All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr

All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir by [Carr, Erin Lee]

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 4/12/19

I’m not crying, you are. Oh man, this one got me. In an effort to be transparent, I had put this book pretty far down on my TBR pile purely because I didn’t think I would like this book. But man, was I wrong.

So I may have mentioned once or twice that I lost my mom at 18. My mom was my best friend, my confidant, and my mentor. I miss my mom everyday, and wish nothing more than to be someone she is proud of. Thanks to the wonderful magic of iPhones, I still have the text messages that I had with her, which sadly say things like “I’m home” than a grand soliloquy of how to navigate life in the adult world, but it still means so much to me to have her words at the palm of my hand.

I guess I should probably explain what this book is about, huh? Erin Lee Carr is an incredible filmmaker and director who happens to be the daughter of the late David Carr of the New York Times. This book follows her story, her and her father’s addictions, and how to come to terms with the death of a parent.

In an effort to not talk about death, I’m going to talk about the other lessons I took from this book. 1) David Carr was a brilliant man with a very good view of what the world looks like. 2) Take advantage of the time that you are given. We are all going to eventually have moments of regret, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the moments that we do have with the people we love. 3) Love. Love fiercely and openly. Love all the people around you and love yourself. 4) Life is hard. You have to take everything you are given and make the most of it. 5) At the end of the day, YOLO, so live. 6) Do not look to review something by immediately thinking about what you hate. Think instead about the positives. We let the negatives outweigh the positives too much in today’s society. Let’s change that.

I truly would recommend anyone and everyone to read this book. It is so incredibly important and eye opening, and I thank Carr for putting into some words what grief looks like. If you have thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment or email me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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