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All That You Leave Behind
All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir | Erin Lee Carr
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“A documentary filmmaker and daughter of the late, great New York Times columnist David Carr celebrates and wrestles with her father’s legacy in a raw, redemptive memoir.”—O: The Oprah Magazine (The Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in 2019) “A breathtaking read . . . a testimony equal parts love and candor. David would have had it no other way.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, bestselling author of Between the World and Me Dad: What will set you apart is not talent but will and a certain kind of humility. A willingness to let the world show you things that you play back as you grow as an artist. Talent is cheap. Me: OK I will ponder these things. I am a Carr. Dad: That should matter quite a bit, actually not the name but the guts of what that name means. A celebrated journalist, bestselling author (The Night of the Gun), and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he suffered a fatal collapse in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, at age twenty-seven an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence—1,936 items in total—in search of comfort and support. What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father’s writings contain the answers to the question of how to move forward in life and work without her biggest champion by her side? How could she fill the space left behind by a man who had come to embody journalistic integrity, rigor, and hard reporting, whose mentorship meant everything not just to her but to the many who served alongside him? All That You Leave Behind is a poignant coming-of-age story that offers a raw and honest glimpse into the multilayered relationship between a daughter and a father. Through this lens, Erin comes to understand her own workplace missteps, existential crises, and relationship fails. While daughter and father bond over their mutual addictions and challenges with sobriety, it is their powerful sense of work and family that comes to ultimately define them. This unique combination of Erin Lee Carr’s earnest prose and her father’s meaningful words offers a compelling read that shows us what it means to be vulnerable and lost, supported and found. It is a window into love, with all of its fierceness and frustrations. “Thank you, Erin, for this beautiful book. Now I am going to steal all of your father’s remarkable advice and tell my kids I thought of it.”—Judd Apatow
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alanamaghan92
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As someone who lost a parent this book hit the feels.

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Erin Lee Carr's memoir All That You Leave Behind is a heartwrenchingly honest examination of the loss of her father. David Carr, New York Times columnist and author of The Night of the Gun (one of the books that cemented my love for nonfiction), was a giant in the eyes of the world and in the life of his daughter. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Erin Carr, who struggles with the same alcohol addiction that plagued her father, is unflinching in her portrayal of her own behavior before and after her father's death. She has--as does anyone who has lost a parent (or anyone)--regrets, and she is so, so honest in her consideration of her father's place in her life. Beautiful, tender, raw tribute. 2mo
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Cconnolly
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This was a quick read, but I don‘t feel that I gained anything. I was hoping for more of a father-daughter relationship story, but most of the story was about Erin‘s struggles with alcohol. I am intrigued to learn more about David Carr. This is what happens when I read memoirs or biographies, it opens up a new chapter of discovery for me. Glad that I read it, but can‘t give it a thumbs up.

Cinfhen Helpful review, thanks 😉🙏🏻 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 He was interesting in Page One...documentary about the NYT...if you haven‘t seen that already, I highly recommend! 3mo
Cconnolly @JanuarieTimewalker13, thanks for the recommendation. 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 No problem🌸 3mo
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catiewithac
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I cancelled my #botm subscription again because I hope to try out the non-fiction beta version. I chose this as my April book because it was the only memoir option among fiction. Erin Lee Carr does a great job of bringing her relationship with her father to life. Honestly, I prefer his words to hers; he‘s by far the more articulate Carr. The author comes across as whiny, but she doesn‘t paint herself & her struggles with sobriety in a rosy light.

8little_paws Yeah I'm increasingly drawn to the nonfiction version as well 3mo
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j9brown
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The author wrote really wonderfully about grief and mourning, and was brutally honest about her alcoholism.
That said, I'm not sure I would have been quite as into this if I hadn't already read The Night of the Gun (her father's book). Memoirs by young people aren't usually my thing. Glad I chose it, though! #botm

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catiewithac
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I rejoined #botm last month because of a special offer, but I didn‘t cancel before I was charged for April. So I used my credit and added on one of the nonfiction extras. I‘m planning to cancel this subscription and rejoin the nonfiction beta club. Just not a popular fiction reader.🤷‍♀️