All That You Leave Behind

All That You Leave Behind

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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"A celebrated journalist, bestselling author, and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he collapsed in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker at age twenty-seven, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence--1,936 items in total. What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father's writings contain the answers to the questions of how to move forward in life and work without your biggest champion by your 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? ...David Carr's legacy is a lens through which Erin comes to understand her own workplace missteps, existential crises, relationship fails, and toxic relationship with alcohol. Featuring photographs and emails from the author's personal collection, this coming-of-age memoir unpacks the complex relationship between a daughter and her father, their mutual addictions and challenges with sobriety, and the powerful sense of work and family that comes to define them"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399179716
Branch Call Number: 362.29809 C2302C 2019
Characteristics: xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

Erin Carr’s devotion to her famous father and his outsized life
Is unmistakable.
That they share the same field, temperament and alcohol-dependant
gene is writ large in this memoir.
Her life and choices in it have been messy; daughter of a famous man reaps it’s own rewards and draws contrasting nepotism -induced parallels.
Carr is too young for an upper perch on her dad’s coattails and her own behaviour (rivalrous with the stepmother ) is crass.
If anything read the book for David Carr’s commencement address to Berkeley J-school grads, and swoon.


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