On Sale: April 30, 2019
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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
addiction and sobriety, work 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 (The Night of
the Gun), and recovering addict, David Carr was in the
prime of his career when he suffered a fatal collapse in the
newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by
his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, at age twenty-seven
an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker, began combing
through the entirety of their shared correspondence—1,936
items in total—in search of comfort and support.
What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an
active investigation: Did her father’s writings contain the
answers to the question of how to move forward in life and
work without her biggest champion by her 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?
All That You Leave Behind is a poignant coming-of-age
story that offers a raw and honest glimpse into the
multilayered relationship between a daughter and a
father. Through this lens, Erin comes to understand her own
workplace missteps, existential crises, and relationship
fails. While daughter and father bond over their mutual
addictions and challenges with sobriety, it is their
powerful sense of work and family that comes to ultimately
This unique combination of Erin Lee Carr’s earnest prose and
her father’s meaningful words offers a compelling read that
shows us what it means to be vulnerable and lost, supported
and found. It is a window into love, with all of its
fierceness and frustrations.
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