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Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction Paperback – February 17, 2008
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An honest, deeply chilling account of what it's like to suffer from a compulsion...look for love in...all the wrong places. -- Elle, Francine Prose, May 2001
An important literary accomplishment, one that will move anyone who reads it. -- recoveryworld.com, 7 May 2001
Silverman shows how real [sexual addiction] is, how it really works, and how she was able to overcome it. -- Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand
Sue William Silverman shines a bold light on sexual addiction in her riveting memoir. -- Molly Peacock, author of Paradise, Piece by Piece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
An earlier memoir is "Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction" (W. W. Norton), which is also a Lifetime Television original movie. During the filming, Sue visited the set and makes a cameo appearance in the movie!
Her first memoir, "Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You" (University of Georgia Press), won the AWP award series in creative nonfiction. Her poetry collection is "Hieroglyphics in Neon." Sue's book on craft is "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir," which won Honorable Mention in "ForeWord Review's" book of the year award.
Check out the photos of Sue on this page! In one she is with Pat Boone after one of his concerts. In another, she stands beside the actress Sally Pressman, who portrays Sue in the movie "Love Sick." And another from the movie set shows Sue standing outside her movie trailer! There is also a photo of Sue teaching a workshop in creative nonfiction.
As a professional speaker, Sue has appeared on such television programs as The View, Anderson Cooper-360, and CNN-Headline News. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sue believes we all have a story to tell, that all our voices are important, and encourages others to write their life narratives, too.
Her partner is the poet Marc Sheehan, and they have two cats, Bijou and Siobahn.
For more information and photos of Sue, please visit www.SueWilliamSilverman.com.
Top Customer Reviews
What is sexual addiction? How does one recover from this addiction? Sue William Silverman answers these questions in her heartbreaking and heartwarming autobiography. Even if a reader does not experience an addiction of any kind, no time is wasted while reading the book because the prose is so expertly crafted.
In her first book Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, (University of Georgia Press, 1996) Sue William Silverman writes about the childhood sexual abuse she experienced. She had an incestuous father and a complicit mother. The tragedy of incest leaves any child feeling that she is unlovable, and the confusion that sex equals love. The incest was woven with the elements of secrecy, danger, and destruction. In Love Sick, Sue shows the reader how those elements became a blueprint for her relationships.
As with any addiction, sexual addiction is a narrow one-dimensional drive serving only to feed itself. Sue was starved for real love as a child, so she uses unhealthy behaviors to search for love; she literally does not know better because she was not shown unconditional care. In college, she is caught in an affair with an emotionally unavailable married man, who has a son her own age. She also meets (for sex) a random obscene phone caller who is a stranger. Incest leaves the victim with instinct askew, so Sue literally believes that this strange caller was meant to meet her to show her how loveable she really is. Sue later marries Andrew, and confesses: "I first had sex with Andrew while married to someone else." Andrew is unable to comprehend Sue's turmoil except in terms of how it affects her role as his wife.Read more ›
If you have ever applied the term "looking for love in all the wrong places" to yourself and you have had sex with many "wrong" people in order to be loved (if only for a few hours) then you will find yourself described on every page of this painfully honest, brilliantly written and enlightening book.
Thank you Sue for writing about an addiction that is more about love than sex and is as powerful and destructive as any other. An addiction that is, when rarely spoken about, completely misunderstood.
From the age of four until she went away to college the author was sexually molested by her father. The human mind can only take so much and not surprisingly these experiences had severe psychological consequences for her. She doesn't say exactly what happened during those years. It sounds like her other book provides those gut wrenching details.
When she went away to college and as an adult the consequences of this abuse caused complicated psychological issues that manifested as so called 'sexual addiction'. You would need some understanding of psychology to understand the cause and effect relationships for all of this which I don't have. Her therapist sort of explains it on page 225.
She seemed to feel a terrible sense of abandonment from both her mother and older sister. I get the impression that they knew what was happening or at least didn't really want to know. As a result the book gives some glimpses of someone who suffered in silence and felt there was nobody around to help or understand her which was true. That evil man burdened his daughter with a terrible secret and heavy cross to carry through the rest of her life.
There are two strange incidents in the book where her life was put in danger but her reaction was not normal. A burglar came into her apartment and she just stood there staring at the guy as if she was the intruder. Years later two muggers pulled a knife and were trying to abduct her but all she was concerned about was being late to meet her married boyfriend and give him a Christmas present.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was harrowing, as was the author's life, but gratifying to see she'd made such progress in stabilizing her better intuitions, her better self. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg Tucker
There is a film version of the book that has been on some TV channels. The film has its merits but the book has much more to it.
I have the edition with the blue cover. Read more
This book was really well written. It's about a woman's struggle to end her sexual addiction and she ends up finding out so much about herself. Great from cover to cover.Published 23 months ago by Amy
The author is highly talented, honest and her writing style is such charmingly engaging. She is one of the best when it comes to recommended works for those of us who are on... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Ibrahim
Throughout this book and her previous book, I felt myself transported. Sue William Silverman's mastery of the craft of writing is incredible. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Rescuing Little L
This book was wonderful and marked a major turning point for me. The honesty and courage in this book blew me away! Highly recommended!!Published on January 14, 2013 by Jennifer Anne Clavet
I couldn't finish it truthfully. The author seems to be stretching it out with over detailing descriptions throughout the novel.Published on December 13, 2012 by Jamie
The book is very well paced and written. The author's depiction of group therapy, individual sessions, and self-help 12 Step Meetings is authentic.Published on November 21, 2012 by fal