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The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own

Carr, David

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ISBN 10: 1416541527 / ISBN 13: 9781416541523
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008
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2008 Near Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition September 2008, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 389 clean tight unmarked pages, many b/w photos throughout the book, page 214 bottom corner untrimmed by publisher, small smudge on fore pages, book has black cloth boards with 1/4 black cloth covered spine, white lettering on the spine, jacket is black with white lettering, mild shelf wear to top jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 004576

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Title: The Night of the Gun: A Reporter ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A confessional account of the author's struggles with addiction traces his rise from a crack house regular to a columnist for The New York Times, describing his experiences with rehabilitation, cancer, and single parenthood. 150,000 first printing.

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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2008: In his fabulously entertaining The Kid Stays in the Picture, legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans wrote: "There are three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth." David Carr's riveting debut memoir, The Night of the Gun, takes this theory to the extreme, as the New York Times reporter embarks on a three-year fact-finding mission to revisit his harrowing past as a drug addict and discovers that the search for answers can reveal many versions of the truth. Carr acknowledges that you can't write a my-life-as-an-addict story without the recent memoir scandals of James Frey and others weighing you down, but he regains the reader's trust by relying on his reporting skills to conduct dozens of often uncomfortable interviews with old party buddies, cops, and ex-girlfriends and follow an endless paper trail of legal and medical records, mug shots, and rejection letters. The kaleidoscopic narrative follows Carr through failed relationships and botched jobs, in and out of rehab and all manner of unsavory places in between, with cameos from the likes of Tom Arnold, Jayson Blair, and Barbara Bush. Admittedly, it's hard to love David Carr--sometimes you barely like the guy. How can you feel sympathy for a man who was smoking crack with his pregnant girlfriend when her water broke? But plenty of dark humor rushes through the book, and knowing that this troubled man will make it--will survive addiction, fight cancer, raise his twin girls--makes you want to stick around for the full 400-page journey. --Brad Thomas Parsons

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