She was the best of mothers, she was the worst of mothers. She was always present but unknowable, she was unknowable but often present. She was the touchstone of existence, she was the essence of loss. Two extraordinary mothers, two searching daughters, two journeys to take, many questions to be answered. Read them together for a dive into two markedly different worlds, both with daughters trying to make sense of their childhoods as their future depends on it. -Book Club Advisor
Ordinary Light by Tracy K.Smith
One of the Best Books of the Year
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In “Ordinary Light, ” Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith tells her remarkable story, giving us a quietly potent memoir that explores her coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Hereis the story of a young artist struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America.
The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
The dazzling, prizewinning, wickedly funny tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood the book that sparked a renaissance in memoir
When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr’s The Liars Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir’s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as funny, lively, and un-put-downable (USA Today) today as it ever was.
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