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Pelzer , published his own autobiography, A Brother's Journey , that detailed his experiences. Paraphrased, Pelzer said in the afterword of his book that his objectives for his story was to show how a parent can become abusive and how the human spirit can triumph and survive. Pelzer's first book, A Child Called "It" was published in and describes the abuse Pelzer suffered in his childhood.

Dave Pelzer

The book covered Pelzer's teen years. When discussing his seventh book Moving Forward he said, "My message has always been about resilience". His first book, A Child Called It , was successful and garnered interest.

In a news article Orion UK Publishing's Trevor Dolby said, "We get 10 letters a day from people saying the first book mirrors their own childhood, which is very depressing. That there's people who do understand. Writer David Plotz criticized Pelzer in an article he wrote for Slate. In the article Plotz says that because Pelzer's parents are dead it is hard to question them. The assertions in his memoirs have led to some skeptical commentary. He said that "Pelzer has an exquisite recall of his abuse, but almost no recall of anything that would authenticate that abuse", such as any details about his mother.

One of his younger brothers, Stephen, denies that any abuse took place, and says that he thinks David was placed in foster care because "he started a fire and was caught shoplifting". In regard to this, Dave has said that Stephen had affection towards his mother and that "he misses her terribly because she protected him". In an article in The Boston Globe Pelzer's grandmother said she believed Dave had been abused but not as severely as he described.

She also said she didn't believe his brother Richard was abused. It was revealed, however, that Pelzer's grandmother did not live in the same state as his brothers and family and was not in contact with them when the abuse happened. An article in The Guardian notes that gaps in the background narrative "makes the foreground harder to trust". But there is a definite feeling of exaggeration in the later two books Despite its dark beginning, this is ultimately a hopeful book that inspires readers to root for her throughout.

Hoping to make her dreams a reality, Michelle Tea recounts her awkward attempts to gain literary fame as she smokes, drinks, and snorts her way through San Francisco. She begins to slowly grow into a healthy, reasonable, self-aware, and stable adult. Her passionate writing shines as she tells of her often difficult relationship with money, her relationships, and more. This is a darkly comic book about the slow road through recovery, really growing up, and being someone that gets back up after screwing up. Anyone who has ever suffered from panic and anxiety might understand the allure of alcohol to help cope.

That siren song eventually led to broadcast journalist Elizabeth Vargas to admit her addiction on national television. In this memoir, Vargas recounts the childhood that led to her anxiety and panic and how alcohol gave her a release from her painful reality.

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But, predictably, addiction eventually became part of her painful reality. Writing honestly about her secret dependency and time in rehab, Vargas helps those of us who deal with a co-occurring disorder understand taking on both mental health and alcoholism — and how we cannot heal one without the other. Have you ever read a book that perfectly blended memoir with cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage? The Recovering takes a deep dive into the history of the recovery movement while also examining how race and class impact our understanding of who is a criminal and who is simply ill.

She ultimately identifies how we all crave love and how that loneliness can shape who we are, addicted and not. Often, we hear the stories of people with addiction being redeemed by their children — but this is not that kind of story, which is precisely why we love it. Janelle Hanchett chronicles the story of embracing motherhood through the devastating separation from her children at the height of addiction. Her quest for sobriety includes rehabs and therapy — necessary steps to begin a journey into realizing and accepting an imperfect self within an imperfect life.

For any mother or person who has felt like an outsider in your own life, you might just relate. Before she even turned twenty, Cupcake Brown survived more than most of us will in a lifetime: The death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug and alcohol addiction, miscarriage, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution and homelessness.

Eventually, she goes through a series of 9-to-5 jobs that end with her living behind a Dumpster due to a descent into crack cocaine use. But in this gripping memoir, she turns it all around with the help of a family of eccentric fellow substance users and friends or strangers who come to her aid.


This gripping tale is about the resilience of spirit combined with the worst of modern urban life. Alcohol, after all, tasted to her like freedom itself. Her beloved habit of overdrinking and staying until bars closed, however, meant that her nights and the following mornings were also all about her regular blackouts.

For the longest time, she thought alcohol brought adventure into her life, but eventually, she had to face the hard reality: Whatever lies she wanted to tell herself the truth was that drinking was more likely draining her life and breaking her spirit. This is the story of a woman who embarks on her bravest adventure yet and discovers sometimes you have to give up your beloved destructive habits to finally find yourself.

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In this book, celebrated journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston intuitively intertwines her own life story of alcohol use disorder with some great in-depth research and relevant interviews with those leading the charge in this field, shedding some much-needed light into this crisis and the factors that have contributed to it. Growing up in the public eye is never an easy thing.

Things get even more interesting when you have to do all this while battling manic depression, addiction, and visiting all sorts of mental institutions as a result. In this adaptation from her stage show, Carrie Fisher uses her trademark sarcasm and humor to tell you all about growing up in Hollywood and living as Princess Leia.

Well, at least as well as she can remember after having been through electroshock therapy.

Koren Zailckas is not an alcoholic. This is just how it has always been since her introduction to Southern Comfort when she was just fourteen.

Author - Patricia Eagle

Lisa Smith is the epitome of control… except when she is not. When I first began speaking of my sexual abuse, I looked for just one woman who had relived her experiences and her feelings and who had survived and thrived. I became that woman whom I was looking for, and Patricia Eagle can now count as another.

I could not recommend it more highly.

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Patricia maintains a level of honesty at all times. Her stories are tender, accurate, and positive, with pages of lovely writing.