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More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction

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Elizabeth Wurtzel published her memoir of depression, Prozac Nation, to astonishing literary acclaim. A cultural phenomenon by age twenty-six, she had fame, money, respecteverything she had always wanted except that one, true thing: happiness.
For all of her professional success, Wurtzel felt like a failure. She had lost friends and lovers, every magazine job she'd held,
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Published January 7th 2003 by Simon Schuster (first published October 1st 2000)
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Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I get the impression that most of the people who hate this book have little or no experience with addiction. Yes, of course, Wurtzel comes across as self destructive. That's the point. You think people decide one day that a drug addiction would make their life better?

It is really, REALLY hard to watch someone you care about make extremely bad, extremely stupid choices over and over and over. Wurtzel lets you get into her head while she's making these extremely bad choices. I think the idea is
Julie Ehlers
The first time I read More, Now, Again I was around 30, the age Wurtzel is for most of the period the book takes place. At the time I'd had the easiest, least stressful life imaginable for a few years. I loved my job, I liked my apartment, I had a fun and low-key social life. Sure, there were a few iffy things happening on the periphery, but it would be a few more years before I had to deal with anything serious like that.

It's hard to imagine that the true emotional import of any book would've
Jun 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like watching car crashes
Shelves: ahotmess
Oh, it was awful and I couldn't put it down. I have a certain, shall we say, *affinity* for memoirs about really fucked up people. Wurtzel comes across as simultaneously annoying, manipulative, awful, spoiled, whiny, desperate, genuine, shallow, talented and fascinating. The horror, the horror...
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Make. her. stop. PLEASE!

I picked up this book whenever I felt emotionally constipated - I'd read a few pages, get fed up with her incessant whining and her seemingly endless supply of self-pity, let out a roar of frustration and throw the book against the wall. Then I'd smile and go back to doing whatever I was doing before. It was cathartic in a twisted way, so I guess that's one positive thing I got out of this book...??

I'm not a cold hearted bitch, and I tried really hard to not hate this
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Someone here on "Goodreads" named Catherine wrote that "I don't freaking give a damn that she appeared whiny and self-absorbed to everyone else; the nature of depression and addiction lends itself to introspection that is hard to avoid." Thank you, Catherine. F***ing brilliant.
I couldn't figure out how to defend this writing that I have loved for years while at the same time admitting that it, at times, is "whiny" and "self-absorbed". It may be whiny and self-absorbed but it is sooooo real and
Nov 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Wurtzel is a self-absorbed ninny who writes too many memoirs.
L Dub
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the real story of addiction. This is what A Million Little Pieces failed to convey.
She finally learns humility and loses a sense of entitlement, and that is a growing experience that most spoiled Americans would benefit from.
I believe the real addiction is that of consumption. As individuals we medicate ourselves with food, drugs, shopping, attention-seeking behavior etc. We try to replace people with things because we've grown to distrust others and refuse to appear vulnerable. Pride
May 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
DON'T FEED HER DRUG HABIT! this is another indulgence memoir that give memiors a bad name. she describes how she finished her earlier book, bitch, by getting high first on ritalin, and then on coke. she never takes responsibility for anything, she blames the world and not herself, and I HATE HER.
Jalyssa Elliott
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read about the TRUE nature of addiction from the addict's point of view.
I'm not finished and I may be biased but I'm adding my two cents anyway.

I see a lot of complaining about Elizabeth Wurtzel being a self indulgent, whining writer who writes too many memoirs. Let me be objective in this and not take into consideration Bitch or Prozac Nation. Had I never read those books I would have still fallen in love with this book. Why? Why even though she whines, blames others for her emotional issues, prattles on in a non-linear way that doesn't seem to be exactly heading
More, Now, Again may often seem like merely arrogant, spoiled brat, stream-of-conscious writing, but it is also an honest and accurate account of the narcissistic, contrived and ingenuitive life of an addict drowning in psychosis and a disengaged mind.

Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i had been interested in reading this for more than a year, after hearing that Elizabeth Wurtzel got sober in AA after writing Prozac Nation, but I decided to buy it when I started taking Adderall. Wurtzel's story begins when she is prescribed Ritalin to treat "treatment resistent depression" like I was, and I was very interested to read about her experience, especially because taking this new medication makes me feel a little embarrassed and nervous, as someone in recovery. The good news is ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have always had problems with people, with the whole human race. Is it because I'm scared to be hurt or because humans are often unfriendly, selfish and offending? I try so hard to be friendly and gentle, but don't seem to get this back very often. I'm very sensitive, which means that little things in life count and that I think too much about random things. I really wish to be more relaxed and laid back!
Anyway, why am I telling this? I have read a section in Wurtzel's book that I really liked
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
From the first time I read the back cover of this book, I was hooked. Wurtzel's description of Ritalin as "sugar...the sweetness in the days that have none" mirrored ver batim my own experience with the drug. As a recovering addict, it was impossible not to be moved by Wurtzel's brutally honest and totally real account of her experience with the true nature of addiction - both the pain and the redemption. Yet I wouldn't be altogether surprised if to the average reader Wurtzel is seen as a ...more
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who has delt with the mental health system in this country will understand the point that this book establishes - pills don't make the demons go away or the depression stop. It is then that too many people turn to addiction to quiet the darkness. For anyone who has been troubled with addiction, weather it be personal or someone in your life, and won will see the beauty in this book shows about the resilance of a womans character when all odds are pitted against her.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Alex Ankarr
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
One of my all-time faves, possibly largely due to schadenfreude. (I hear she's rude to waitstaff. /bulgyeyes, meaningful look) Wonderfully hilarious, continuous fuck-ups ago-go!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Wurtzel made a name for herself with her depression memoir, Prozac Nation. This book is a retrospective look at her struggle with addiction. She was a polysubstance abuser, but she really got her start crushing and snorting ritalin. Perhaps she was ahead of her time in a sense (this was written 15 years ago), as prescription drugs like ritalin have become more and more frequently abused in the last decade. What was most impressive to me about this memoir was how well she was able to ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved prozac nation because I understood what she was going through and it was nice to read about someone elses problems instead of thinking of my own. so I was looking forward to reading this one as well. I really liked it even though I found her to be very annoying and often times I wish I could go through the book and ring her neck about the way she viewed some things but that is why i like her books so much because they make you feel even if you do not identify with what she is going ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Grow up and get a grip elizabeth wurtzel.
Let me DEFEND my wurtzel girl here kids.

