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Beautiful Boy : A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction - David Sheff

Beautiful Boy

A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Paperback Published: 5th January 2009
ISBN: 9781847391612
Number Of Pages: 333

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David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view - a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff's son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist.

After meth, he was a trembling wreck who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candour, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three a.m. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction.

He shows us that whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

About the Author

David Sheff's work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Rolling Stone, Wired, Fortune and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, My Addicted Son, received an award from the American Psychological Association for "Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction".

Industry Reviews

'A masterpiece of description and feeling...immediate, informative and heartbreaking.' - Susan Cheever, author of Note Found in a Bottle

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Haven't been able to finish this yet, I just can't get into it. Perhaps it is just me but I just don't find it anywhere near as good as the sons book. The author has made way too many references to other books and songs - very annoying and pulls away from the actual story.





I'm glad I bought it but wasn as gripping as his sons book.


Beautiful Boy : A Father's Journey Through His Son's Crystal Meth Addiction

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ISBN: 9781847391612
ISBN-10: 1847391613
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 333
Published: 5th January 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1