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Heroin Hurricane Katrina and the Howling Within

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When Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city of New Orleans, I did not even consider leaving. The reason was simple, really- I did not have enough heroin to leave without facing the impending doom of withdrawal. Come walk with me, through the waist-deep flood water surrounding the neighborhoods in the heart of New Orleans. Feel the water sloshing in your shoes, ducking dow ...more
195 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Amazon KDP
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Lisa Fontenot
Oct 07, 2012 Lisa Fontenot rated it it was amazing
I gave five stars on this book because it was an amazing read. I am not a reader, but being from Louisiana and having faced my own demons, this was a must-read for me. I always wondered what the addicts did when Katrina hit NOLA. All addicts know that the fear of withdrawal is what keeps them in the constant chase of their drug. This book answered so many questions and gave so much insight on what the locals went through and saw if they didn't evacuate. The author gives a very grim detail on the ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
The title almost says it all:
Heroin -plenty of that in here, as well as nearly every other kind of pharmaceutical you can imagine -oh, and don't forget the booze!
Hurricane Katrina: water, water, everywhere
the Howling Within: what every junkie is trying to smother.

But there's also something else here; this memoir is also an evocative song of New Orleans, in and out of the Quarter, on stage and behind the scenes. The author doesn't hide nor make excuses for her fascination with "the Life" and
Feb 11, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
A truly captivating true story of addiction, survival and recovery. I have read literally thousands of books, and most of them are forgotten as soon as I move on to the next one. I recommend this story without reservation. This memoir is raw, real and a story that needs to be told! A very very real story, so perfectly descriptive. I felt many different emotions while reading this story.
Highly recommended!
Oct 31, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Ever wondered how junkies survived during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans? This book tells the story of an ex addict and her journey to eventually kick the habit. I became enthralled with Eliza's story and sometimes felt as if I was seeing her experience through her eyes. A great book to read during a storm- either of weather of personal crisis.
Jan 08, 2017 Kevin rated it really liked it
Phew...tough to read but important for me to read. While I strive to understand the insanity of heroin addiction, I find it impossible to wrap my brain around the madness. I am compassionate though to the insanity of the desperate need. As a mom of two daughters who have substance abuse disorder and their drug of choice is heroin, reading books like this gives me some insight to some of their the addict, hate the disease.
Jul 25, 2013 Tori rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tori by: Amazon Lending Library
Update Reread 4/12/15 - I loved this book as much the second time. Since the last time I read it, I had my favorite trip to New Orleans and we finally watched all the seasons of Treme recently so I think I liked the New Orleans parts even more than before.

Review - 7/24/13 - I loved this book. I got it free through my Amazon Prime membership. I had never heard of the book before, and I am so glad that the Kindle allows for books like this to find an audience without the expense of publishing a ha
Francene Carroll
This was an Kindle freebie and it's a real gem.

The book follows the life of the author, Eliza, a heroin addict whose life has been unravelling for some time as the dark clouds of Hurricane Katrina gather. When the storm hits she is too wasted to care about anything except her next hit. She sleeps through the storm and when she awakens the world as she knows it has been washed away. The descriptions of the deserted streets of New Orleans are very powerful, and the images of Eliza and her fellow j
Feb 12, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it
Gritty, earthy, brutally honest to borrow a cliche. These describe the excellent memoir Heroin, Hurricane Katrina and the Howling Within: An Addiction Memoir by Eliza Player. The writing compels from the first page, revealing a positive outcome. That reveal provides a ballast against the "howling within" that rips through the succeeding pages.
If you cannot abide grammatical errors, then turn away now, because there are some inconsistencies in person and tense. However if you forgive the techniqu
Oct 21, 2012 Alyse rated it liked it

I really expected more from this book reading reviews. The writing got on my nerves. It was very repetitive and the same phrase was used sooo many times to describe injecting(the blood spurting like a poppy), which was a good descriptor the first time. But not again and again. Also the way the time skipped around made the story feel choppy and unplanned, like she went off on tangents and got distracted while writing. All in all the story itself was a good one, but the writing really drove down
Son Poyer
Sep 22, 2013 Son Poyer rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this memoir. Eliza was able to really conjure up the storm so I could feel it coming, arriving, and leaving. It was harrowing enough on its own but then she described the hunger of needing a fix. “The Howling Within” is an evocative phrase that really suited the wind and the need, both of which she describes so well in this book you can feel. Very well written and enjoyable to read.
Allison Figueroa
i read this book 2 yrs ago and i LOVED it! ! i personally love memoirs about drug addiction (being an addict myself and in recovery clean off of drugs) i can relate to what the author writes about...this book right here gripped me until the very end!! it is a must read!!
Patricia Andrade
Sep 08, 2013 Patricia Andrade rated it it was amazing
This might have been just another sad drug addiction story but the writing was gripping. The sentences just seem to pull you deeper into the tale. The author vividly described the storm so that you could hear the wind and know her fear. Very good telling. I ripped through this book in one night.
Mar 11, 2015 Deelia rated it liked it
Not bad but I found it quite repetitive.
Kathy Adams
Dec 05, 2012 Kathy Adams rated it really liked it
Awesomely raw and detailed- I loved it!
Kay Marie
Feb 12, 2013 Kay Marie rated it liked it
wow i learned more about drug use than any intervention epsiode ive ever watched. this was a sad book....seeing realistically how awful an addicts life is
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I left college before graduating in a snowstorm of psychedelics and stimulants, before gravitating towards the underbelly of New Orleans. I lived a number of years saturated in Jameson and heroin, making my living stripping my way down Bourbon, searching for my next fix. As Hurricane Katrina approached, I did not even consider evacuating, and those 13 dark days following the storm eventually began ...more
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