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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385338341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385338349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shapiro's wit and honesty elevate the work."
--Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Susan Shapiro's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The Nation, Cosmopolitan, People, and many other publications. She lives with her husband in Greenwich Village, where she teaches writing at New York University and the New School.


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Customer Reviews

Page for page, Susan Shapiro is a great writer.
J. Burdick
This book is not only eye opening and profound, but it's an incredibly easy and enjoyable read.
Lindsay
Her determination is an inspiration to anyone who is struggling with an addiction.
Amber Parrish

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader99 on June 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I started this book on Friday and could not put it down, finished it on Sunday and felt sad when I hit the last page. As I began reading, I realized I would need paper and pencil to take notes to use in my own life. My whole life I've been surrounded by people who smoke and drink, and I made a conscious effort not to become one of "those people." But after I read this book, I realized I'm no better; that I have addictions of my own that have nothing to do with "controlled substances." This book sheds a lot of light on how to live through suffering so one can come out the other end feeling like a better person for it. Susan's writing is so down to earth that you will see yourself in her no matter who you are. Dr. Winters is a big player in the book, but it's the way Susan takes the wheel of her own life that makes you want to cheer for her and ask yourself why the hell you've waited so long to face what makes you "suffer" the most.

Dr. Winters said that underneath any addiction is a deep depression. Read it and find out what it means to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie MacDonald on February 19, 2008
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We're all hooked on something: love, sports, drugs, cupcakes. No matter what your addiction is, you'll profit from reading Shapiro's book. In it, she detoxes from the substances that are preventing her from living her fullest, best life (cigarettes, pot, booze, gum -- don't laugh...even bread & pasta, perish the thought!) With fearless honesty and self-deprecating humor, Shapiro walks readers through the process, which she tackled with the help of a brilliant addictions specialist (and wannabe writer) named Dr. Winters, who has plenty of issues of his own. You'll love the little Zen wisdom notes he gives her at the end of each session; feel the discomfort of withdrawal; relate to the negative reactions of those around her when Shapiro overcomes her addictions, one by one; and most of all, cheer her on as she confronts her demons. Packed with insights (and cheaper than therapy), this memoir should be required reading for anyone seeking to reinvent themselves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura H. Rubens on August 23, 2006
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This book was an honest and provocative look at the life of an addict. Many people have different stories about how they cope with being an addict, but Susan Shapiro takes you inside the dark web of her addictions in a completely fresh and mind altering way! READ THIS BOOK! I LOVED IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina Ryder on October 1, 2008
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While reading Lighting Up, I quit smoking. My withdraw began the moment the book ended. Without Shapiro's voice to guide me through my own nicotine addiction, I was forced to accept my own sober misery. In an instant gratification society, it's easy to give into vices to hide what keeps us from happiness--our own neurosis. Shapiro's quest for overall health is about clearing smoke. Getting rid of the smoke destroying your lungs is fairy simple. But releasing the smoke in your heart is very tough. It becomes easier after joining Shapiro as she liberates herself and her readers by sharing her raw human emotions. Most stray away from showing weakness. Not Shapiro. She's a fearless memoirist, full of stories that ignite an even bigger fire--the power to be yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna King on August 26, 2006
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This book is funny as hell and hard to put down - can emphasis with someone who writes about her struggles with giving up smoking and drinking while living "in the center of Manhattan, where I could get any substance I wanted delivered within twenty minutes"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christie Grotheim on October 30, 2013
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As a 40-year-old who recently gave up carbs, drinking, smoking, and in the process of giving up Nicorette, I really related to Sue Shapiro's book. Brutally honest and infused with humor, the book offered plenty of engaging anecdotes--and insight from Dr. Winters--who became my shrink as well. I especially liked the writing and language in Chapters 2 and 17, breaking out of the narrative into a fast-paced, back and forth stream of consciousness that really captured the essence of how neurotic one feels in the throws of giving up and addiction:

"Remembered that Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg swore by dope. Admitted I never loved the writing of Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsburg. Recalled Rastafarians' claim that cannabis was a sacrament that heightened spirituality. Admitted I'd never been religious or spiritual."

The memoir touches on deeper issues, such as depression, growing older, and body image. The author deprives herself of so much from her drugs of choice to lollipops, candy and gum, and finally wrestles with her main addiction, Dr. Winters, whom she was clearly obsessed with throughout the second half of the book. When she finally puts that relationship in perspective, her marriage becomes stronger, and more importantly, she takes back control of her own life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy D'amico on October 15, 2012
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While I do not have a personality that gravitates towards addiction, I have many friends and family members who do. Sue Shapiro's book helped me to better understand the WHY of addiction, and to find compassion to replace some of the anger and frustration I have often felt when dealing with these loved ones.

I have always thought that many artists and creative types needed their alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc. to help fuel their creativity, but Sue Shapiro's book showed how creativity and productivity can actually be hampered and obscured by self-medicating techniques. Sue's liberation from her own addictions moved her towards a more fulfilling life. Her story is a beacon of hope for anyone who wants to work to shed their dependencies, no matter how shallow or deep the dependencies might seem.

Sue Shapiro is so brutally honest about herself in this memoir. I couldn't help but laugh and cheer her on as she slashed through each addiction and confronted her demons with an unflinching eye. Her rewards? Marriage to a wonderful, sexy husband, a skyrocketing career, and financial stability. What's not to love about a happy ending?

A great read, and an inspiration to anyone looking to make deep changes in their own lives.
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More About the Author

Susan B. Shapiro is an award-winning Manhattan writing professor and The New York Times bestselling author of the nonfiction books UNHOOKED, FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, LIGHTING UP, SECRETS OF A FIX-UP FANATIC, ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR WORD and two novels, SPEED SHRINKING and OVEREXPOSED. Most recently she co-authored THE BOSNIA LIST (Penguin, 2014.) Her books have been translated into 12 languages. She's written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Nation & Newsweek and teaches "the instant gratification takes too long" school of writing at The New School and in private classes and workshops. Visit her at her website Susanshapiro.net, follower her on Twitter at @Susanshapironet or email her directly at profsue123@gmail.com

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