How to Murder your Life

How to Murder your Life

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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"From Cat Marnell, 'New York's enfant terrible' (The Telegraph), a candid and darkly humorous memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and downtown nightclubs. At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America--and that's all most people knew about her. But she hid a secret life. She was a prescription drug addict. She was also a 'doctor shopper' who manipulated Upper East Side psychiatrists for pills, pills, and more pills; a lonely bulimic who spent hundreds of dollars a week on binge foods; a promiscuous party girl who danced barefoot on banquets; a weepy and hallucination-prone insomniac who would take anything--anything--to sleep. This is a tale of self-loathing, self-sabotage, and yes, self-tanner. It begins at a posh New England prep school--and with a prescription for Attention Deficit Disorder medication Ritalin. It continues to New York, where we follow Marnell's amphetamine-fueled rise from intern to editor through the beauty departments of NYLON, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Lucky. We see her fight between ambition and addiction and how, inevitably, her disease threatens everything she worked so hard to achieve. From the Conde Nast building (where she rides the elevator alongside Anna Wintour) to seedy nightclubs, from doctors' offices and mental hospitals, Marnell shows--like no one else can--what it is like to live in the wild, chaotic, often sinister world of a young female addict who can't say no. Combining lightning-rod subject matter and bold literary aspirations, How to Murder Your Life is mesmerizing, revelatory, and necessary"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476752273
Branch Call Number: 362.299 Mar
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm.


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"At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at 'Lucky,' one of the top fashion magazines in America . . . But she hid a secret life. She was a prescription drug addict. She was also . . . a lonely bulimic . . . ; a promiscuous party girl . . . ; a weepy and hallucination-prone... Read More »

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Raindancer Jan 11, 2019

Dark, witty amphetamine memoir with lashings of fashion.

Mar 20, 2018

This memoir heavily revolves around addiction, so if you aren't interested in reading about that sort of thing then this is not the book for you. Cat is also not a professional author, so the writing style is very conversational and can get annoying at times. What I like about this book is that it is honest, or at least it doesn't appear to leave out details. It was also interesting to me to read about the life of someone working for a fashion magazine.

Apr 25, 2017

Cat's memoir is a compelling read. She writes in a very informal conversational style, speaking directly to the audience - which means it's an easy read, though I sometimes fatigued of this informal style. The books is a harrowing look at how a person can go from taking a couple Adderall a day to smoking PCP every night. It is at times disturbing, but I can't lie, also highly entertaining... like a car crash you can't look away from. I found the ending to be rushed, and without any real resolution. But all in all, I enjoyed the book for what it was. It's a book you can finish in a weekend.


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Apr 25, 2017

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