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Liar - A Memoir

Rob Roberge

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

00:29