‘Night of the Gun’

One of the heavily-promoted books that releases today is the drug memoir, Night of the Gun by David Carr. Library ordering is light. Some libraries are showing reseves as heavy as 20 to one, while others have comfortable ratios.

An excerpt from the book was the cover story of the NYT Magazine on 7/20. The author is a NY Times journalist (the Bloomberg review begins, “I try never to miss a story under David Carr’s byline. The New York Times‘s media reporter is talented, aggressive and witty”), so his unusual approach to writing a memoir may have come naturally; he reports his own story, by interviewing the people who witnessed it. This has excited some speculation that he is trying to overcome the James Frey effect. 

 

Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own

David Carr

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416541527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416541523

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