Bill Clegg's book, Ninety Days, is a continuation of his struggle with addiction that we first were introduced to in Portrait of an Addict as a Young...moreBill Clegg's book, Ninety Days, is a continuation of his struggle with addiction that we first were introduced to in Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. As in his first book, Clegg does an excellent job of taking the reader along on his journey through his worst days and into the present as he works to maintain his sobriety each day. The narrative voice was so strong that I felt connected to him through all of his highs and lows. I wanted to scream at him to go turn around as he makes his way to his dealer's door for his first relapse after leaving rehab. The people he meets in "the rooms" were so vividly drawn that I immediately found myself hoping and praying for their well-being as the story progressed. At various points I was sad, ecstatic, disappointed and relieved. One can't ask for much more from an author than to make them feel every emotion and in this way, Bill Clegg succeeds. (less)
I enjoyed this memoir although I found the subtitle "A Halfway Homeless Memoir" slightly misleading. I should have paid closer attention to the "halfw...moreI enjoyed this memoir although I found the subtitle "A Halfway Homeless Memoir" slightly misleading. I should have paid closer attention to the "halfway" as much of the story does not revolve around her time away from home. What I found most appealing about this book was the level of honesty Erlbaum displays in her reflections on her youth. She doesn't try to paint herself as a victim despite circumstances in which she certainly could have. She acknowledges that some of her problems stemmed not from things that were done to her but by things she did to herself purely out of sadness, loneliness or even boredom.
Everyone knows or once knew a Janice Earlbaum. There was at least one at every high school and this book will give you insight into that person and perhaps even compassion for her. I look forward to reading the continuation of her story in her other book. (less)