Sunday, August 17, 2008

First Book--New Classics Book Challenge

One Down, five to go!

My first book for the New Classics Book Challenge is The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. It is a memoir, mostly of the author's tumultous childhood. It is an incredibly strong tale, for Ms. Karr and her sister have been through a lot. Set mostly in the early sixties, the two sisters are struggling to make it through childhood with two alcoholic parents, their dying, crazy grandmother, being the toughest kids in the neighborhood and their Mother's "nervous" condition. It's the kind of book that makes you thankful for your own "normal" upbringing! Through all of the problems in their lives, Mary and her sister Lecia truly love their parents and are very close. It's a beautifully written book, with a large secret entwined with the passing of the pages.

Next up: "Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America" by Barbara Enrenreich.

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