Books written by Mary Karr

Now Go Out There

Harper | April 5, 2016 | 80 pages
A celebration of curiosity, compassion, and the surprising power of fear, based on the New York Times bestselling author and renowned professor’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University. “Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious & compassionate will save your ass.” Every... More Info


Harper Perennial | September 29, 2015 | 464 pages
Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up—as only Mary... More Info

The Art of Memoir

Harper | September 15, 2015 | 256 pages
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning... More Info

Viper Rum

Penguin Group USA | August 30, 2001 | 78 pages
In her third autobiographical collection of poems, the author of The Liar's Club explores the theme of death, the inevitable storm that comes to the soul. Reprint.  More Info

Sinners Welcome

Harper Perennial | November 3, 2009 | 112 pages
In her fourth collection of poems, self-described black-belt sinner Mary Karr traces her improbable journey from the inferno of a tormented childhood into a resolutely irreverent Catholicism. Not since Saint Augustine wrote “Give me chastity, Lord—but not yet!” has anyone brought such... More Info

The Liars' Club

Penguin (Non-Classics) | August 17, 2019 | 320 pages
The author, a poet, recounts her difficult childhood growing up in a Texas oil town.  More Info