Sunday, November 04, 2018

Amy Tan's ten favorite books

Amy Tan’s books include the novel The Joy Luck Club and the memoir Where the Past Begins.

One of her ten favorite books, as shared at
The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

I remember reading this memoir some 20 years ago and thinking I had found a long-lost childhood friend. With the language of a poet — both incandescent and glaringly fluorescent — Karr recounts sexual abuse, the charm and unreliability of her alcoholic father, and the emotional chaos of her brilliant, beautiful, and mentally ill mother. What emerges in memory is a meditation on truth found in love and self-knowledge.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Liars’ Club is among Padma Lakshmi's 6 favorite books, René Steinke’s top six Texas books that aren't about cowboys, Julie Buntin's top twelve memoirs by women that will get you through anything, Calvin Trillin's five favorite memoirs, and Rebecca Ford's favorite five non-fiction books.

--Marshal Zeringue