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 are clearly self-destructive - I struggled to really find the addict in him. It felt more as though the author was using his childhood as a reason to do what he did - instead of what, in my opinion, is a true addict's actions - i.e. being compelled to "use" in order to numb their feelings. Somehow, the author was doing it backwards and I kind of did not buy the whole premise of the book.
I was, in the end, disappointed with this whole book.
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 … more
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