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All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir

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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 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 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 27, 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?

In ALL THAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND, 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.

All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir
by Erin Lee Carr

  • Publication Date: April 9, 2019
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0399179712
  • ISBN-13: 9780399179716