Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

By David Sheff
Read by Anthony Heald

11.47 Hours 02/01/2008 unabridged
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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 Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’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 lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction. 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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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller in 2008

An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2008

Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Barnes & Noble Discover Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2008

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008

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 Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’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 lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Those of us who love an addict—or are addicts ourselves—will find Beautiful Boy a revelation. David Sheff knows all too well what must be endured with faith, and his extraordinary book describes it better than anything else I’ve read. While painfully candid, Beautiful Boy is equally optimistic and powerful.” Martin Sheen, actor
“This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” Anne Lamott
“Affecting…Rich with topical research and personal revelation.” Los Angeles Times
“[A] frightened, beautiful memoir.” San Francisco Chronicle
“This is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic.”  Publishers Weekly
“[A] powerful and sorrowful story…[Heald’s] narration is exciting and engaging.” AudioFile
“[A] moving, heartbreaking account…Anthony Heald does an excellent job with the reading, his voice and intonation conveying the pain and discouragement Sheff must have felt over his son’s condition.” School Library Journal
“Sheff’s intense memoir is hard to put down…A must-read for, at the least, anyone in similar straits.” Booklist (starred review)
“[Sheff’s] pain…communicates itself so viscerally that it seeps into your thoughts and stays with you…Sheff writes with amazing candor…Anthony Heald narrates, poignantly capturing Sheff’s highs and lows. Powerful, engaging, instructive.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: David Sheff

David Sheff’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Fortune. As a contributing editor to Playboy, he has interviewed John Lennon, the founders of Google, Gore Vidal, and others.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English