Mary Karr calls liars on their lies and discusses 'The Art of Memoir'

Mary Karr, 60, is the author of three memoirs - "The Liars' Club" (1995), "Cherry" (2000) and "Lit" (2009) - four volumes of poetry and the book currently holding steady on bestseller lists, "The Art of Memoir." The short volume is not just for people working on their own memoirs; Karr's comments apply to any prose that involves the first person and the presentation of a memory, an object both fluid and stubborn. "The Art of Memoir" (Harper, $24.99) also works as a reader's guide, addressing Karr's own shifts in perspective as she's written down her life.

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