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Heroin, Hurricane Katrina, and the Howling Within: An Addiction Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Eliza Player
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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"As I walked up the giant stairs, the hallway seemed to get brighter and brighter. I emerged onto the balcony. The sunlight was so blinding to my eyes that had been locked closed from insanity and pain or the weight of the Seroquel that I did not take in the whole scene at first. I looked at the sky. It was blue with small hints of grey, and the breeze was still while the clouds were large and puffy. The sky was calm and peaceful and fucking gorgeous. My eyes squinted from brightness and slight nausea; I looked down from the second floor of the raised old house and realized the streets had morphed into rivers. I looked on with both disbelief and amazement."

As the whispers of Hurricane Katrina swirled through New Orleans, I did not even consider evacuating. The reason is simple. I did not have enough heroin to make it very far out of the city, without facing the impending doom of dope sickness. This is my story of the storm of the century. Follow me, sloshing through the storm's flood waters, searching for my next fix, with the slow realization that things will never be the same again.

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About the Author

Eliza Player spent nearly ten years living in New Orleans, soaking up all the dirt and grime that the streets and her addiction had to offer, until Hurricane Katrina threatened that way of life forever. Since she came to her recovery, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, became a proud mother and wife, and has been writing about her past experiences in hopes to shed some light into places some feel are too dark. Come walk in her shoes...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES.....AT ALL September 5, 2012
By Prin
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I was very intrigued by the title of this book for two reasons. First, I live and lived during Katrina in Walker, Louisiana about 60 miles from New. Orleans. Secondly, we lost my husbands son, my stepson to a massive drug overdose in 2009. Eliza is very typical of the young girls you see on the streets of New Orleans, they have a "lost" look about them, maybe a little too loud or nodding, and a look of desperation in their eyes thinking of where they will find the money for and their next fix. To think that she and her friends rode that hurricane out so doped that they didn't even know what happened was very wild, how doped they must have been. We all heard about the looters on TV but to think about the pharmacy being looted just blew my mind. How I don't know b/c I know if Joey (stepson) had a chance to loot for drugs he would be the first one in. Being picked-up and taken to a state where they had no family or friends could have been a chance to start over but things just went differently. The story of Eliza's trying so hard to become clean but over and over slipping back was a familar scene to me. Eliza's spirit was beaten time and time again. For Eliza to end up in the place she is now made my spirit soar. One of the good ones made it...I am proud of you Eliza. I look at Eliza's picture on her webpage and thank God that beautiful, beautiful young lady will now live the life God has planned for her. I am proud of you Eliza and although I don't personally know you, I love you. I think that anyone who reads her story will find themselves loving her too. Please read the book...it is so worth your while.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ August 21, 2012
By A.M
Format:Kindle Edition
Memoirs tend to go one of two ways...good or bad with little gray area. This one is on the side of good to the point I couldn't put it down! Bluntly honest, bittersweet and written so well you find yourself reading in a New Orleans accent!

I was over joyed that the author made the book relevant to those who haven't faced an addiction problem themselves, but still painted a clear picture of the emotional and physical pain of someone living with this affliction!

Please take the time to read this book,and tell all of your friends sorry in advance; you won't be talking to anyone until you finish the last word!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! August 22, 2012
By J.S.
Format:Kindle Edition
Great read, couldn't put the book down once I picked it up. The author does a great job of taking you through her journey through 'hell and high water'. Really puts you in the turmoil that addiction can put you through. Takes you through the emotional roller coasters of addiction and the emotions that were experienced in the aftermath of Katrina. Highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read December 10, 2013
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Frighteningly eye opening to this awful drug and what it does to people, their lives, their bodies and their loved ones. Anyone who suspects or knows someone involved in substance abuse really must read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, April 13, 2014
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this offers an entirely different view from a population of hurricane Katrina victims no one ever considers. I really enjoyed her true to like love affair with the spike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting March 1, 2014
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Beautiful, scary, riveting story about horror and love. A book for anyone searching for their soul especially in the throes of addiction. Congratulations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing February 21, 2014
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This was a captivating read. As a recovering addict myself, I appreciate when other people are as brutally honest with their experiences. As a few other people mentioned, it does get repetitive at times and there are minor grammatical errors, but overall I think it was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, Beautiful and oddly inspiring. February 13, 2014
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I must make the disclaimer that I vaguely know the author and intimately know the story. It resonates with truth and one is constantly reminded just how different some truths are from others. In a direct, active voice, the author conveys an acceptance of horror difficult to conceive to those looking in. What's it really like to watch a dead body, as if it were furniture? Do you have the guts to find out? Ms. Player avoids clever phrases and cocksure literary devices to convey a living hell from where many do not return. It is unfortunate that nature, addiction and disaster conspired to provide an almost seamless narrative structure, but it serves the reader well. Truth, in this case is far more brutal than fiction. There are periods where one wishes for a slightly tighter edit, but they are rare. I will not spoil anything, but would rather you find out yourself. how lucky you may just be. In the glutted genre of memoir, this one will probably survive. It deserves to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not what I was looking for
I was quite intrigued by the title and the story blurb about this book. As I read the book I became less enchanted with it and wishing I did never gotten it in the first place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fran Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected
God Bless the author for making it through all of her tough times and working on kicking her habit. However, it is a difficult read. You can tell she is a new author. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L A Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This was a great book by an excellent writer. I was actually sad when I finished the book as I could have continued to read. I wanted to see how her life is now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal......but honest
I loved the attention to detail. The writer made you feel you were right beside her, living this nightmare with her. Great read! I definitely will read it again.
Published 3 months ago by Katie M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Believe She Even Lived Through the Drug Years
Hard for a person to get in the mind of an addict..if this is a true story I am happy that she is clean and sober now and starting a new life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by wintersun
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
I absolutely adore N'awlins. Thus book was so detailed. I felt like I was right there! Love me some Eliza! Feel like I have known her for years. I wish her the Best Of Luck!!!
Published 5 months ago by Amylynn McCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read, would recommend it
I got threw this book in two days. It was a fun and easy read. Not only does it give you the story of Katrina in the words of somebody who lived through it, it also shines light on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by random consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
At times, it was a bit repetitive but it did not take away from the overall story. I found the story engaging, heartbreaking and inspiring. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Lamb
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Eliza spent many years, slumming it up in New Orleans, heavy lidded with drugs and alcohol until Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city, changing her life forever. She has been clean for six years and hopes to share her story of addiction and recovery with the world.

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