Friday, August 3, 2012

BEAUTIFUL BOY: A GIVEAWAY

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BEAUTIFUL BOY
 A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
 BY DAVID SHEFF

ABOUT THE BOOK:
 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.

At its heart Beautiful Boy is an amazingly honest and exquisitely written account of a family’s torturous journey through addiction. It raises questions that reflect the fears of every parent: Where does one’s responsibility to a loved one end? How—and when—should a parent know whether his or her child is substance abusing? And how does a family recover from the wounds afflicted by addiction and get on with their lives? David Sheff has written a powerful and moving family portrait that will resonate soundly with all readers and is sure to become a classic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy, based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” Beautiful Boy, a number-1 New York Times Best Seller, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2009 by Entertainment Weekly and it won first place in the 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction.  Sheff's research and writing about this subject is ongoing;he contributed to HBO's Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop and is writing a new book about mental health and addiction care in America. In 2009, Sheff was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People.

Along with The New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for The New York Times, Wired, Playboy, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Esquire and Observer Magazine in England, Foreign Literature in Russia, and Playboy (Shueisha) in Japan. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl Sagan, Salman Rushdie, OJ Simpson, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee’sTo Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio. He wrote and edited Heart Play: Unfinished Dialogue, which won a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Recording of 1984.

Sheff is the author of Game Over, published in a dozen languages, called “the bible of the videogame industry” by The Wall Street Journal, and “beguiling” and  "irresistible. . . almost as hypnotic as a successful video game" by the New York Times. Author Gore Vidal said that in China Dawn, Sheff’s book about the Internet revolution in China, “China, at the turn of the century, comes alive.” All We Are Saying, based on Sheff’s interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980, was a Literary Guild Selection book. Charles Champlin, Arts Editor of the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "David Sheff's sympathetic questions evoked so much of the Beatle past and of Lennon's intellectual past and present and future plans that the interview would hardly have been less engrossing and important even it if were not illuminated by tragedy."

Sheff  graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his family in Point Reyes Station, California.

PRAISE FOR BEAUTIFUL BOY:
"This is a brilliant, harrowing, heart-breaking, fascinating book, full of beautiful moments and hard-fought wisdom. This book is going to save a lot of lives, and help heal a lot of hearts. I absolutely could not put it down: I read it straight through in two nights. "
--Ann Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually), Bird by Bird, and Operating Instructions??

"Sheff's story is honest, reflective and deeply moving. Sadly, it is a story all too relevant for our troubled times. When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and to that of others. That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing."
--Mary Pipher, Author of Writing to Change the World and Reviving Ophelia

"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
 
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