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Ninety Days by Bill Clegg
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Jul 05, 2012

really liked it

Why, I wondered as I started the first chapter of Ninety Days, was a I reading ANOTHER book by a recovering addict? I considered putting it down but then reconsidered. It was a slender volume, so I gave it a try. The first amazing thing is that Bill Clegg's story has no bipolar, alcoholic mother as a central character, something that seems to be a mainstay of memoirs written by today's gifted but troubled writers.And instead of coming off as a dangerous bad boy, Clegg portrays himself honestly -- as a man who has made and continues to made bad decisions and who learns to appreciate and understand the difference between self- reflection and narcissism. And in the end, his story is one of atonement and the power of grace and compassion.

That said, I hope this book isn't part of a triology.

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