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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Bill Clegg

A rising publishing industry star trashes his life during a bender in this intense but callow confessional. Clegg, a literary agent with William Morris Endeavor, tells the story of a two-month crack binge in which he smoked away his literary agency partnership, … see full wiki

Author: Bill Clegg
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
3 reviews about Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A...
review by . August 16, 2010
Clegg, Bill. "Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir", Little, Brown and Company, 2010.    Quite a Story    Amos Lassen    Bill Clegg was a rising name in the publishing industry but he messed up his life during a bender. Clegg was a literary agent with William Morris Endeavor who went on a two-month crack binge in which he threw it all away. He smoked away his partnership in the agency, his $70,000 bank account, 40 pounds of his …
review by . August 14, 2010
It can be a struggle to make it through this memoir PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN. Bill Clegg's life situation and changes due to his extraordinary utter addiction to smoking crack could have been developed into a keener understanding of why addiction is such a devastating disease, but instead Clegg seems more interested in sharing episode after endless episode of becoming blotto on his drug of choice, moments that after a while become fast page turners because he has just taken us there …
review by . July 16, 2010
I had heard some wonderful things about this book and, of course, because I am a fan of addiction/recovery books I was really looking forward to reading this one.    Unfortunately, for some reason this book just did not touch me all that much.    Although, of course, I admire the author for being brave enough to write his story, somehow the whole story felt "staged somehow". While the author explains his childhood - interlaced with present day actions that …
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