I think that her publishers had a lot to do with this book being a redemption story when all was said and done.

Being that BITCH was such a....well....coked up little wander through Wurtzel's rathering refreshing Bad Girl take on the big scary F word---maybe her long-suffering friend & agent Lydia just didn't want another nightmare book tour--wurtzel missing her connection to Sweden and ending up buying expensive scarves and alchohol in Iceland instead,
Sigrid Ellis
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
It's hard to say what I think of this book. I like it, certainly, but it's not the kind of thing that lends itself to "like" and "good." It's terrifically effective. Reading Wurtzel's description of what her life of addiction was like while she wrote Bitch makes me feel like I don't want to read Bitch -- however good it may be. I think I'd spend the book pondering Wurtzel in her succession of Florida apartments, or in her publisher's office, snorting an eightball of coke a day and going out of ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although our main character "Liz", in this memoir is every bit as self-absorbed and disagreeable as the "Liz" in that other paean to the self, "Eat, Pray, Love", her humanity is front and center on every page and as a reader I was feeling what she felt and generally understanding the sometimes reasonable, sometimes ridiculous points of view she held on the book's action.

This is some bravado writing, well-executed and detailed to the point of obsession. It is a tour of a human spirit in free
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Prozac Nation's Elizabeth Wurtzel can write. the only problem, of course, is that the writing is all about addiction, addiction, addiction, problem, problem, problem, me, me, me. well, I guess I admit that it's not for everyone. but I also believe the skill involved in writing something like this is actually underrated-- just try it, you know, just try it. write about your coffee habit or cigarettes, and you'll see, it's not all that easy. no creativity is!

although today Wurtzel looks kinda
Stephen McQuiggan
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lizzie Wurtzel is a successful, wealthy young woman whose first book brought her fame along with critical acclaim. But Lizzie has problems, problems that only seem to go away when she gets high - so Lizzie decides to try and make them stay away for good. This is so honest it is almost embarrassing to read - akin to publishing your diary, warts and all. She is demanding, unreasonable, arrogant, loud, obnoxious, insufferable and yet somehow still loveable. Her self analysis is as touching as her ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Elizabeth Wurtzel's honesty is worth praising, she brings up several things caused by her addiction that many would not even tell their therapist about. She describes to us what an awful person addiction turns you into.

However, most of this book is, in my personal opinion, poorly written. This book could easily have been reduced by a hundred pages. She gets very repetitive, she re-describes her issues and past over and over again. And how awful everyone is, and how awful she is. A loop of
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: getting-better
This book kind of makes me sick. The author is so self involved and fucked up and it totally sucks me in. Interesting documentation on addiction, but really more like a theraputic diary written and left lying out for someone to find and take pity on the author- and maybe should have been kept that way. I will finish it though.
Oct 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
I absolutely hated this book! I finished it because I hate starting books and never finishing them. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. In this book, she's whiny and blames everyone else for her problems and NEVER takes responsibility for herself and her own actions. I think that's one reason why I hate the book so much. It doesn't seem fitting to call it a "memoir".
Sep 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I'm almost done with this book, and well I HATE IT. It' horribly written. She drags ON AND ON about something little. Written as though she is bragging about how her life was.

Well it's been almost 7 months now since I've started this book and well I'm still in the spot I was when I wrote the first page of this review. I would NOT recommend this book to ANYONE. She is a HORRIBLE writter.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I am quite bias when it comes to most memoirs. I usually love them even if they are flawed in various manners. The only thing I would struggle with is poor writing. I cannot finish a book if it is poorly written. However, this is not the case with this memoir. It was not poorly written, but it did deal with an uncomfortable look at how an addict really is. Elizabeth Wurtzel writes like the real addict that she was---self centered and self absorbed, needy, and extremely candid.

I can understand
Well, I've been reading Wurtzel since the mid-90s, and she was always a hot train-wreck girl. I still remember her showing up on the chat show Jon Stewart had back c. 1995 in a much-too-short skirt, all crazed eyes and bitchy-funny stories. And of course I was wildly entranced by the notorious cover photos for "Bitch". So I was expecting great things here--- over-the-top meltdown tales. Alas, though--- far too much about addiction and not enough train-wreck depravity--- i.e., no hot over-the-top ...more
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Brought up Jewish, Elizabeth Wurtzel's parents divorced when she was young. As described in Prozac Nation, Wurtzel's depression began at the ages of ten to twelve. She attended Ramaz for high school and was described as an overachiever by her teachers, who expected her to become a nationally famous writer. While an undergraduate at Harvard College, she wrote for The Harvard Crimson and the Dallas ...more
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“I can see that I imagine all kinds of rejection that never happens. I can see that I beg and plead for love that is freely offered because I somehow believe that if I don't ask for it, everyone will forget about me: I will be a little kid sent off to sleep-away camp whose parents forget to meet her at the bus when she comes back in August. Or else I think people are nice to me only to be nice to me, that they feel sorry for me because I am such a loser- as if anyone could possibly be that generous.” 77 likes
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