Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (英语) 平装 – 2018年9月4日
"An honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic." --Publishers Weekly
"An excellent book that all parents can relate to whatever their children's situation." --Library Journal, starred review
"Those of us who love an addict--or are addicts ourselves--will find Beautiful Boy a revelation." --Martin Sheen, actor
"A welcome balm to millions . . . who thought they were making this journey alone." --Armistead Maupin, author of The Night Listener
"This book is going to save a lot of lives, and help heal . . . hearts." --Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually)
"Moving, timely, and sobering. It's also startlingly beautiful." --Sir Richard Branson, chairman, Virgin Group
"An extraordinary story of pain, perseverance and hope." --William C. Moyers, author of Broken
"Honest, reflective and deeply moving. Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing." --Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
"For . . . anyone who has ever wrestled with holding on and letting go." --Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking
"A masterpiece of description and feeling . . . immediate, informative and heartbreaking." --Susan Cheever, author of Note Found in a Bottle
DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, and many other publications. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit David at DavidSheff.com, and on Twitter @david_sheff.
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So when I found out that his father also wrote a book about his son's addiction, I just had to have it. Let me tell you, Beautiful Boy tore me apart. I've only experienced life from the point of view of someone on meth. I thought I was being considerate, I always checked in with my family on a weekly basis. I was home at least twice a week. I worked full time, but still liked to go crazy with my friends. After reading this book (okay, while reading it) I cried and apologized to my parents, my grandparents, and my uncle for all the hell I had put them through. I honestly had no clue that I was hurting people so badly.
If you're an addict, if you have a child that is an addict, even if you're neither, READ THIS BOOK.
As a recovering addict myself, (13 yrs., 11 mos., 11 days), as well as a parent, it was really hard for me to read at times but I'm SO glad I did.
This is an amazingly touching book that is at times funny, emotional, heart wrenching, and hopeful. I would recommend this to book to everyone but especially to those struggling with either side of addiction.
Sheff writes with honesty as he experiences a full range of emotions - sadness, happiness, guilt, hope, grief - you know it and he has experienced it. Not only are emotions laid bare, but so are the facts about meth addiction, the search for treatment and the truth about long-term damages and effects. The author has interviewed many, many experts and researchers in his quest to understand what drives a person to addiction, what chances there are for a recovery and what needs to be done to get a handle on this epidemic.
And epidemic it is. Opioids are in the headlines these days, but meth is drug that keeps on killing. It changes the user's brain, body and soul. Sheff has seen first-hand what the drug has done to his son, and his story is one that way too many families are experiencing, too.
The memoir is being made into a movie, but I urge readers to experience this story in its truest form - the written word - before seeing the movie.
As a companion read, check out Nic Sheff's memoir of his addiction. I haven't read it yet, but it's next on my list.