How to Murder Your Life

  • by Cat Marnell
  • Narrated by Cat Marnell
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 26 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.

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Most Helpful

Awful!!!!

Could not even finish this book. Terrible!!! Another story about a rich spoiled little brat that has every handed to her, and does everything to screw it up! Do not feel sorry for her one bit!! Voice could shatter glass!! I hate I paid for this book!!
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- Tracy

really good

I don't review many books, only when I think they are special, this is worth listening to. I loved the narrator, the author, it makes it real. I don't care if she is a rich girl, that doesn't make addiction less difficult or painful, maybe more dangerous to have those endless resources. I like the honesty, I have family with drug problems, I don't come from this type of world but I don't think where you are in life changes the horror of drug addiction. I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone, especially if you or someone in your family has a drug problem. Thanks Cat for sharing.
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- LG H "lisagh61"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio