All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir

All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir

An acclaimed documentary filmmaker comes to terms with her larger-than-life father, the late New York Times journalist David Carr, in this fierce memoir of love, addiction, and family. 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 i...

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  • Athena Rupas

    All That You Leave Behind is written by Erin Carr, the beloved New York Times columnist David Carr who passed away February 12, 2015. In this memoir, Erin Carr talks about her own struggles with addiction, which her father battled too as chronicled in his own memoir Night of the Gun. Erin's book is essentially about her relationship with her father who was also her mentor. She tells about how she faces many of the same demons (addiction) that her father did as well.

    What I liked the most about th

    All That You Leave Behind is written by Erin Carr, the beloved New York Times columnist David Carr who passed away February 12, 2015. In this memoir, Erin Carr talks about her own struggles with addiction, which her father battled too as chronicled in his own memoir Night of the Gun. Erin's book is essentially about her relationship with her father who was also her mentor. She tells about how she faces many of the same demons (addiction) that her father did as well.

    What I liked the most about the book was that Erin includes email exchanges with her father, so it's as if you get to hear his voice in the book. I think that concept is really cool and unique. It allows Erin to really give us a real sense of what their relationship was. I had a hard time putting my kindle down, I was that enthralled with the book. I've always been a big fan of David Carr and I am glad NetGalley allowed me to preview this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Stacia Manion

    To disclose all of the reasons why I relate SO hard to this book would be an overshare of the longest and most cringeworthy sort.

    The book is short, but I took in every word slowly and will do so again, no doubt. Additionally, I took a night off from reading to watch Thought Crimes, which I can also wholly 5-star recommend (though, I agree with your dad, girl: wayyy too much of Gil eating!)

    And finally, I took MANY many moments to text my dad and a full two hours this last Saturday to speak with

    To disclose all of the reasons why I relate SO hard to this book would be an overshare of the longest and most cringeworthy sort.

    The book is short, but I took in every word slowly and will do so again, no doubt. Additionally, I took a night off from reading to watch Thought Crimes, which I can also wholly 5-star recommend (though, I agree with your dad, girl: wayyy too much of Gil eating!)

    And finally, I took MANY many moments to text my dad and a full two hours this last Saturday to speak with him on the phone (ON THE PHONE - THAT'S NOT ME). It was lovely and David Carr's words of encouragement (and disappointment) to Erin are just so similar to my own father's unwavering support (and disappointment) for me; this memoir made me want to hug him every last day of his life and thank him endlessly for being my amazing dad.

  • Barbara Zeller

    A raw, honest, no punches pulled memoir. For fans of David or Erin Carr, budding journalists, grieving souls, this book is a must read. Superbly written. Could not put it down. Erin talks about how her dad mentored her into journalism, his invaluable advice and tough love. She is brutally honest about her and his struggles with alcohol, the pain it caused them both. She expertly shows the love he felt for his family and work. We are all flawed. Erin puts hers right out there. She has picked up t

    A raw, honest, no punches pulled memoir. For fans of David or Erin Carr, budding journalists, grieving souls, this book is a must read. Superbly written. Could not put it down. Erin talks about how her dad mentored her into journalism, his invaluable advice and tough love. She is brutally honest about her and his struggles with alcohol, the pain it caused them both. She expertly shows the love he felt for his family and work. We are all flawed. Erin puts hers right out there. She has picked up the story-telling gift from her dad, with a lot of hard work. I look forward to her future endeavors.

