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  • Self-Tanner for the Soul

  • How I Ran Away to Europe and Found My Inner Glow (When Life Got Dark)
  • Written by: Cat Marnell
  • Narrated by: Cat Marnell
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Self-Tanner for the Soul

Written by: Cat Marnell
Narrated by: Cat Marnell
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From Cat Marnell, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir How to Murder Your Life, an irresistibly candid and magical travelogue of soul-seeking and self-healing

The spring of 2017 should have been the greatest time of Cat Marnell’s life. She was 34 and living the New York glamour life downtown, with a thriving career and a best-selling memoir. Instead, it was one of the worst. She’d gone through a protracted and traumatic breakup, nearly run out of money, and, during a month-long binge, "done something horrible" to herself that she couldn’t undo.

Her troubles mounting, Marnell makes a radically simple choice: She decides to leave her problems behind. She puts her belongings into storage and uses the last of her book advance to buy a one-way plane ticket to Europe. For the next four months, Marnell is a woman on the move. With nothing but a suitcase (Sammy) and a bag of wigs to her name, and no agenda other than to follow her heart (and maybe the Libertines' Pete Doherty), Marnell embarks on a profound personal journey, from late-night "Wizard Walks" in mysterious cities to almost drowning in a river - all while learning to face down her demons.

Whimsical, infectious, and utterly life-affirming, Self-Tanner for the Soul reminds us all of the life-changing magic of running away.

©2019 Cat Marnell (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Live vicariously through Cat!

I enjoyed this book about Cat travelling all over Europe. This book is interesting, honest, and unfiltered true to Cat form!

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Art travel writing with femme edge

I spent the day drawing and listening to Cat Marnell. I binged it. I love her (have since pre-HTMYL when she had her Vice column) and her interesting art-inspired observations. She’s so well-read (give her credit, World), feminist, stunning; with a remarkable, raw talent. She’s a real writer and her vulnerability is fearless. Listening to her was like having intelligent girl talk with a friend I loved for who she is, privilege, addiction, bulimia all of it.
I think she should have her own podcast.

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Ugh, thank you for the ride nowhere

I felt like it was written in a way of what I may have wanted to hear but it felt like it was a long trip nowhere. Maybe that was the point but I couldn't finish it. The parts of tension weren't enough to get me invested so even with the most descriptive, colorful great story telling, after awhile it felt pointless to me. Someone else may enjoy it more, but this wasn't the book for me.

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Instant Return!

I couldn't make it past her third day, between the irritating voice which just makes her come off as completely vapid, I honestly can't believe that this is considered a "best-seller" and people endorse this garbage. Absolute waste of my time, had to review this before returning as you can't once you've returned it. Save your time and your energy with this one!

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BO-RING

Worst book I have ever purchased or listened to (or, TRIED to listen to).
Don't waste your money.
Her voice is irritating and makes her seem unintelligent and simple-minded.
The story line is ridiculously useless and mindless.
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a 34 year old behaves like she's 18

We all love to hate-consume things that make us feel better about ourselves. I read a couple interviews with Cat and she sounded fine so I thought this book would be tolerable as a mindless escape while I inputted data for a project. What confuses me the most is how someone who has had a long writing career could write something that sounds like a ghost writer for a Gossip Girl Euro-trip spin-off series where the characters are all 18. Definitely not worth even using your one free first time credit with Audible.

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