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Book Club; From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes…
Book Club; All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir—
Carr wept, too. I left the event deeply moved, and deeply grateful to have my own father there. I expected Carr’s memoir, All That You Leave Behind, to elicit the same level of feeling. On the page, however, she is much less successful at getting her emotions across. In part, this might be a question of voice. Carr is a highly accomplished filmmaker, best known for her HBO documentaries Mommy Dead and Dearest and Thought Crimes, and her prose has a screenwriter’s economy. She moves rapidly from scene to scene, never lingering on the complex emotions that memoirs are built to investigate. As a result, All That You Leave Behind functions far better as a portrait of David Carr than as one of the writer herself. She consistently lets her father overshadow her on the page.
Toward the book’s end, Carr cites her father’s journalistic reminder that “you are not an intrinsically interesting subject,” and yet a memoirist must be interested in herself. How else can a memoir work? Carr often seems guarded or shy on the page, as if shielding her emotions from the reader. This is especially true in the chapters dealing with her alcohol abuse. She traces her struggle to get sober while processing her father’s death, but nearly every scene ends with a blackout; she never tries to find out what happened, nor does she give voice to her sister, her best friend, and her boyfriend, all of whom were present throughout.
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If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door
it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have
we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear.
will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our
attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will
intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is
for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.