The Night of the Gun

The Night of the Gun

A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own

Book - 2008
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"In one sense, my story is a common one, a white boy misdemeanant who lands in a ditch and is restored to sanity through the love of his family, a God of his understanding and a support group that will go unnamed. But if the whole truth is told, it does not end there. "The book will be fundamentally different than a tell-all, or more commonly, tell-most. It will be a rigorously clear-eyed reported memoir in which the process of discovery will be part of the narrative motor...For instance, my brother asked if I was going to give him credit for bailing me out after I was arrested for possession of pot as an 18-yr.-old in a Wisconsin state park. I had not even remembered the incident. "You remember the story you can live with, not the one that happened."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781416541523
Characteristics: vii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 21, 2016

I read this for book club - I would never have picked an addiction memoir to read for fun.

It was sad and depressing.

Dec 15, 2015

Did not finish this self-absorbed and boring account of life as an addict. Does he want a medal for having abused those close to him?

May 08, 2015

He did not die in a car accident. From Wikipedia, "He died on February 12, 2015, after collapsing in the The New York Times newsroom.[2][22][23] He had been diagnosed with pneumonia, and died of complications from metastatic lung cancer (metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma). He was transported to St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital, where he later died.[24][25] The autopsy showed heart disease was a contributing cause of his ."

Mar 28, 2015

An honest account of David Carrs' journey into and out of addiction(several times). He is brutally honest as practioners of AA typically are. Between that journey, his battle with cancer, his love for and caretaking of his twin daughters and his career ups and downs it is a pageturner.
So sad that after winning all these battles he died in a car accident.
Highly recommend. karen

Oct 17, 2013

I read this book recently, after listening to an interview with the author on a CBC program. In the interview he impressed me as someone who decided to learn the truth and then to tell all of it, in all its ugliness, without softening and omitting the most painful facts. I loved the book. It is easy to read because it cuts to the chase, but it is not an easy reading for anybody who is or was addicted. It probably will be especially painful to read for people whose loved ones were or are afflicted with this horrible, pretty much fatal disease (count me here). Addiction is a tragedy not only for the addicted person but also for everybody around him/her. When the addiction takes over, the person refuses to accept help, and that hurts the people who desperately try to provide it. I recommend this book because it describes in every detail what happens mentally to an addicted person. It is not "yesterday I was an addict but today I'm clean and sober" simplified presentation, life is much more complicated than that.


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JenaMurphy Jul 21, 2014

I faking it then, or am I faking it now? Which, you might ask, of my two selves did I make up?

JenaMurphy Jul 21, 2014


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