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How to Murder Your Life by [Marnell, Cat]
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“Jaw dropping.” (New York Post)

"The book is as compelling — and as problematic — as her magazine writing: vivid, maddening, heartbreaking, very funny, chaotic and repetitive, as benders are." (New York Times)

"[Marnell's] memoir brims with all the intoxicating intrigue of a thriller and yet all the sobering pathos of a gifted writer's true life journey to recover her former health, happiness, ambitions and identity." (Harper's Bazaar)

"Cat Marnell's memoir How to Murder Your Life should come with a warning label that says buckle the FUCK up....[Marnell] writes about her life with a candor and self awareness that is unexpected...I read this book in two wide eyed sittings, cringing and laughing the whole way through." (BuzzFeed)

"Gripping." (The New Republic)

"Easily one of the most anticipated memoirs of the year...[Marnell's] got an inimitable style (and oh my god, so many have tried) and a level of talent so high, it's impossible not to be rooting for her."  (NYLON)

"Companionably charming...her control of style and tone is impressive, as is her wry self awareness...Reading Marnell is so much fun: When she’s sparkling, high and pretty, it seems so thrilling to be her." (The Cut, NYMag.com)

"Fantastically entertaining." (Glamour)

"Easily one of the most anticipated memoirs of the year...[Marnell's] got an inimitable style (and oh my god, so many have tried) and a level of talent so high, it's impossible not to be rooting for her."  (NYLON)

"A gutting, riveting read that peels back the shiny facade that often cloaks the fashion publishing business. At its core, How to Murder Your Life is a cautionary tale about how even the most gifted, determined talents can fall victim to the grip of addiction, but it's also a peek behind the curtain at the inner workings of this competitive industry, and how the shiny world of magazines isn't as glamorous as it often appears. At the end, one thing is for certain: Marnell's storytelling abilities prove why so many of her editors took a chance on her despite the liability she became, and why she's cemented her spot as one of the internet generation's cult favorite writers." (Fashionista)

"Marnell’s writing is funny, self deprecating, and deeply appealing to the type of person who reread Valley of the Dolls. The book features a breezy voice, moments of real insight, and stellar name dropping. It’s not hard to imagine some of it—the free open bars and free designer gifts and free private jets, at least—being really fun. And that’s a testament to her writing, because in truth it sounds exhausting to be a famous drug addict, hallucinating mice in your apartment and gamely maintaining shockingly toxic relationships with people who steal from you or have sex with you while you’re sleeping, all while losing job after job." (Jezebel)

"Marnell takes you through her rollercoaster of a life, which is marked by certain milestones like when she first tried Ritalin, when she moved to New York City, and how she made and ruined a career in one of the most competitive industries in the world. It's as intense as it is heartbreaking. But mostly its hilarious." (Refinery29)

"It’s an addiction memoir for realists who’ve always wanted to get better but have also known there’s no magic pill — for girls who suspected those that talk about how their lives have changed because of yoga or green juice or jesus to be completely full of shit. There are almost 400 pages of deep, dark struggle (which also are funny and engaging as hell) — but there’s no ending, which is the only honest way to finish an addiction memoir." (Thought Catalog)

"How To Murder Your Life is like The Devil Wears Prada on crack literally...The memoir, as funny as it is horrifying at times, offers a unique glimpse into the heyday of elite publishing, before Condé moved into One World Trade and interns sue...though she's not completely clean, Cat, a gifted writer, bitingly sharp, and acutely talented, has survived." (GUEST OF A GUEST)

"In this soul riveting new memoir, [Marnell] divulges the true details of her life behind the shiny facade: prescription pill addiction, the wrath of bulimia and endless self sabotage. How to Murder Your Life paints a vibrant portrait of addiction and the dark shades of consequences that come along with it." (Brit + Co)

"A marvel of a book...Through the highs, lows and lols, the self loathing, self tan and self medicating, How to Murder Your Life is possibly the best book ever written by a recovering drug addict about the beauty industry." (i D, Vice)

"Marnell’s voice is original. She’s startlingly honest and writes things nobody should...How to Murder Your Life is what every addict memoir should be: adventure packed, shocking, darkly humorous, and gut wrenching—the only thing missing is sobriety...You’re likely to read it in one fast sitting." (THE FIX)

"Absorbing." (Science of Us, NYmag.com)

"You have to read Cat Marnell’s new memoir “How to Murder Your Life”...It’s so well written…I could not put it down." (The Stripe)

“[Marnell's] is a New York crash and burn story, a slow motion train wreck rescued from mere voyeurism by Marnell’s wit, impressive memory for people and vivid scenes, devastating honesty, and true gift with words.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Though there is some healing, this isn’t a recovery memoir. And it’s much more than a manual for how to screw up one’s life, or an encyclopedia of prescriptions, street drugs, and their glam nicknames (though it is both of these things). Marnell is a talented writer who’s made a successful career centered on her passion. She writes emphatically and outrageously about things some would prefer to think don’t exist, and that’s pretty great.” (Booklist )

 "This is an interesting tale about toxic life in New York, big dreams, big goals and fighting to be happy." (WGSN Insider)

“A twenty four hour read. A rip roaring memoir of addiction that is at once glamorous and nasty, gaspingly funny and thoroughly gutting. Cat Marnell may have murdered her life but certainly not her writing. These pages have a pulse.”

  (Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive )

Book Description

A controversial, brave and revealing insight into the realities of drug addiction, from one of New York’s most remarkable young writers

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2546 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476752273
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01I0RU0XG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Loved this honest and frankly eavesdropping account of a girl who had it all but had to circle the drain to find out her worth.
It's about behind the scenes of what we imagine as the glam life and the fact that sometimes love is not enough for someone to listen. It's about toxic friendships and funny crazy people. I loved every page. Cat you can write so more please!
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Brilliant! A gripping account of life in the midst of addiction, but with the added elements of glitzy, high powered job and frequent celebrity run-ins, all set in New York! What more could you want?! I could not put it down.
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This is the first book of the sort that I haven't skipped pages of bore...that I've counted how many pages I have left, and not wanted it to end. I hate those disgusting abusers, and I'm really glad that amends were made with the goodies! Dr Dad was doing what he thought would help. Now, we all wait for Cat's new book. No pressure!
Thank you CM XXO
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I really enjoyed this memoir and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A definite page turner! Highly recommend
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I couldn't put this down - what a read !
It's like reading catcher in the rye speed wise .
The emotions are all consuming : laughter and rock bottom despair .
I loved this book
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I enjoyed it aside from the lack of ability to be able to help herself when clearly she could be a very esteemed writer. My title covers it
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It's the fashion girl version of Motley Crue's "dirt". Outrageous and funny and very honest. I couldn't put it down.
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Dark and powerful and utterly brilliant
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