Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CHERRY by Mary Karr (2000)

Mary Karr lured me in with her muscular prose and unforgiving attitude, especially when it comes to facing the truth about herself in her most recent memoir LIT. So, it was with equal parts trepidation and excitement that I peeled open the cover of CHERRY, the unflinching look at her sexual coming of age from middle school through the end of high school.

It's not like I really needed reminding why I don't want to be 15 again, but what a relief to know that those turbulent days of adolescent hormonal upheaval are entrenched firmly in my past.

Nobody writes about herself with such honesty and vibrancy. If you haven't discovered Mary Karr's prose yet, you've got to bother.

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