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"This book is perfect for writers of all stripes, not just those interested in memoir. Karr is a poet and a no-nonsense Texan who delivers exactly the kind of writing advice you need - thoughtful, honest, and leaving room for no excuses. Of course, for those of us who are fans of her memoirs The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit, this book provides terrific insight into the process that created some of the most memorable modern memoirs on our shelves. If you can't get yourself into the MFA program at Syracuse, you can at least sit in your own living room, read this book, and learn more than a thing or two from the incomparable Mary Karr."— Julie W.
“Karr, a professor of literature at Syracuse University and the author of three memoirs, provides readers and writers with background, insights, hints, history, and humor related to both her own writing and that of other memoirists, past and present. The book is valuable not only to those who aspire to document portions of their own lives, but also to those who find the genre of memoir of interest for casual reading.”
— Susan P. (W), The Book Shoppe, Inc., Boone, IA