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A Life in Smoke: A Memoir

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I accepted the certainty of my untimely death with gallows humor and a calculator. I'd read somewhere that each cigarette you smoke knocks seven minutes off your time on the planet. To amuse myself, I did the math: 153,000 cigarettes = two years of my life, up in smoke."

Julia Hansen first lit up at nineteen. Twenty years later, she was editing books about health — and smoking a pack or two a day. She denied her son fast food, but smoked in the house and car; curtailed his video games, but lit up at his soccer matches. Despite repeated attempts to quit, she always crawled back to her beloved menthol lights. Smoking had become a metaphorical chain around her neck, shackling her to an early death.

Haunted by a nightmarish vision of her future — her son at her deathbed, begging her not to leave him — Hansen devised a drastic quit method. She bought a 72-foot length of chain that was unwieldy as a corpse and locked herself to a radiator in her dining room. What followed: seven days of cold-turkey misery, comic absurdity, and revelation as Hansen stepped from behind her wall of smoke to face her addiction to nicotine — and some painful truths.

Clanking around her house like Marley's ghost, white-knuckling cravings, and struggling to understand tobacco's unyielding grip on her, Hansen confronted her life in smoke: fractured relationships, lifelong battles with alcohol and depression, and a profound sense of emptiness. On day 1, the chain was her addiction to nicotine, each link a story about cigarettes and self-loathing. By day 7, it had revealed its ringing, rattling truth — that every smoker has a story, and it always centers on clinging to a comfort that can kill you. In the end, Hansen's story was painfully simple: She smoked to survive her life. And then, to save it, she quit.

Fierce and funny, honest and utterly absorbing, A Life in Smoke is Julia Hansen's evocative and inspiring account of the extreme measures she took to quit smoking — decidedly not recommended by the medical profession.

Review:

"Creative similes...contribute to this compelling read, in which the drama of Hansen's life far outweighs the drama of being chained up." Library Journal

Review:

"With minor forays into the history of smoking and the technology associated with it, this is largely highly wrought introspection." Kirkus Reviews

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Hansen recounts her seven days of quitting smoking cold-turkey. Interspersed with thoughts and feelings at the time, are memories of her previous life as a smoker.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Hansen recounts her seven days of quitting smoking cold-turkey. Interspersed with thoughts and feelings at the time, are memories of her previous life as a smoker. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In an unsparingly honest and personal account, one woman recounts the extreme measures she took to crush her deadly addiction to cigarettes, creating a tour de force that is at once riveting, hilarious, and life-affirming.

About the Author

Julia Hansen was born in 1963 in Vineland, New Jersey. She lives in Reading, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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bmarsden33, June 13, 2007 (view all comments by bmarsden33)
This has got to be one of the Top 5 Memoirs of all-time, AND one of the Top 5 books about Addiction. With A LIFE IN SMOKE, Julia Hansen speaks to addicts of all descriptions, not only nicotine addicts. The format of the book--alternating between the seven days she spends chained to her house and a chronological recounting of her life from birth to present-day--is brilliant. She recounts her personal history with family, career, and relationships in a very straightforward and engaging manner, but it is when she describes her relationship with her addiction that I hear bells of recognition and understanding ringing loud and clear across the pages. No other addiction memoir I have read has spoken to me so directly and with such simple, personable, and true intimate knowledge of what it is to be an addict, why addicts do what they do, and how addiction becomes the foundation of a person's entire life and identity. Hansen's relationship with cigarettes is as intimate and volatile as any destructive, co-dependent human relationship, perhaps more so. Her story reads like a long talk with your oldest friend--it comforts, it offers honest insight and explanations, and it keeps me company as I wage my own minute-by-minute battle with addiction. I wish every person in my life could read this book and gain a deeper understanding of the baffling conundrum that is addiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743289580
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Hansen, Julia
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cigarette smokers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 13.895 oz

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Product details 304 pages Free Press - English 9780743289580 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Creative similes...contribute to this compelling read, in which the drama of Hansen's life far outweighs the drama of being chained up."
"Review" by , "With minor forays into the history of smoking and the technology associated with it, this is largely highly wrought introspection."
"Synopsis" by , In an unsparingly honest and personal account, one woman recounts the extreme measures she took to crush her deadly addiction to cigarettes, creating a tour de force that is at once riveting, hilarious, and life-affirming.
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