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Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view — a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son 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 and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for each other too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

Meth is the fastest-growing drug in the United States, as well as the most addictive and the most dangerous — wreaking permanent brain damage faster than any other readily available drug. It has invaded every region and demographic in America. This book is the first that treats meth and its impact in depth. But it is not just about meth. Nic's addiction has wrought the same damage that any addiction will wreak. His story, and his father's, are those of any family that contains an addict — and one in three American families does.

Review:

"Sheff's memoir offers his side of the story about his son Nic's downfall into drug and alcohol abuse. Anthony Heald opts for a slightly theatrical performance, which distances the listener from what should be an extremely personal and emotional tale. While never over-the-top, Heald's reading is more grounded in the world of fiction than nonfiction. His vocal interpretations of characters are improbable and the dialogue comes off as unrealistic. A touching story gets lost in translation from word to mouth. A Houghton Mifflin hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 30, 2007). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"When David Sheff discovered marijuana in his 12-year-old son's possession, he was concerned, but not unduly alarmed. Sheff, like many others of his generation, had taken drugs in college. But the problems didn't stop there. Through the next decade, Sheff searched frantically for his son along grimy San Francisco streets, endured sleepless nights when he feared that his beloved son was dead, and enjoyed... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Sheff's story tells of his teenage son's addiction to meth, in this real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the family's gradual emergence into hope.

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The best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and 3 Nights in August journeys across country and into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the remarkable skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of qualities we should all emulate.

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A remarkable memoir from the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August.

Buzz Bissingers twins were born three minutes—and a world—apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. Hell never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.

Buzz realized that while he had always been an attentive father, he didnt really understand what it was like to be Zach. So one summer night Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zachs twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his sons mind and heart. The trip also becomes Buzz's personal journey, yielding revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.

As father and son journey from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, they see the best and worst of America and each other. Ultimately, Buzz gains a new and uplifting wisdom, realizing that Zachs worldview has a sturdy logic of its own: a logic that deserves the greatest respect. And with the help of Zachs twin, Gerry, Buzz learns an even more vital lesson about Zach: character transcends intellect. We come to see Zach as he truly is: patient, fearless, perceptive, kind—a man of excellent character.

Synopsis:

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheffs journey through his son Nics addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

About the Author

DAVID SHEFF's books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, "My Addicted Son," won an award from the American Psychological Association for "Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction." Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.

Table of Contents

Zach 1

Bon Voyage 17

Blue Box 34

Is That All There Is? 50

Failure to Forget 65

Embassy Suites! 79

Lost in Milwaukee 93

Cardinals and Cookies 107

Lost 117

Ill Do Anything 127

Scene of the Crime 134

Boobie 148

Mom and Dad 162

Hollywood Blue 178

Viva Las Vegas! 190

Coming Into Los Angeles 200

Picture Perfect 210

Zach and Gerry 221

Reality Bites 227

Epilogue 234

Zachs Acknowledgments 240

Buzzs Acknowledgments 242

Authors Note 244

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nmbsports11, March 22, 2014 (view all comments by nmbsports11)
Beautiful Boy is a moving story that allows readers to relive David Sheff's nightmare of dealing with his son's addiction. Beautiful Boy shines light on the painful reality of addiction and attempts to help those of us who have never dealt with such heartbreak, understand the horror. The book felt a bit redundant and hopeless with Nic's multiple relapses. Although it began to feel like I was reading the same story each chapter, the loss of hope as a reader brings to life the pain that David Sheff and his family must have felt. David Sheff includes multiple chapters containing research about Meth - Nic's drug of choice. Those few chapters made the book a bit dry and feel like an extensive research paper. Definitely not a light read, but worth picking up if you want a better look at addiction and the effect it has on a family.
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briseida_serrato, March 21, 2014 (view all comments by briseida_serrato)
In beautiful boy, David Sheff tells his own story about being a parent to an addicted teenager. He shares with us his son's childhood and how he got submerged into addiction.
This book is very informative and helpful, especially for parents that have addicted children themselves. It can also be a great way to help parents,siblings and friends cope and understand the situation that they are in. It can be a perspective changing for those who have no concern for addicts or their loved ones.
If anyone has or is dealing with a similar situation, this book will definitely be enlightening and therapeutic.
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Tamrarr, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Tamrarr)
Now on my list of "definite reading recommendations"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547203881
Author:
Sheff, David
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Bissinger, Buzz
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Psychopathology - Addiction
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Children of divorced parents
Subject:
Drug abuse -- Treatment -- California.
Subject:
Methamphetamine abuse - Treatment -
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A&#8221; - <I>Entertainment Weekly</I></P> <p>&#82
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 336 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547203881 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sheff's memoir offers his side of the story about his son Nic's downfall into drug and alcohol abuse. Anthony Heald opts for a slightly theatrical performance, which distances the listener from what should be an extremely personal and emotional tale. While never over-the-top, Heald's reading is more grounded in the world of fiction than nonfiction. His vocal interpretations of characters are improbable and the dialogue comes off as unrealistic. A touching story gets lost in translation from word to mouth. A Houghton Mifflin hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 30, 2007). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Sheff's story tells of his teenage son's addiction to meth, in this real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the family's gradual emergence into hope.
"Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and 3 Nights in August journeys across country and into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the remarkable skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of qualities we should all emulate.
"Synopsis" by ,
A remarkable memoir from the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August.

Buzz Bissingers twins were born three minutes&#8212;and a world&#8212;apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. Hell never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.

Buzz realized that while he had always been an attentive father, he didnt really understand what it was like to be Zach. So one summer night Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zachs twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his sons mind and heart. The trip also becomes Buzz's personal journey, yielding revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.

As father and son journey from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, they see the best and worst of America and each other. Ultimately, Buzz gains a new and uplifting wisdom, realizing that Zachs worldview has a sturdy logic of its own: a logic that deserves the greatest respect. And with the help of Zachs twin, Gerry, Buzz learns an even more vital lesson about Zach: character transcends intellect. We come to see Zach as he truly is: patient, fearless, perceptive, kind&#8212;a man of excellent character.

"Synopsis" by ,
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheffs journey through his son Nics addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

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