Liar 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 o

  • Title: Liar
  • Author: Rob Roberge
  • ISBN: 9780553448061
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 somewhaAn 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 Fill 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.

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    1. "A darkly funny, intense memoir about mental illness, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist."Well. This one just isn't working for me. A non-linear collection of stories about the authors struggle with mental illness, memory loss, and other events that I still can't figure out the relevance of. The author will sometimes at the end of the story admit he made it up, and it makes you question what exactly is true in this memoir. I understand the goal it's trying to accomplish, but I'm [...]

    2. LIAR is, ironically, a gut wrenchingly honest self-portrait. I always feel uncomfortable rating memoirs, especially ones that deal with trauma, and Rob Roberge has dealt with far more than his fair share of traumatic shit. I am tremendously impressed with anyone who is willing to expose themselves as drastically as Roberge has in this book.

    3. You have scars you lie about and scars you tell the truth about.a memoir in second person?? what a country!not only is this told in second person (where you have experienced some truly horrible shit, my friend), but it's also told in nonlinear, occasionally contradictory snippets as roberge, who may or may not have CTE; that condition football players get from being clonked in the head all day, featured in that movie where will smith tries really hard to win an oscar by saying his line twice for [...]

    4. Received as an uncorrected proof from LibraryThing for an honest review.The first time I ever met Memoir was at the back of a high school creative writing class. If you've never been in a creative writing class or have always plopped down front and center in eager anticipation of being doused in literary genius, I highly suggest a trip down the row to a seat at the back for a change if you're given the opportunity. The literary genius might thin out a little bit from point A to point B but I bel [...]

    5. I received this DRC free of charge from Crown Books and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, it is the second-worst galley I have ever read. (The very worst lacked punctuation and was unreadable.) I wondered how a book like this wound up with such a reputable publisher; an internet search tells me that he has written other books that were well received. But I can’t find any redeeming value here. I actually came out of it feeling as if I’d been played, and I read it free [...]

    6. Thank you to Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book. I absolutely loved this book. This is Roberge's memoir. Snippets and pictures of parts of his life. He was a hard drinking, drug addicted sex addict, who has bipolar disorder. Always brutally honest, and at times hard to read, Roberge is putting down his life story because he may not remember it later. He has had so many concussions in hi lifetime, that doctors are afraid he may suffer from CTE, a degenerative brain disease that can only [...]

    7. Holy S**t! This is one wild and crazy tale of mental illness and drug addition, made even more heart-breaking because of the musical and writing talent of author, and his desperate efforts to control his mind and his life. The book is a jumble of scenes that jump around in time from the author's childhood through adulthood. I seriously could not put this book down. The vivid, arresting writing kept me turning pages and even the use of "you" when the author really means "I" did not bother me like [...]

    8. I went into this one with no real expectations but found myself consistently blown away by how good it was. Roberge's scattered nonlinear life memories are multi-faceted--deeply personal, sad (often crushing actually), sometimes funny, consistently reflective, no-BS, and totally self-accountable. On top of all that, there are times when Roberge just mentions some sad suicide or death that he has thought about. Dude is dropping hints like crazy about his inner-darkness! But it's so good and I was [...]

    9. This book caught my attention, right from the 1st page:The principal paired him with a new girl at school, told him to take care of her and show her around, in an attempt to keep him out of trouble. Then, she was killed. This was in 1977, and even 40 years later, he researched her death in an attempt to help himself feel better and less responsible.Her killer was never found, and every day, he looked at men and thought they could be her killer, especially before he left his hometown at the age o [...]

    10. First, a story about myself. When I was 18, my boyfriend and I were at a punk rock concert and a steel pole fell on us and cracked us both in the head. We went to the hospital, but basically refused treatment, as I remember it. Years, decades later, I realize I had a severe head injury. After that I didn't recognize numbers for quite some time, the concept of numbers, how they worked. It was impossible. I literally got more stupid, like the pole knocked a bunch of IQ out of me, permanently. I ne [...]

