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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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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.
I was disappointed with this book, to say the least. I gave it 2 stars for grammar and mild entertainment.
It's basically about a spoiled East Coast airhead (don't worry, she's fully aware of this and slightly proud of it) who gets addicted to prescription drugs (Ritalin, Adderall, sleeping pills, etc.) and bounces around Manhattan at various parties while her parents for pay her rent and her mistakes. I waited and waited to hear about the main character's personal growth, turn around, self-realization, ANYTHING mildly substantial, but even at 357 pages in (the Afterword, mind you) it NEVER came. In the end, after all of the crazy, rehabs, drugs, selfishness, she still admits to taking Adderall to write and sleeping pills to sleep (but it's at a regularly scheduled hour now!). This all coming from someone who has personal experience with drug usage and recovery. So maybe that is why I was hoping for more. I was hoping for some kind of change, but it never came. Just endless drone of makeup, drugs, dumb guys, late parties, her parents' money, privilege, etc.
I didn't even read the last 2 pages. What a waste of time. Not impressed.