Synopses & Reviews
What had happened to my
beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong?
Those are the
wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff's journey through his son
Nic's addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic
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 warning signs: the
denial, the three a.m. phone calls — is it Nic? the police? the hospital?
His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a
journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save
his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
"An excellent book that all parents can relate to whatever their children's situation." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"An honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic." Publishers Weekly
"Those of us who love an addict — or are addicts ourselves — will find Beautiful Boy a revelation." Martin Sheen, actor
About the Author
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,
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.