Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review Liar: A Memoir by Rob Roberge /Biographies & Memoirs /NETGALLEY ARC

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Liar: A Memoir by Rob Roberge. 

Title: Liar: A Memoir
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Biographies and Memoirs
Author: Rob Roberge
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Language: English
Hardcover: 272 pages
Meet the Author: Rob Roberge
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

An intense memoir about mental illness, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist.

When Rob Roberge learns that he's likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life—ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are. 
As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Darkly funny and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence cobbled together across the country, from musicians’ crashpads around Boston, to seedy bars popular with sideshow freaks in Florida, to a painful moment of reckoning in the scorched Wonder Valley desert of California. As Roberge struggles to keep addiction and mental illness from destroying the good life he has built in his better moments, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.

My Thoughts

I have read many memoirs. It is always intriguing to me to read about other peoples lives. In the case of Liar, a memoir on mental illness and drug addiction. This is by far the darkest memoir I have ever read. How Rob goes through his childhood and adulthood, all the things that have happened in his life, his struggles, but finding hope and good moments. It made me feel a little depressed at times but have to say the way he tells the story is smart, a much perfect writing style and even though like I said is a very sad and depressing story but an interesting an well written one.

Thank you Crown Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.


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