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My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean Paperback – 18 Sep 2018

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (27 November 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316430937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316430937
  • ASIN: 0316430935
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 15.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The story she tells is hysterically funny at one moment and utterly harrowing the next--and often manages to be both those things at once."--Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling and award-winning crime novelist, journalist, and author of the short story collection Enough Rope

"Hypnotic, magical, mesmerizing. Truly great. Amy Dresner is the most startlingly alert, poetic, stunning writer I have come across in decades. She is a real talent such as one rarely encounters."--Ben Stein, lawyer, economist, actor, and author of How to Ruin Your Financial Life

"Mortifying, hilarious, unsparing, and weirdly life-affirming, My Fair Junkie hits the ground screaming and never lets up. As with all great 'drug memoirs, ' the subject of this raw, squirm-fest of an autobiography is not drugs, but what made drugs necessary: the twisted history and relatably depraved torments of the author's own strung-out heart. For fans of Beyond Shame, low-bottom recollectors like Augusten Burroughs and Stephen Elliot, Amy Dresner has earned her spot on the shelf."--Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

"Funny, raw, real, and moving. Amy's memoir digs deep inside the world of addiction and takes you on a ride you'd pay to go on again. Amy, like addiction, is a complicated beast that needs to be unraveled and exposed to understand--and she does just that in My Fair Junkie, an incredible read." --Amber Tozer, author of Sober Stick Figure

"I loved this book! Amy Dresner is the real deal; a fiercely funny writer whose insights into addiction and recovery--and life--are full of truth, free of self-pity, sometimes scathing, often poignant, irresistibly page-turning, and painfully hilarious."--Stephen Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

"One of the funniest, most heart wrenching, real, raw, touching, revelatory, and beautiful memoirs I've ever read. It transcends just the addiction lit genre to become something far more universal-something profoundly human-and captivating. I found myself laughing out loud over and over again, while, at the same time, being deeply moved by Dresner's account of addiction to more than just substances, but the need for connection in this increasingly disparate and fractured world."--Nic Sheff, author of Tweak and We All Fall Down

"Fascinating. Uncomfortable....This book is a confessional and an indictment. I've loved girls like Amy and they drug my heart through a human sewer of addiction. I've used girls like Amy and I only feigned to care. Why do I find this so fucking attractive? Well-written. Believable."--Jack Grisham, author of An American Demon

"Amy Dresner breaks my heart into a million pieces--and then slowly helps me put myself back together again. This is a wonderful book, filled with a frenetic mixture of snappy dialogue and terrifying truth."--Peter Scolari

"Dresner, a former stand-up comic and current contributing editor for The Fix, writes about her recovery from drug and alcohol abuse with honesty and irreverent humor. . . . Readers meet Dresner at her worst, but she nevertheless charms throughout her healing."--Publishers Weekly

"In Dresner's unflinchingly honest, graphic, and darkly comedic account of her life as a junkie and the struggle to come clean, readers will find strength in the humanity of those at their lowest. Dresner brings humility, wit, and sensitivity to a topic many readers are unfamiliar with, and those that are will recognize her truths."--Booklist

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In the tradition of Sarah Hepola's Blackout and Jerry Stahl's Permanent Midnight, a darkly funny and deeply revealing debut memoir about one woman's twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side--now available in paperback.

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