  • Anthony De Rosa

    Erin's writing debut is crackling. Her words leap off the page. Punchy, to the point but without lacking details that paint a vivid picture of a chaotic life that she's managed to navigate through grit and hustle. The shadow of her legendary father looms large, a double edged sword that helped open doors but also forced her to prove her own talents, which she's done with this memoir and her exceptional documentary work. It stands on its own, but also works as a great compliment to her father's N

    Erin's writing debut is crackling. Her words leap off the page. Punchy, to the point but without lacking details that paint a vivid picture of a chaotic life that she's managed to navigate through grit and hustle. The shadow of her legendary father looms large, a double edged sword that helped open doors but also forced her to prove her own talents, which she's done with this memoir and her exceptional documentary work. It stands on its own, but also works as a great compliment to her father's Night Of The Gun, filling in the spaces where I wished to have heard more of her side of the story. Erin bravely shares the raw details of her complicated family and romantic relationships, struggles with addiction, the deep despair that comes with the loss of a father/mentor, and her strive to find her place as an artist on her own terms and merits. Erin managed to capture both the darkness and the light of her experience and provides a useful guide for how others might also find their way through to the other side.

  • Michelle

    Fantastic memoir written by a woman who loses her (fascinating, complicated, famous in some circles) father far too soon. Beautifully written and an excellent listen on audiobook.

  • Jennifer Bouchillon

    This is not a book I normally would have chosen for myself, but I read it as an ARC, and I’m glad I did. It took me a little bit to get into it, maybe because I didn’t know either Erin or David Carr. But ultimately I found it poignant and insightful, both to the relationship between a father and daughter, and as an inside look at generational addiction.

    I was inspired by the author’s honesty in sharing her fears, struggles, mistakes, regrets, and her grief. I loved that she didn’t paint herself o

    This is not a book I normally would have chosen for myself, but I read it as an ARC, and I’m glad I did. It took me a little bit to get into it, maybe because I didn’t know either Erin or David Carr. But ultimately I found it poignant and insightful, both to the relationship between a father and daughter, and as an inside look at generational addiction.

    I was inspired by the author’s honesty in sharing her fears, struggles, mistakes, regrets, and her grief. I loved that she didn’t paint herself or her father in a perfect light, but instead laid bare their shortcomings in a way that made these unknown-to-me people come to life and had me rooting for and grieving with them.

    I think I’ll now enjoy reading David Carr’s The Night of the Gun.

  • Jillian

    I really liked this book. I’m not big on media or movies or things like that, but still found the story compelling. It was a good tribute to her father and it was really easy to read.

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate

    I was gifted with a wonderful dad who told me over and over how much he loved me. So many people do not get that. Yes, we want more time but I, right now at this moment feel gratitude for what I had. ..... I try to say “I love you” every day to him. Just in case he is in a place quiet enough to hear it. The skeptic in me doubts that he listens, but I still do it.” I stopped and started Erin Lee Carr's gorgeous memoir about six times last week. The only reason that I kept putting it down was beca

    I was gifted with a wonderful dad who told me over and over how much he loved me. So many people do not get that. Yes, we want more time but I, right now at this moment feel gratitude for what I had. ..... I try to say “I love you” every day to him. Just in case he is in a place quiet enough to hear it. The skeptic in me doubts that he listens, but I still do it.” I stopped and started Erin Lee Carr's gorgeous memoir about six times last week. The only reason that I kept putting it down was because I could no longer see the words on the page through my tears. •

    All That You Leave Behind is Erin’s powerful memoir and tribute to her late father David, who passed away very unexpectedly four years ago. Erin finds herself completely unmoored by his absence and so she begins to sift through their correspondence. I did this very thing after my dad died, reading texts and emails over and over... watching videos of him and playing back voicemails just so I could hear him one more time. Being the prolific journalist that her father was, Erin was fortunate to have thousands of tweets, emails and film at her finger tips and the end result of that is this incredibly stirring story of a flawed man whose encouragement and big love for his daughters never wavered. His words and the life lessons that are found throughout this book are not only a gift to her, but a gift to all of us.

    Through Erin’s words, my heart was shattered - I could hardly get through some of the passages because I completely understood what she was experiencing and they made me miss my dad so much. Through her father’s words, my heart was put back together again because I was tenderly reminded of what it’s like to bask in the love of someone who is your biggest champion whether you are riding high on the waves of success or have hit rock bottom and are not sure how you will ever get back up.

