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In My Skin : A Memoir of Addiction - Kate Holden

In My Skin

A Memoir of Addiction

Paperback

Published: 1st July 2013
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This is the frank, harrowing, and true story of one young woman's descent into addiction and prostitution, and the long arduous struggle to reclaim her life. A shy, bookish college graduate, a nice girl from a solid middle-class home but uncertain of her way in life, Kate Holden tried her first hit of heroin as a one-time experiment--an adventure with friends--but the drug took over. Hooked, she lost her job and her apartment, and she stole from her family. Desperation drove her onto the streets, where she became "Lucy," offering her body for cash to the first car to stop, risking arrest and, worse, the human predators--anything for her next fix. With her name on the police blotter, she eventually left the streets and offered her services to a high-class brothel. There she discovered hidden strengths, as well as parts of herself that frightened her. Throughout, however hurt and dismayed, her family never abandoned her, and their acceptance and unyielding love helped her defeat the drug and leave her netherworld behind. In taut, devastating prose, Kate Holden recounts her journey with an emotional honesty and genuineness that will leave no reader untouched.

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    4.0

    "Informative"

    By mitch

    from perth w.a

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Informative
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • A Bit Slow

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    The book is informative.A must read for teenagers.
    Overall a good book to read.

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    5.0

    "Words don't do it justice"

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      Interesting reading for all high school readers and above.

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      5.0

      a must read

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      • Easy To Read
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        i loved this book from the start to the end,its that good its one of those books you dont want it to end.a must read
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        Tougher and truer [than the usual addiction memoir] . . . Her stubborn allegiance to the truth of her experience and her refusal to accept conventional opinions about drugs and prostitution make In My Skin compelling. --Columbus Dispatch

        ISBN: 9781611457988
        ISBN-10: 161145798X
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 285
        Published: 1st July 2013
        Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
        Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.2  x 2.3
        Weight (kg): 0.36