Janny Scott, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Erin Lee Carr
S4 E27: Janny Scott, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Erin Lee Carr

In this episode meet, Janny Scott, author of The Beneficiary; Michael Brendan Dougherty, author of My Father Left Me Ireland; and Erin Lee Carr, author of All That You Leave Behind. Each of these authors wrote and read their audiobooks in order to explore the deeply personal—and often complex—histories that they shared with their fathers. Plus, hear why one female author would actually cast a male actor to record her audiobook.

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Author: Janny Scott
Read By: Janny Scott

Part family history, part detective story, part history of a vanishing class, and a vividly compelling exploration of the degree to which an inheritance—financial, cultural, genetic—conspired in one person’s self-destruction.

“[A] poignant addition to the literature of moneyed glamour and its inevitable tarnish and decay…like something out of Fitzgerald or Waugh.” —The New Yorker

National Review senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty delivers a meditation on belonging, fatherhood, and nationalism, through a series of letters to his estranged Irish father.

“This rich, poetic book is not only about fathers and sons; it’s also about discovering, through pain and perseverance, the most profound meaning of patriotism.” —Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option

A celebrated journalist, bestselling author, and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he suffered a fatal collapse in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence in search of comfort and support.

“…A raw, redemptive memoir.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

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