Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir by James Salant
Publisher: Gallery Books
Traces the author's descent from a life of wealth and privilege into crystal meth addiction and petty crime throughout the course of a year, a period during which he came to an understanding of the side effects of crystal meth use and suffered a near-psychotic event that prompted his decision to get clean. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives. As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.
"Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do is divided along the five stages of meth recovery, Additional chapters look at “Crystal Meth Anonymous Meetings – What It’s All About” and “What About Relapse?” Upbeat and positive, Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do approaches the reader with respect and the disease of addiction with dignity." -- publisher website.
If you're going to have a life worth living, you're going to have to walk through some pain... I wrote this book for YOU, the hopeless one in a hotel room who wants to end your life. I wrote this for YOU, the drug addict that wants to give up because you can't overcome the addictions. I wrote this for YOU, the one who thinks the world is out to get you because of the life you were handed. Rejection, addiction, emptiness, brokenness, and hopelessness can destroy our lives. I know this because I was broken beyond hope, but today I am victorious! this is my journey from meth to ministry. If God can transform a life like mine, He can do it for you no matter what your story is. You just have to surrender. You have to choose to trust in the midst of the pain. I am crazy enough to believe that by you reading this book, God can grab ahold of your heart and remind you that you are loved, valued and believed in. I believe that you will start to see that God has a plan and your story isn't over. It is just about to start. If He did it for me, He can do it for you. It is my prayer that one day you too will be able to say. "It is worth the pain." And I promise, the life God has for you, it is Worth the Pain
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