One weekend this winter, I stayed in my pjs most of Saturday and read an unstoppable book: The Liars Club by Mary Karr.

A comment on its back cover says, “…Karr survived her awful childhood to write a drop dead reply to the question, Ma, what was it like when you were a little girl?”

It’s not new but a stunning memoir told with clarity and strength.

I found that I related to both the mother — as she spiraled out of control — and her daughter as she found her own ways to cope. One favorite scene describes a special time the author shared with her father. Together they rode horseback through forested mountains followed by a sleep-out by a blazing campfire.

Liz/Moascar (Mar. 11)adds, “I am now reading Dry by Augusten Burroughs. In the book, the author briefly shares glimpses of his truly repulsive childhood — as detailed in Running with Scissors — and his journey of recovery.”

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