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A Life in Smoke: A Memoir

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"I accepted the certainty of my untimely death with gallows humor and a calculator. I'd read somewhere that each cigarette you smoke knocks seven minutes off your time on the planet. To amuse myself, I did the math: 153,000 cigarettes = two years of my life, up in smoke." Julia Hansen first lit up at nineteen. Twenty years later, she was editing books about health -- and s ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Free Press (first published 2006)
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Rachel
For those of you out there who smoke and have always wanted to quit or tried quitting several times, you will find a kindred spirit in Julia Hansen. She perfectly describes the torrid f-ed up relationship that smokers have with the little white sticks. Although this memoir has much of the "I had a hard life" business that many do, Julia doesn't play up her life as being any harder then most. Her troubles simply come from being depressed and she focuses on this emotional state as the catalyst for ...more
Kathryn
I quit smoking on November 17, 2011. Not for the first time, but I think it will be the last time. This book was recommended by a friend of mine who quit last year. I'm finding it fascinating, and at times very uncomfortable. One of the most difficult things about quitting smoking, for many people, is how people who don't smoke or who quit easily simply don't comprehend how difficult it is for many of us to quit. This book was written by someone who knows intimately the roadblocks to quitting, t ...more
Patricia
Chaining yourself to a radiator for a week in order to quit smoking may seem a bit extreme, but I understand why this might be the only way after having spent the summer with a person who was battling this powerful addiction. I know there are plenty of people who quit cold turkey and go on to say "Just do it!" but the thing I liked about this book is that Hansen chronicles a totally different story--the one in which the addiction is coiled around the person like a deadly snake. I found her book ...more
Peggy
I don't now how to tell people that you pick the comfort that completes you. Some people run marathons, some people drink. Some people meditate, some shot heroin. And some people smoke. I can't explain why I'm not soothed by yoga or bubble baths or pedicures. All I know is that when I smoke the world dissolves for five minutes and I need those five minutes, will risk my life for them
Quitting I understand like physical pain, emotional pain warns you that something is amiss.. That smoking had mut
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Kalli
Dec 26, 2007 Kalli rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: aa friends, smokers
Well, I guess we'll see how well this book helped me after January 1st, but really, it was a great read even if I weren't almost about to get ready to quit smoking.
Lynn
Jul 14, 2009 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I chose this book when I was struggling with quitting smoking. It helped remind me how difficult quitting is, and what a terrible thing it is.
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