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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: My Green Publisher (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938897110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938897115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born and raised in the Jersey Shore community of Harvey Cedars, Eric T. Houghton trained to become a concert pianist. In the mid-80's he received two advanced degrees in Piano Performance, and subsequently began a busy performing and teaching career that continues to this day. For 29 years he has been Artist Faculty member of the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey. During the last 30 years, Houghton has performed both solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, most notably debuting his own works. In 2012 he presented a deeply personal series of concerts, Musical Program of Recovery, where he shared through music his past struggles and current victory over alcoholism. More shows are planned, and a live-CD recording of one of the shows is available. As writer, Houghton just completed his 12th year writing a weekly summer column for The Beachcomber of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Clammer's Diary merrily delves into Houghton's life growing up at the shore, digging clams, working at his dad's boat rental business and general beach-bum activities. Houghton's tell-all memoir, Boozehound! Breaking a 30-Year Obsession, will be released in January 2013 by My Green Publisher, LLC. Book and other related information can be found at @Boozehoundbook on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/boozehoundthebook. He lives in Ewing, New Jersey with his wife and three beautiful children.

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I immediately handed this book to someone I love dearly when I finished reading it, and I know it can do nothing but help him with his personal struggles.
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It is a very honest portrayal of the destruction an addiction can cause; but also offers hope to those who are fortunate enough to be in recovery!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TJ on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
After reading this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend, I came across a poem which sums it up perfectly.

Let others write of battles fought,
Of bloody, ghastly fields,
Where honor greets the man who wins,
And death the man who yields;
But I will write of him who fights
And vanquishes his sins,
Who struggles on through weary years
Against himself and wins.

It calls for something more than brawn
Or muscle to o'ercome
An enemy that marcheth not
With banner, plume or drum--
A foe forever lurking nigh,
With silent, steady tread;
Forever near your board by day
At night beside your bed.

All honor, then, to that brave heart
Though rich or poor he be
Who struggles with his baser part--
Who conquers and is free!

(Author Unknown)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elise M Barber on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and was drawn in immediately by the story. The way Eric goes between his lessons at the Carrier Clinic and the stories of the disease that brought him there blend together well. Having had personal experience with alcoholics, the story hit home. The book had me weepy at the end. Loved the book!
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By C. Scott on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
I echo the comment of other reviewers that this book is a "page-turner" and an "easy read" in the sense that the author is extremely efficient with his pros and keenly focused upon the story he intends to tell; hardly an un-intended or wasted word in this book. The author also employs the very effective method of alternating (chapter-to-chapter) from a micro-view of the impact of his addiction on himself and his family, vis-a-vis a detailed discussion of the days leading up to his stint in rehab and his seven days actually in rehap, to a macro-view of the likely causes and the rollercoaster progression of his disease throughout his life.

The unfettered honesty with which the author tells his story has an unexpected liberating impact on the READER, which is perhaps an acillary benefit of the profound liberation the author must have experienced by telling his story in such a directly truthful way.

Certainly an inspirational read for those sufferring from addiction (recovering or still searching for hope) and their family members, but an equally inspiring read for everyone else who faces challenges in their personal life that often times seem insurmountable. The courage demonstrated by the author as he rose from the depths of his self-imposed shame, guilt and pity, as well as the courage and remarkeable committment demonstrated by the author's wife as she extended her hand to him "one more time," leaves the reader filled with hope and positive emotion at the end of this excellent read.

I highly recommend this book.
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By Diane on April 22, 2013
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When I saw that a local guy, that I admired in high school, had written a book I just had to read it... It superseded my expectations.
Having a little knowledge about AA and the illness it treats but never really having firsthand experience until 9 months ago when a close friend choose to take that first step and attend her first meeting. Wanting to support my good friend but not really knowing how. "Boozehound" really gave me insight into this illness and what she was and still is going through. Eric's candid account of his own justifications for his drinking, what it did to his family, his health , the impact it had on his whole life and what he had to do to change it was enlightening. It gave me the so much information on the illness and the treatment while still entertaining me. I now understand the challenges that they will face every day for the rest of their lives and admire their strength!

The inner strength that both Eric and my friend have amazes me. To admit that they have a problem that they could not handle themselves and to admit it was something out of their control and to Give it up to God, WOW!
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By Bruce & Nina Novotny on February 11, 2013
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"Boozehound" is a riveting account of two different battles with alcoholism: first, a decades-long struggle to conceal the disease from friends, family and law enforcement and then, once that battle is lost, a confrontation with the addiction itself where the stakes are literally life-or-death. Eric Houghton traces his personal history with honesty and fearlessness and places the blame for his difficulties nowhere but with himself. He describes his years of partying without glamor and his downfall without sentiment or demonization. It's a matter-of-fact tale told in plain language. The characters who accompany him on the journey, on the other hand, are rendered almost larger-than-life. From the colorful fellow patients in rehab to his heroic, long-suffering wife, it's clear that Eric did not travel his path to recovery alone, however lonely it must have felt to him at times. It's an understanding in some recovery traditions that our stories shared are the keys to self-knowledge, the raw material of growth itself. Eric shares his story here with the world, and one can only guess at the good that will come from it.
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Addiction has taken so many prisoners but this story gives one hope! It is enlightening to read about Eric's journey and his first experiences with recovery. Beautifully written and honestly told, the reader is eagerly transported into the past and present life of the boozehound. Colorfully described companions, family interactions, and personal reflections, help the reader understand the ramifications of alcohol abuse and the pains of recovery. Eric "drives" you through his thirty year obsession and at the end of the road you feel like you've been riding in the back seat. Somehow, you end up laughing with the roommates, crying with those that are still on their addiction journey, and hoping that, "one-day-at-a-time" coaching will win the battle! Thank you Bill and Will.
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Composer, pianist, writer, teacher, father, husband, die-hard-Philadelphia sports fan and recovering alcoholic, Eric T. Houghton was born and raised in the Jersey shore community of Harvey Cedars. His first published book, a memoir, Boozehound! Breaking a 30-Year Obsession, traces his life with alcohol and his tumultuous 7-day rehab at the venerable Carrier Clinic. He lives in Ewing, NJ with his wife and three beautiful children.

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