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Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription service. Each month their panel of Judges selects a limited number of exceptional books to offer to their members. They announce their New Selections on the first of the month, and members have six days to decide which book (or books) they would like to receive. They ship books to all of their members at the same time, so members can read and participate in their discussion forum as a group.
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Book of the Month ships via USPS on the 6th day of each month.
Books always come neatly packed and in perfect condition.
The jackets contain a BOTM logo, and the back shows the month the book was selected.
I received all of this month’s books, but decided to read All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr this month.
~All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr: I feel like I would have enjoyed this more had I been familiar with David Carr (he was a columnist for the New York Times). That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did and still am as I am not quite finished. It’s deep and thought-provoking and very raw. His backstory is fascinating and I may check out his own memoir Night of the Gun, to get some of his perspectives as well.
A celebrated journalist, best-selling author, and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he collapsed in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker at age twenty-seven, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence—1,936 items in total.
What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father’s writings contain the answers to the questions of how to move forward in life and work without your biggest champion by your side? How could she fill the space left behind by a man who had come to embody journalistic integrity, rigor, and hard reporting, whose mentorship meant everything not just to her, but to the many who served alongside him?
In All That You Leave Behind, David Carr’s legacy is a lens through which Erin comes to understand her own workplace missteps, existential crises, relationship fails, and toxic relationship with alcohol. Featuring photographs and emails from the author’s personal collection, this coming-of-age memoir unpacks the complex relationship between a daughter and her father, their mutual addictions and challenges with sobriety, and the powerful sense of work and family that comes to define them.
Did you get Book of the Month in March? If so, what book(s) did you select? What genre is typically your favorite?
All April Options
April 2019 Book of the Month selections have been revealed! This month’s options are: