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Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak about Addiction and Dependency

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"Writers On The Edge" offers a range of essays, memoirs and poetry written by major contemporary authors who bring fresh insight into the dark world of addiction, from drugs and alcohol, to sex, gambling and food. Editors Diana M. Raab and James Brown have assembled an array of talented and courageous writers who share their stories with heartbreaking honesty as they share ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Modern History Press
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
"[It] is an important tenet of your sobriety: to remember always and forever that you are marked, that there is no cure for your affliction. One drink triggers the craving, and once the craving is on you're off and running -- next stop the dope-man's house. Beating the physical part of addiction is a cake-walk compared to silencing that voice in your head, the one that never goes away, telling you it's okay to have a drink, a line or a pill, because you've been clean and sober for a while. Becau ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
A marginally involving collection of addiction memoirs and some decent poems. The more extroverted addictions are less shocking than they are banal and pretentious, whereas the raw honesty in the smaller, more intimate essays is welcome. Sadly, a few stories have no resolution involving sobriety, and that is its own kind of sincerity when it comes to the journey that is addiction. Not exactly helpful reading for a sufferer of one affliction, documented amongst so many others, as the "variety-pac ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
If your interested in learning a little bit of what goes on the minds of those with addictions or mental health issues, Writers On The Edge is a good place to start. It gives you a glimpse of many addictions and mental health afflictions. You hear from the dependent or sick person, instead of from the medical professional's, clinical point of view. Writers On The Edge by Diana M. Raab and James Brown, editors, 2012.

Although I'm not a huge fan of excerpts, I really enjoyed the various author's pe
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
Diana M. Raab picked the perfect title for this book. In this book you will find the stories, or poems of 22 writers, who either fought addiction, or was a victim of somebody who was fighting addiction. Either way it’s a long journey to the end and some scars stick with you for life.
These writers faced addictions in so many different ways, addiction doesn’t mean only drugs and alcohol, it can be sexual, gambling, cutting, to food and so much more. You would be surprised just what and how easy yo
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
At first glance I thought this book was going to be a bit out of my ordinary reading material, however as I began reading it I realized I had read quite a few other books like this one, not all true stories as in this one, but about similar issues.

This book and its numerous stories did catch my attention and draw it in. Some of the stories really pulled me in and I found myself intrigued and yet wondering how addiction really works. How people continue to do these things to themselves, well the
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Writers On The Edge is filled with emotional and eye opening stories from people in first person! First person is when they write about themselves, which is often hard to do, especially when it deals with addictions. As with any addiction, one can never be 100% recovered. There is going to be a little demon or often real life demon people who try to break ones strength. After reading quite a few of the various authors stories, I understand how difficult it was for them to sit down and write. One ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency edited by Diana M. Raab and James Brown is a collection of essays, memories, poems, and stories about addiction and dependency, but more than that they are harrowing experiences of surviving with addiction and dependency and the continuous struggle that dogs these writers throughout their lives. Most, if not all, of these essays are frank and honest about the vacillation between lying about an addiction and being honest about i ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful and moving book of short stories about individuals from all walks of life telling their story of addiction. I started reading and couldn’t put the book down because it was a realistic perspective of how addiction affects people in different ways and the reasons behind addiction.
I was interested in reading this particular book because I too have struggled with addiction on a personal level in various forms throughout the course of my life and with those that were close to me.
brandy oliver
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this to anybody who has ever had to deal with an addiction of any kind, even those who were ever a part of an addicts life.
This book will open your eyes and really start to make some sense as to why, how, what, and who.
I believe we all have an addiction of some sort, and whether you want to accept how it takes a part of your life, and affects others around you, it really does. Of course, not everybody has a drug addiction, neither do the people in this book.
I am fascinated b
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Addictions come in so many varied and frightening forms, but at heart there is such a sad sameness to them. There are some really strong pieces in this collection, a few of which I'm going to remember for a very long time. ...more
Mary Killian
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Painful stories, beautifully told.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book of woes which show that in order to tell a story, one must first destroy one's self. ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's always hard to rate an anthology--there are some five star contributions in this book. Definitely worth reading. ...more
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Pretty good...too many addictions, sex, food, shopping, too much and a bit overwhelming. Loses some impact
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Diana Raab, PhD is a memoirist, poet, essayist, blogger, and speaker who presents workshops in writing for healing and transformation. She has a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology and a research focus on the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing. Her educational background also includes health administration, nursing and creative writing.

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