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How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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“Sensational…Marnell treads a knife edge between glamorizing her own despair and rendering it with savage honesty. Several sections read like the drug-fueled interludes of The Goldfinch…She propels the reader through what could seem like repetitiveness (drugs, binges, bad mistakes, sprawling parties) with the skill of a pulp novelist.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A remarkably honest memoir of addiction...Marnell is a great storyteller. Funny, with the clever hustler’s knack for an energetically spun tall tale.” (The New Yorker)
"One of the year’s most buzzed-about books...Her—ahem—addictive tone and ready humor, as well as the excitement the book met upon publication, make it easy to see the book as a film. [...] Reading the book, I thought not of the emerging class of young female memoirists, but of the late New York Times media columnist David Carr’s The Night of the Gun." (Vanity Fair)
"This book is a work of substance disguised as an evanescent sparkle...350-plus pages of vertiginous dazzle...Marnell is all coked-up crackle and energetic, angel-dusted impunity." (Slate)
"Marnell’s authorial debut is noteworthy for its compelling twin narratives of a rising young talent in the rarefied world of pre-2008 print publishing and of her simultaneous downward spiral into a death-defying feedback loop of substance abuse, insomnia, bulimia and violent relationships—all told in a prose style that is like a spit in the face to an English teacher or to the notion of authority altogether. Her signature emphatic all caps and charmingly sarcastic colloquialisms, her crass irreverence and staggering self-awareness, are themselves, forgive the figure of speech, addictive." (LA Times)
“The literary love child of Keith Richards’s Life and Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love.” (Nylon)
"Marnell has made a career on, well, being a disaster. Or, more accurately, on being an addict, a descent she details with bracing honesty in her new book." (Washington Post)
"How to Murder Your Life is so readable even when it isn't especially easy to read...All of her relationship stories are ones that put the "brute" in "brutally honest." All of her glamorous evenings end like they're scripted by Cronenberg...How to Murder Your Life is the rare drug memoir that isn't redemptive. It's better because of it." (i-D, Vice)
“Jaw-dropping.” (New York Post)
"The book is as compelling — and as problematic — as her magazine writing: vivid, maddening, heartbreaking, very funny, chaotic and repetitive, as benders are." (New York Times)
About the Author
Cat Marnell is a Condé Nast drop-out and former beauty editor at Lucky and xoJane.com. She wrote the “Amphetamine Logic” column for Vice. How to Murder Your Life is her first book.
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Why do I like this book so much?
I suppose there are a few things. I really like the writing style. ALL THE USE OF CAPS!!!! AND ALL THE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! They make it fun to read. And I just like the author's conversational, witty tone. It makes the whole thing fun to read, you see.
I don't know how I actually feel about the author. I mean, clearly I send her all of the best wishes for herself. She would be (and it seems like she has been) the first to say that she has some major issues. I guess I kind of feel bad for her, even though if I knew her in real life I would probably be incredibly frustrated by her. It was nice to read a book from her perspective because it seems like she has at least some degree of insight into how her behavior and issues affects the people around her.
Anyway, the primary reason that I'm giving this book 5 stars and recommending it is because I just genuinely enjoyed it, and I think a lot of other people will really enjoy the ride of reading it, too.
You may want to avoid if you have issues with prescription pills, drugs, or eating disorders, and if reading about them could trigger you.
Then her book was published. Wow, she is lucky to be alive.
While the road to recovery is different for every addict, the path she has chosen since the start of this book is working for her not against her. The roller coaster ride we are all on took her to the place where the tracks disappear and she went to the shadowlands where you do not do well with reality. Especially as you meet the nocturnal, broken creatures that share your hidden world.
The hurt family members and the damaged relationships are the cost of addiction. She holds nothing back in this book. I found it hard to put down once I read the first chapter. I love her way of expressing herself in words.
Great writing, great storyline and most important, it's honest.
I look forward to the sequel.
she learns to manage her use at the end, somewhat. If the story of working for beauty magazines is compelling enough, it might be worth a read.
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