March 6, 2008

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff

Beautiful Boy, is an amazing book. To me addiction is a foreign land, but Sheff uses haunting candor to tell us about his son's addiction. Before meth, Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother, lies about everything and lived on the streets. I've always said parenting is the hardest job I've ever had. The assumption is that if we were good parents our children would not have problems. Parents with easy kids don't understand how addiction can happen. Sheff's book provides a rare opportunity to experience the parental nightmare of substance abuse. The story is compelling, and hard to put down. I hope everyone will read it to gain empathy and understanding.

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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's great to meet people that are as obsessed with books as I am. Thanks for your book list. It's fun to see what other people are reading.


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