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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Title:All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir
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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.

  • 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.

  • Travel.with.a.book

    All that you leave behind

    I'm so thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of "All That YouLeave Behind" and the author for sharing her story which it should be read or heard by everyone because not everyone has the will or courage to share her/his story to the world without making edits that didn't happen but the author Erin Lee Carr is brave and smart person sharing her memoir into a book that I wish it lasted more but good things always feel short.

    It's not up to me to judge someone's act

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    I'm so thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of "All That YouLeave Behind" and the author for sharing her story which it should be read or heard by everyone because not everyone has the will or courage to share her/his story to the world without making edits that didn't happen but the author Erin Lee Carr is brave and smart person sharing her memoir into a book that I wish it lasted more but good things always feel short.

    It's not up to me to judge someone's actions in life of what the author has been through.

    It didn't take me long enough to get into the story of Erin's life, I had never heard of the author before but I wish I had because she has inspired me and giving me goosebumps of a relief, it made me feel so good.

    Her words and huge love for her father is everything I ever wanted from someone's story, Erin doesn't hesitate to share her story of her romantic lover, her struggles of being an addict that is trying to build her good side at the same time wrecking her bad habits which all of us have and Erin shows that in every rain after it comes the rainbow, so I guess that's the short review of inspiring memoir of strongly talented Erin!

    I find is so inspiring that Erin wrote her story and the connection between David and Erin (father and daughter) everytime you try to write about your life you might feel like something is missing but "All That You Leave Behind" is a great memoir with everything perfect put together.

    Erin is the most honest author that writes exactly and not changing the perspectives of the characters, I'm grateful that I have read this memoir.

    The book helped me love and appreciate more my close family, the struggles that we have today will be forgotten tomorrow as long as we have our loved ones by our sides!

  • Claire Gibson

    This book is full of wisdom. I listened on audible, but plan to am buy a copy - if not for the beautiful way Erin shares about her battle with substance abuse/alcoholism, then for the incredible e-mails included that would help me in my efforts as a writer. Every page is full of lessons and kindness and Erin's gut-wrenching vulnerability. Bravo.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scott Wilson

    For a book so frequently humbling to the author, it still suggests that much has been withheld. The net is something affecting but shallow: a grief memoir that, quite reasonably, takes for granted the reader's native interest in David Carr but does so at the expense of maximum interrogation, and an addiction memoir that likewise assumes, and frequently refers to, David Carr's own addiction and addiction memoir as a means to establish genetic connectivity without plumbing it very deeply, either.

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    For a book so frequently humbling to the author, it still suggests that much has been withheld. The net is something affecting but shallow: a grief memoir that, quite reasonably, takes for granted the reader's native interest in David Carr but does so at the expense of maximum interrogation, and an addiction memoir that likewise assumes, and frequently refers to, David Carr's own addiction and addiction memoir as a means to establish genetic connectivity without plumbing it very deeply, either.

    There's also not a lot of questioning here about the layers of privilege attending the author's journey. One of the harsher, though perhaps least intended, takeaways about David Carr here is that, however earned it surely was, his own authority as a writer and thinker was thoroughly intertwined with that of the Times. The paper was mace and shield for him, and even here, in his daughter's book, there's the feeling that it infected him with a self-importance sometimes unbecoming -- and in keeping with that of his peers, especially in the Trump era that postdates his death. There's something sort of cringe-inducing, to me anyway, about the scenes of his wake and his funeral, with its media A-list. I would like to imagine that David Carr would be among the most critical media watchers were he alive today; but this book is a reminder that, to a certain echelon of media, of which Carr was a member and which he clearly relished, it's all a game.

    So, yeah, this is a book for people who miss David Carr, and it shows him as a devoted but complex and very flawed parent. It also shows that, while storytelling may be heritable, elitism and succession in media aren't good things.

  • 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.

  • Marisa

    Repeat after me: having a good story to tell does not make you an author.

  • 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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