I am in the middle of the new biography of Peggy Lee and her young life was nothing any of us would want and look what she did with the rest of it. I think you are so right that we -the human race-can overcome so much and do good with our lives.
Lovely blog, Liz! And isn’t amazing what people survive, and how strong it makes them?
What a wonderful choice, Liz. I think both Mary Karr’s memoirs are fascinating, although Cherry, in my opinion, never reaches the level of Liar’s Club. I found it especially interesting to return to her poems after reading Liar’s Club and to see the connections. Eric Selinger, whom some will recognize from Romance Scholar and the Teach Me Tonight blog, wrote an excellent essay on Karr, placing Liar’s Club within the context of her poetry and the memoir as a genre. I highly recommend it.
I love books that are unflinchingly honest when it comes to real life, Liz. It’s just so foreign to my nature because I refuse to surrender my rose-colored glasses. Sounds like a fascinating book!
I’m not one to read autobiographies, they’re too real and hard. I tend to want to read stories that make me feel good.
Like you said, everybody goes through tough times and I, like anyone else, have… I just don’t want to live through other people’s strife, no matter how well their story ends.
Though, after reading your point of view, it make me want to look Liars Club up!
It sounds marvelous, Liz! Thanks for telling us about it.
Liz, that blog was amazing. You have fully persuaded me to read this book.
It is an amazing thing, the human spirit, is it not? It can triumph over all of life’s obstacles, all it needs is a great attitude and a wise mind.
I have CHERRY, too, Janga, but haven’t read it yet. I think it would be hard to top LIARS’ CLUB, frankly.
I promise, Froggie, that you will close the book feeling good, even after reading sections that break your heart. Mary Karr is an incredibly strong person, and a terrific role model for anyone.
And dcchung86, you put it beautifully. The proper attitude and strength of mind can get a person through just about anything.
I’m sorry I didn’t generate a lot of discussion with the book blog yesterday, but this is a book I feel very strongly needs to be read without a lot of preparation. I didn’t want to risk spoilers. I can’t recommend it enough, honestly. It’s just an incredible book.