    I am very grateful for Sarita's (of @sunflowerwrites) beautiful soul who buddy read this book with me. ❤️ I hope you will take a moment on this Monday morning and reach out to someone you care about... life passes too quickly to leave things unsaid. Thank you, Book of the Month for another amazing selection.

  • Rachel Jackson

    [In full disclosure, I received

    as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.]

    Back in my journalism days, I used to be among the masses who loved David Carr's writing. A highly renowned New York Times journalist, his columns and tweets were legendary among fellow journos, and I remember being enthralled when the documentary "Page One" came out. When I heard about his daughter Erin Lee Carr's memoir about his life and their relationship, I was curious what fu

    [In full disclosure, I received

    as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.]

    Back in my journalism days, I used to be among the masses who loved David Carr's writing. A highly renowned New York Times journalist, his columns and tweets were legendary among fellow journos, and I remember being enthralled when the documentary "Page One" came out. When I heard about his daughter Erin Lee Carr's memoir about his life and their relationship, I was curious what further informaiton she could provide about his life, separate from the gargantuan media reputation that he had both before and after his untimely death.

    Unfortunately, Carr's memoir falls flat of my expectations and wasn't able to hold my interest as I read along. The book is a chronicle of the relationship between David and Erin as they both struggled through addiction, careers and relationships with their families, but I found it devoid of compelling content and anything worth relating to. Instead, Erin Lee Carr sounded like a whiny, privileged girl the entire book through, making irresponsible choices, staying in denial, ignoring the feelings of people around her. I became annoyed with her the more she wrote about her life's experiences. Rather than providing a touching daughter's perspective into the life of David Carr, Erin Lee Carr made her father sound even more annoying and dangerous—which is eye-opening, for sure, but not in the way she was probably going for. And she also plays into that same tone herself, hyping up the party-girl reputation she had when she was drinking while not broadening her narrative into a deeper connection with her father.

    And indeed, Erin Lee Carr had so many opportunities to make

    into a powerful memoir that connected father to daughter to community, but instead it was self-serving and frankly poorly written. She's a filmmaker, and that was obvious as I read along, since she failed to make meaningful stories or morals in her writing, the way that I kept hoping for and was disappointed about every time. Both she and her father have interesting stories if they were told properly, but it didn't work here. It was very disconnected and random in certain places, and the way she told the story didn't work with the content within it.

    It seems like the whole process of writing all of this out for the book was part of Erin Lee Carr's grieving process, which is certainly a healthy way to address those types of feelings. But it came across as much too stream-of-consciousness, word-vomit type of writing rather than a cohesive story. Telling a story as an output for grief has so much potential to leave an impact. But unfortunately I found myself doing a bit of hate-reading as I went, and I was wishing the book could be over with more quickly.

  • Book of the Month

    Why I love it

    by Book of the Month

    So wrote David Carr, the late

    columnist in an email to his daughter, the author of this heart-smart and dazzling memoir. Technically, this is Erin’s story of growing up, stru

    Why I love it

    by Book of the Month

    So wrote David Carr, the late

    columnist in an email to his daughter, the author of this heart-smart and dazzling memoir. Technically, this is Erin’s story of growing up, struggling through a string of internships, and finding her way into documentary filmmaking. But at its heart, this book is a tribute to David, the brilliant editor, former addict, and occasionally mercurial father. In fact, some of the best moments in

    —a coming-of-age story set in the glamorous-yet-grimy world of New York media—are these father-daughter correspondences, which are by turns vulnerable, wise, whacky and ferociously affectionate.

    What’s interesting about this book is that it’s both deeply personal and universal. As a retelling of their relationship, it’s safe to say this book isn’t

    anyone but Erin and David. On the other hand, by examining their bond, Erin arrives at a story that feels utterly relatable in its complications and kindnesses.

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