All that you leave behind : a memoir / Erin Lee Carr.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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? 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"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      The blue house -- Rain check -- The night in question -- The ghost in you -- It all starts somewhere -- The other woman -- Rites of passage -- How (not) to intern -- Something new -- Holiday party advice -- Far from the tree -- The house of many felled trees -- Stories are there for the telling -- Tyranny of self -- Choose wisely -- The criers get nothing -- Sometimes you get both barrels -- Gut check -- Liability -- Ninety days -- SOS -- Jelly beans -- The experiment -- The water has it now -- The wake -- His second act -- Traces -- The upside of getting fired -- Chatter -- The castle without its El Rey -- If it's not getting better, consider the alternative -- Resentments -- Sad girl's guide -- A glacier first melts at the edges -- Things I learned from David Carr: a list -- Books I read while writing this book.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-238).
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      CARR, E. L. All that you leave behind : a memoir. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2019. ISBN 9780399179716. Disponível em: Acesso em: 10 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Carr EL. All That You Leave behind : A Memoir. Ballantine Books; 2019. Accessed December 10, 2019.
    • APA:
      Carr, E. L. (2019). All that you leave behind : a memoir. Ballantine Books. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Carr, Erin Lee. 2019. All That You Leave behind : A Memoir. Ballantine Books.
    • Harvard:
      Carr, E. L. (2019) All that you leave behind : a memoir. Ballantine Books. Available at: (Accessed: 10 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Carr, EL 2019, All that you leave behind : a memoir, Ballantine Books, viewed 10 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Carr, Erin Lee. All That You Leave behind : A Memoir. Ballantine Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Carr, Erin Lee. All That You Leave behind : A Memoir. Ballantine Books, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Carr EL. All that you leave behind : a memoir [Internet]. Ballantine Books; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 10]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1

When journalist David Carr dies suddenly at 58, he leaves behind twin daughters in their early twenties. One, the author, a budding documentary producer, lost both a beloved parent and a mentor. In this poignant memoir, Carr goes back over her life searching for clues to understand their relationship, their mutual demons, and their artistic visions. She shares excerpts from her father's many texts, emails, letters, and interactions, allowing readers to get a feel for the talented journalist's voice and thoughts. Entering the media world in her father's shadow is a mixed blessing, allowing her access to jobs even as she's judged by his standards. Their relationship has moments of complete understanding and moments of painful disagreement. He had defeated his drug and alcohol cravings; she was still unwilling to admit to her addictions. In the months that followed her father's death, Carr had to come to terms with her grief and anger and find a way to honor his memory. Writing her moving memoir accomplishes both and serves as a guide for others who grieve. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 February #4

Documentary filmmaker Carr addresses her addiction to alcohol and her father's influence over her in this bold and incisive memoir. The daughter of the late New York Times journalist David Carr (1956–2015), Erin and her twin sister Meagan were born three months early to parents addicted to cocaine. The weight of parenthood forced their father to straighten himself out, while the girls' mother disappeared from their lives. Erin began drinking in high school, and, like her father, she drifted in and out of AA meetings. But after her father, who was battling lung cancer, collapsed on the New York Times newsroom floor and died at age 58, Erin realized that life is precious, and she clung to his used reporter's notebooks and continued to send her father daily text messages for advice. Erin writes honestly about her relationship with her father ("In order for our relationship to work, I had to learn to not take his darker moments personally") as she delivers a clear-eyed view into multigenerational substance abuse and simultaneously celebrates the redemption of a father's love. Readers can't help but get caught up in Erin's tragic and ultimately transformative story. Agent: Meg Thompson, Thompson Literary. (Apr.) Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated the author's sister started drinking in high school.

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.