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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In the critically acclaimed "Five Men Who Broke My Hear"t, Manhattan journalist Susan Shapiro revisited five self-destructive romances. In her hilarious, illuminating new memoir, Lighting Up, sherejects five self-destructive substances. This difficult quest for clean living starts with Shapiro's shocking revelation that, at forty, her lengthiest, most emotionally satisfyin...more
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Published December 28th 2004 by Delacorte Press (first published 2004)
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Kasey Jueds
I'm totally fascinated by this book, which I've now read twice. Partly because it's so very funny, partly because Susan Shapiro's life is incredibly different from mine, partly because--in spite of that--I still find things I can relate to in her work and life. This book describes a year she spent undergoing addiction therapy, and quitting an incredible number of substances, including alcohol, cigarettes, bread, and gum (!). She's incredibly honest and, like I said, really very funny, and I'll p...more
Linda
as an ex-smoker, I totally connect with Susan Shapiro. As a human who realizes that we are ALL addicted to something (be it cigarettes, drugs, control, fear, power - whatever) I am so grateful for the insight she shares in this book!

Elaine
I loved this book. It's the story of one woman's relationship with her therapist, who is an expert in addiction. Susan Shapiro, in addition to being hysterically funny, is honest and appealing. I didn't want it to end.
Beli_grrl
This is without a doubt the worst memoir I have ever read. I am a dumber person for having read it. May God have mercy on her soul for putting this dreck out into the world.
Sara
LOVED IT

i love this kind of book. it say on my shelf for too long

the last chapter or so lst a bit of steam, but it is worth it.

funny and a true story
Pamela
If you've ever had an addiction of any kind...even gum, a wonderful book on why...
Tracy
Very well-written and insightful
Ivy Courtney
Excellent look at cross addition and how to lead a happy life even if everything you think makes you happy is taken away. I was cheering on the main character (although glad that I was not going through that situation myself) through the entire novel. Made me think differently about how I am currently living my life and ways that I can change for the better
Meg
While I think Susan Shapiro is incredibly self-obsessed and a bit too neurotic (and I have a high threshold), her shared insights into why we become addicted to substances, whether it's cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, or food, are truly interesting. She documents her journey to eliminating addiction from her life with the help of her likeable therapist, who has some very interesting and viable theories on the nature of addiction. While I got tired of the author and her myriad issues by the...more
Nicolle
an honest memoir about a neurotic new york writer who is addicted to everything and their mother. she sees a therapist who gets her to quit smoking cigs, weed, alcohol, chewing gum, bread products, etc. then she realizes she's addicted to her therapist, but she never quits him. the end of the book still shows her going to him twice a week, and even paying him an increased rate. so really you start to think that this guy is really taking advantage of her. but then again i'm not a big believer in...more
Elise
Susan Shapiro is most definitely self-absorbed and extremely stuck inside herself, but this does not surprise me in the least. Only a person who is completely obsessed with themselves would go to therapy as much as she does. However, I found this memoir fascinating and extremely insightful with regard to addiction and all of the causes. She also has a self-deprecating style that is easy to relate to and humorous. I actually found a lot of what she said helpful and applicable to my own experience...more
Carolina Daza
Funny, poignant, and real.
Jeannie
Parts of this book I really related to and liked, parts I did not relate to and hated. So I'm very torn on this review. I don't think (in fact I know) I wouldn't like this author as a person if I actually ever met her. Her humor was oftentimes plain offensive to me. Kuddos to her for kicking all her addictions but seriously do you even have a life now?? You seem to be pushing your happiness out there but I don't really think you're an enjoyable person to be around at all.
Aerial Nun
Jul 29, 2007 Aerial Nun rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: addicts
I wanted this book to be a lot better than it actually was. It was sometimes-funny, and offers valuable insight to anyone who's ever been addicted to anything. But more than anything, it feels like a self-obsessed rant that is way longer than it needs to be. Halfway through the book, I couldn't imagine what else was left to talk about. I confess! I skipped to the last chapter.
E G
Should be a two rating, but I did finish because I was curious to see if she remained married - much to my amazement. Drama drama drama, but again I have no frame of reference, since I'm a quiet boring sort......

Also: that much gum every day??? Really???
Niniane Wang
Captivating. Susan was addicted to cigarettes, and weaned herself off, only to then become addicted to alcohol, then gum, then food.
Jeff
Uneven at times, yet still enjoyable.

A few paragraphs of cringe-worthy pseudo-misogyny.

A few pages of wonderful insights.

A few laughs.

Worth the read, but didn't knock my socks off.
Carol
This book was referenced in the Happiness Project so decided to read it. I found it an interesting and funny approach to overcoming addictions...even to gum and bread! Two of her many.
Lisa
A pretty funny memoir. Readers of Susan Shapiro's other works may find it repetitive, as her subjects overlap, or comforting, like catching up with an acquaintance.
Juliette Swett
With a title like that, you'd think this would be funny, but I just felt like punching Susan Shapiro. She just seemed like a whiner. And not a funny one.
NYLon Carry On
I studied writing in NYC in a private class with Susan Shapiro. The class was GREAT, and she is an awesome writer!!!!!!!
Crystal
Liked her writing, but hated the relationship she had with her shrink and the type of therapy he used.
Janelle R.
Hilarious continuation of five men who broke my heart but now she tries to kick her bad habits..
Kristen
Author is completely self absorbed and a total drama queen. Could not even finish.
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