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Author Karr, Mary.

Title The art of memoir / Mary Karr.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    809.9359 Karr,M KAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    809.93592 KAR    Lost and Paid
 PAS San Rafael Branch Non-Fiction    809.93592 KAR    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xxiii, 229 pages ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-226).
Summary Author of three memoirs of her own, Mary Karr synthesizes her expertise as graduate writing professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and "black belt sinner," providing an irreverent window into the mechanics and art of the form.
Contents Caveat emptor -- Welcome to my chew toy -- The past's vigor -- The truth contract twixt writer and reader -- Why not to write a memoir: Plus a pop quiz to protect the bleeding & box out the rigid -- A voice conjures the human who utters it -- Don't try this at home: The seductive, narcissistic count -- Sacred carnality -- How to choose a detail -- Hucksters, the deluded, and big fat liars -- Interiority and inner enemy: Private agonies read deeper than external whammies -- On finding the nature of your talent -- The visionary Maxine Hong Kingston -- Dealing with beloveds (on and off the page) -- On information, facts, and data -- Personal run-ins with fake voices -- On book structure and the order of information -- The road to hell is paved with exaggeration -- Blind spots and false selves -- Truth hunger: The public and private burning of Kathryn Harrison -- Old-school technologies for the stalled novice -- Major reversals in Cherry and Lit -- Why memoirs fail -- An incomplete checklist to stave off dread -- Michael Herr: Start in Kansas, end in Oz -- Against vanity: In praise of revision.
Subject Karr, Mary.
Autobiography -- Authorship.
Biography as a literary form.
ISBN 9780062223067 (hardcover)
0062223062 (hardcover)

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