To continue writing about the books in my life this December, let me introduce another love to you. Have you ever read anything by Mary Karr? Back in August I read Lit by Karr and this month I’ve been reading her earlier book Cherry. I was introduced to Carr by my freshman year advisor at Bates and until now haven’t read much by her.
“You just have to be smarter than
the ones who are prettier
and prettier than the ones
who are smarter.”
“Suddenly, I know so much. I understand about waves and
cross tides and how jellyfish float and why rivers empty
themselves in the Gulf. I understand the undulating movement of the stingray on Sea Hunt and the hard forward muscle of the shark.”
I love her writing so much and am sad to be finishing Cherry now, although I know I have The Liars’ Club to read after. The amazing part of all of Karr’s books is she writes so honestly about her life. I love memoirs but her’s by far are my favorite. This one has the added bonus by being about her adolescence in rural Texas. I love the South, and the only thing I love more than visiting it is reading about it while riding the metro in New York.