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Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir

Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir

Current price: $28.00
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
ISBN:
9781954118294
Pages:
288
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Everything/Nothing/Someonedepicts the non-linear trajectory of mental health, relationships, and memory. Carrière intimately unravels the personal to convey the journey of getting better, even when it doesn’t feel like an option.

Jesse Bartel, BookHampton, East Hampton, NY
September 2023 Indie Next List

Description

New York Times Editor's Choice * Indie Next Pick * Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction 2023 * Kirkus Best Nonfiction 2023 *Amazon Best of the Month * B&N Most Anticipated * Jennette McCurdy Book Club Pick

A "remarkable" (New York Times Book Review) memoir that tells of a young woman's coming-of-age amid glamour, excess, and neglect, and the love affair that, against the odds, allows her to save herself.

Alice Carri re grew up in a converted factory in Greenwich Village in the 1990s, an extravagant home based on the hyper-aestheticized vision of her artist mother, Jennifer Bartlett--with two studios, an indoor swimming pool, a rooftop garden with a koi pond, and multiple, cavernous rooms through which a steady stream of visitors flowed. Alice's iconoclastic European father was a fleeting, atmospheric disturbance.

Alice grows up as a child living in an adult's world, with little-to-no boundaries or supervision. As she enters adolescence, a dissociative disorder erases her identity, and overzealous doctors medicate her further into madness. In the absence of self, she inhabits various roles: as a patient in expensive psychiatric hospitals, the ingenue in destructive encounters with older men, a provocateur who weaponizes intellectual dazzle and outrageous candor--until a medication-induced psychosis brings these personas crashing down. Finally, a soulful connection with a generous and sensitive musician allows her to free herself from the pathologies that defined her and recognize her true self. With gallows humor and brutal honesty, Carri re has written a unique and mesmerizing narrative of emergence and, at last, cure.

About the Author

Alice Carrière is a graduate of Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Oprah Daily. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and Amagansett, New York. Everything/Nothing/Someone is her first book.