    11. *thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*Somewhere along the line I lost track of the idea that this was a memoir only to have it hit me about midway through the book. I kept having the sense that the story seemed real and then I felt like an uninformed jackass who doesn't read the jacket tags before he buys the book and then complains when the book is terrible. Well, the book was not terrible. It was odd and mind-numbing but not terrible. Written [...]

    12. How could I not read a book called LIAR: A MEMOIR? Memoirs often anger me with their forced narratives and narcissism. But Rob Roberge seemed to promise a honest look at the way the mind edits reality to suit its purposes, whether to tell a story or to boost an ego. He does this, to a degree, by first picking up the story of his struggles with mental illness and addiction and dropping it until the whole breaks into pieces scattered into a nonlinear structure, episodic like his breaks with realit [...]

    13. I'm not sure if I weren't "stuck" on flights from central Ohio to Phoenix I would have finished this book.It is a memoir of a man who battles both addiction (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes) and bi-polar disorder. The book does NOT have a chronology that made any sense to me. Almost as if, he just wrote whatever popped into his head that day and then published as he wrote them rather than as he lived them. Some of the chronology didn't have to do with him, but were people who died (often committing s [...]

    14. This memoir--about addiction, about mental illness, about throwing yourself against the wall again and again until you crack yourself open--is stunning and wonderful. Roberge pulls off two of the things that I usually grump about in book length memoir: second person address (in which the authorial voice is speaking directly to the narrative character) and a muddled chronology. Both strategies though, in this book, are done with so much artfulness that instead of bothering me, they are a signific [...]

    15. Roberge renders a vulnerable and heartbreaking account of his life-long struggles with addiction, mental illness, and TBI. He also explores the reliability of memory, both through exposition and through the structure and point of view through which he tells his story. The fragments gain power as we move through the text, just like our memory fragments do in real life. This book is so damn honest it often made me actually gasp (my husband would say, "good line?" And I'd say "freaking great line." [...]

    16. I was not sure I really was not in the mood to read something down and sad but once I hit 50 pages I felt ready! I loved this book the depiction of time loss was wonderful and the confusion I felt worked as if you follow the mind of the author. Full review to come on my channel

    17. Thank You to Crown Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of Rob Roberge's memoir, Liar, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- Writer and musician Rob Roberge is trying to process his diagnosis of possible degenerative memory loss. Looking towards his future, he reflects on his past, including drug and alcohol addictions and mental health issues. When we look at the memories and personal stories that form our identities, how many of these are accurate? How much can we trust in our c [...]

    18. I heard about this book from the Pen on Fire Speaker Series (Writers on Writing for my podcast enthusiasts). When Rob read an excerpt, I ordered the book before he finished reading. His writing is very strong and almost like a slap in the face when you begin the book.The being said, it is the same story told a hundred different ways. It speaks to the writer's relationship with drugs, alcohol, women, and his mental health. It breaks your heart but I found myself reacting to it the same way I woul [...]

    19. “You tell yourself, over and over, that you thought you were better than this. But you are not. And you may never be better than this.”It has been a long, long time since a book has affected me as deeply as Liar has. This book is raw, so much so that at some points you feel like you shouldn’t be reading it, that it’s too private. Have you ever seen someone you really love and admire in the hospital with a serious illness or injury? That’s the level of gut-wrenching vulnerability we’r [...]

    20. A unique, fascinating, moving biography. LIAR is written in a fragmented style, jumping around in time, so that you never quite get a grasp on the timeline of the author's life. You don't need the times and dates to add up, however, to be drawn into this intense and poignant account of what it was like to be an addict losing great gaps of time, struggling through relationships, fighting loneliness and despair (and, on occasion, winning). Written in the second person, which is rare, LIAR offers a [...]

