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lit: a memoir…

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litWell, I fell for another Kindle Daily Deal.  Apparently, I am their target audience!!  I read quite quickly and can’t spend $12.99 on a new book all the time, so I buy the Kindle Daily deal for 99 cents!  Although, I do borrow e-books from the public library they don’t have all of the books on my “to read” list.  Hence, the Kindle Daily Deal purchases. 

I bought the book Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr.  She is the author of The Liar’s Club which is a popular book with good ratings, so I decided to give “Lit” a try.

Lit is a memoir of an alcoholic mother and her recount of raising her son and her relationship with her husband while she was drinking.  She talks about her mother and father, who were also big drinkers.  To me, it raised the question about nature or nurture.  It seems a bit of both played a part on her road to alcoholism.  It was an interesting read.

The Kindle Daily Deal worked in more ways than one on me… I am now intrigued enough by the author’s story that I plan on reading “The Liar’s Club” as well (which is not available as an e-book at the public library and sells for $12.99 at amazon.com).  Darn Kindle Daily Deal. 

I gave the book 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com simply because I was a bit bored by the end of the book.  But, I thought it was interesting enough to want to read other books written by her.

Goodreads describes the book:

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can’t outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in “The Mental Marriott,” with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, “Give me chastity, Lord–but not yet ” has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

“Lit” is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr’s relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up–as only Mary Karr can tell it.

not comin’ home to you…

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I bought Not Comin’ Home To You from a “Kindle Daily Deal” email for 99 cents.  It looked interesting enough to spend a buck on it.

This book was a quick read.  I did not put it down and go on to another book (which I have done twice lately) and I read it in two days.  So, there is something to say for that.

The book switched perspectives at the end and it was hard to continue.  More than 80% of the book was written from the views of the main characters and then it changed at the end… I could have done without that.  The author intended the book to become a movie (but someone beat him to the punch, he said).  I’m assuming the switch in perspectives was because it was supposed to be a screenplay.

This book was interesting.  It was loosely based on the real-life killers of Charles Starkweather and Caril Anne Fugate of the 1950’s.

If you want a quick read and the book is still available at a discounted price – go for it.

Goodreads description:

He is Jimmie John Hall, “free and white and 22”. Her name is Betty Dienhardt, plain, friendless, and oppressed by a bleak home life. In each other, they find a chance for love and fulfillment. But they are doomed. For Jimmie John has already embarked on a killing spree on the backroads of the Southwest that will leave 14 innocent people dead.