By Mary Karr
Karr is the Lucinda Williams of contemporary writers: poetic, soulful, country, street, passionate. Her mother read a lot and her father was a blue-collar, hard-working man. He and his buddies made up the Liars' Club, a group that hung out at the American Legion or in the back room of Fisher's Bait Shop. Karr's dedication to her parents is beautiful: "For Charlie Marie Moore Karr and J.P. Karr, who taught me to love books and stories, respectively." Some people find it impossible to forgive or understand their parents. Despite Karr's difficult childhood, you can tell from this memoir that she loved her parents dearly—and she has come up with a loving tribute to them.