    21. I loved this book and can't stop thinking about it. LIAR is written in the second-person POV, which is very hard to pull off, but I felt that Roberge did it, and moreover, that it was the most effective choice for him to tell this true (true-ish? true story about lying?) story, because the "you" pulls in the reader and allows you to feel you're one with the narrator, which makes it more sympathetic. I wasn't able to figure out an organizing principle for the parts of the story (that is, the sect [...]

    22. If you've ever wanted to know why seemingly normal middle class people become junkies this is the book for you. Rob Roberge recounts the harrowing story of his life of masochism, mental illness and drug and alchohol abuse in a raw stream of consciousness. Some of the stories he recounts are not easy to read for their frankness. However, you can't help but like Rob and feel empathy for the pain of his spiraling mental illness which has caused him to self medicate with drugs and alcohol. While bei [...]

    23. Dates. Memories. Snippets of time. That’s how this book starts out.Instead of using the first person approach, as most memoirs do, Roberge uses second person. You are the story. You are living Roberge’s life. In one memory, you’re in 2009 – the next you’re in 1912. The jumps in memory read naturally, like they’d play out in your head.Due to the jumps, it is difficult to pinpoint the timeline of the story. Events occur, but they are so randomly organized that there doesn’t seem to b [...]

    24. This book releases on Feb. 9th, 2016.The trouble with a talented writer writing about a real person with pain, hopelessness, despair, bad choices, terrifying experiences, bad people, risky behaviors, and all the rest, is that it is terribly compelling as a story. He makes you live in it. It may be his fractal life, but it is you, the reader, who is the one out of control. As a form of entertainment, it may be the same as cutting yourself to make you feel better, but by golly, you will read it to [...]

    25. Memory isn’t linear. It’s a convoluted mess of responses to chemical and physical stimuli. One thought leads to another and then you’re off into the wormhole of similar and related occurrences touch tagging each other with their emotions. Couple that with mental health, drug addiction, numerous concussions, the lies one tells, and that odd retained bit of trivia and you have Rob Roberge’s LIAR. With a lifetime’s worth of memories wadded together and flung onto the page in a manic explo [...]

    26. 3 - 3.5A singular, insightful glance inside the author's struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder. The book is written in the third person, as if the author wrote each dated entry as part of a diary and chose to share it with his audience. The book is divided in chapters, but I'm not even know why (perhaps to give me a sense of accomplishment as I navigated through the anecdotes). The entries are dated but not placed in any chronological order. At first this was distracting, but after a whil [...]

    27. This actually turned out to be a pretty good book! I didn't like it at all when I started it, thinking it 'was all over the place!' But I soon became accustomed to the notion that if this is a memoir about a person with head trauma/a mental illness/drug & alcohol addictions.en his story probably would resemble 'all over the place!' Once adjusted to his way of putting this account of his life together, it pieces together fine.& becomes rather hard to put down. If you're squeamish about se [...]

    28. When I received this book, I knew it was a biography of a person with drug addiction and bi-polar. Instead of reading in a straight, chronological order, the book jumps around. At one part we may be reading about something that happened in 1973, and the next we will be in the year 2003. I felt like I was getting a sense of what it must be like for someone who is bipolar going from one extreme degree to another extreme degree without anything in-between. It took a little bit to get into the rhyth [...]

    29. If we knew we would lose our memories, which ones would we try and preserve? Rob Roberge's memoir Liar is his answer to these questions. This book is not just about saving all his memories; it is about selectively presenting the memories that document his challenges with mental illness and addiction. Told in the third person, the book builds a picture of life from short dated snapshots of events and thoughts.Read my complete review at: memoriesfrombooks/2016Reviewed for LibraryThing Early Review [...]

    30. I received a copy of LIAR via a First to Read giveaway. The memoir is Rob Roberge’s brutally honest account of his battle with alcoholism, drugs, CTE (repetitive brain injury, including concussions) and mental illness. At first the memories were difficult to follow as they were presented in a nonlinear fashion, but after a while I got used to his “voice” and it flowed more smoothly. I’d definitely recommend this well written memoir – so much so that I am interested in reading other boo [...]

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