LIT is a memoir. Mary Karr's third memoir. It's a great, humorous, engaging, self-aware book about being a woman. It's a story about her young adult life. She takes us through her college experience, marriage and motherhood. It's also a story about alcoholism and coming to terms with family, with self and with a spiritual longing. By the end of a brilliantly written (my view) book, her acute self awareness has taken her to a new place. She goes from her father's, "Church is a trick on poor people." To defiantly, with many twists and turns, embracing a spirituality which even includes doing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The first half, where she describes her fall into alcoholism, is tough reading (her humor helps). But her foray into the twelve steps--with much kicking and screaming, is very helpful. In my [Jeanne Jones] psychology practice I've told people to read this book!