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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 (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"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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  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491213310
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RN322U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Heroin Addiction Memoir March 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm convinced that no better account of ground level addiction exists. Told with an excruciatingly beautiful level of prose that captures the shine and the underlying grime of New Orleans and the atmosphere on the street as Hurricane Katrina advanced, Eliza Player takes the reader with her on arduous journey through heroin addiction, and leaves nothing untouched. She takes you through the intricacies of the street, the hustle, the characters, the shady locales, and situations, while perfectly capturing the scene and the mood of her world throughout it all. From "...before the storm." and the fight of an addict just after, to evacuation, new life, insanity, and back again, this memoir of an ex-New Orleans heroin addict is an absolute 'must read' for anyone interested in not just addiction and/or recovery, but life, and redemption, and the struggle, and the stories that shape who we become.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is without a doubt the greatest book I have ever read about heroin addiction since Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries". As a heroin addict myself I could relate to each and every word this girl said!!! Most books on addiction tend to get preachy and tell you how horrifying the addiction is and how terrible drugs are but not this one. She talks about shooting up like it is an art form and although heroin is a terrible drug, like all of us she expresses love it. A love that can never be matched but must never be revisited in fear of death.

If you have never used drugs before then you still will enjoy this book. Player does a great job describing what it is like. However if you are like me and have and still am struggling with heroin addiction this book will blow you away .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Hiding Here!!!!! August 26, 2012
By sunray
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Thanks Eliza for sharing your story. I recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand and believe in the human spirit. Truth flows through this book, baring the mysteries of the sunken avenues and addictions of New Orleans after Katrina. For anyone ever brushed or engulfed by the flames of addiction, singed or scarred, you will recognize and remember her story as your own. Beyond the truth of death, no return and sacrifice there is hope.
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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 A Fascinating Read September 19, 2012
By AvisE
Format:Kindle Edition
The book follows the life of the author, Eliza, a heroin addict whose life has been unravelling for some time as the dark clouds of Hurricane Katrina gather. When the storm hits she is too wasted to care about anything except her next hit. She sleeps through the storm and when she awakens the world as she knows it has been washed away. The descriptions of the deserted streets of New Orleans are very powerful, and the images of Eliza and her fellow junkies wading through the filthy water in search of drugs adds a whole new dimension to the horror. They are like zombies in a post-apocalyptic world, getting high amidst the chaos and destruction, and living in total squalor.

While the author doesn't shy away from the realities of drugs, she never lets you lose sight of her humanity or that of her fellow drug addicts. This book helped me understand how hellish it is to get clean for those who are caught in the grip of addiction. Most people tend to think of junkies as selfish and self-absorbed, but friendship plays a very important part in the book.

I got dragged into this book immediately and read it very quickly. The only criticism I have is that there is a bit of repetition in the writing ie. occasionally the author will repeat the same information a couple of lines later. This is a minor quibble though, the writing is generally very good. The ending actually brought a tear to my eye, and it was so nice to end on a high note (no pun intended).

I highly recommend this book for those who like gritty, realisitc memoirs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read
Published 5 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly real
Awesome reality of life in addiction. Truthful believable characters. Informative advice about the city of New Orleans and the humans living in the French Quarter in real time. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story...Although Very Repetitive
This is a good read and a good story. It's sad and tragic and will break your heart a few times. You can tell the author attempted to put thought into how she wanted to describe... Read more
Published 29 days ago by N. M. Towne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love <3
Really great. These types of books are my favorite because I've lived it. I'm not sure if someone who has never experienced heroin addiction would enjoy this book as much as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stefanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read very real and raw.
Published 1 month ago by pamela vocke
4.0 out of 5 stars Shannon OLeary
An excellent memoir. I read it in one sitting. I hope someone options the film rights. It would make a great film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shannon OLeary
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Louisiana
Living through lots of what the author lived through made me smile, and laugh, and cry.
You can tell she isn't a seasoned writer & this made me like the book that much... Read more
Published 2 months ago by holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Now for the good, she is an excellent writer
no page numbers which is a little strange and no personal reason why she became an addict. I thought for sure she would tell what made her an addict and some of her other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Horwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. I've read it twice already and I've had it for 3 weeks. I recommend this book to anyone, addiction or not.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Has helped me
I have gleaned a renewed insight into my addicts thought process which will help me to communicate with him better. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Mountain Mama
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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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