Do memoirs have to be so unhappy?

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So your first pick is The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr. Why did you choose that to start with?It’s one of my favourite memoirs. I think she manages to capture the city that she lived in, and its surroundings, beautifully – you can almost smell the oil refineries. I don’t believe she names the city, but it’s in that east Texas, Gulf Coast area where there are a lot of people who work on the rigs. So she captures that, and I felt it was an honest book. I give people a little leeway on memoirs. On regular non-fiction, I have orthodox views (or somewhere between Orthodox and Hasidic probably) – but when it comes to memoirs, I don’t really expect that the sentence that is being quoted from when the person was four years old, you can go to the bank with, but I feel it is their story. And I found hers essentially believable.One of the reviews of Mary Karr’s book claimed it was the book that really kicked off the current vogue in memoirs…Continue Reading…

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Do memoirs have to be so unhappy?

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