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The night of the gun : a reporter investigates the darkest story of his life, hi
David Carr
Adult Nonfiction HV5805.C356 A3 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

An intriguing premise informs Carr's memoir of drug addiction--he went back to his hometown of Minneapolis and interviewed the friends, lovers and family members who witnessed his downfall. A successful, albeit hard-partying, journalist, Carr developed a taste for coke that led him to smoke and shoot the drug. At the height of his use in the late 1980s, his similarly addicted girlfriend gave birth to twin daughters. Carr, now a New York Times columnist, gives both the lowlights of his addiction (the fights, binges and arrests) as well as the painstaking reconstruction of his life. Soon after he quit drugs, he was thrown for another loop when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Unfortunately, the book is less a real investigation of his life than an anecdotal chronicle of wild behavior. What's more, his clinical approach (he videotaped all his interviews), meant to create context, sometimes distances readers from it. By turns self-consciously prurient and intentionally vague, Carr tends to jump back and forth in time within the narrative, leaving the book strangely incoherent. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

New York Times columnist Carr found the devil-and worse-in the details of his former life as a junkie. Three years of reporting and videotaped interviews resulted in this page-turning reconstruction of his degradation and eventual redemption. As close to the "truth" as we've come in memoir and totally addictive. (LJ 9/1/08) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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