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More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction Paperback – January 7, 2003
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Look, folks, this a writer whose first novel was her memoirs about depression. Depressed people and addicts are not pleasant to be around. They're frustrating, demanding, unreliable, irritating and they make you want to scream at them to make them "normal". That seems to be the biggest problem that people have with her books - she doesn't sugarcoat anything and she doesn't try to make depression or addiction look glamourous. If this doesn't sound like something that will interest you, don't even bother reading it, because I can guarantee that you'll hate it.
Wurtzel enters rehab, lives in a halfway house, relapses, and tries alternate forms of treatment on the long road to sobriety. At one point, she finally gets a therapist who pushes her beyond her eloquent speech and word play. Wurtzel has to come to terms with her "terminal uniqueness," which a lot of addicts suffer. Wurtzel really *is* special, talented, and respected worldwide, but when it comes to her addiction, she's no different from anyone else. She also learns that there are no reasons why an addict uses, that addicts use because they are addicts, and any reason for using can be invented. She plays games, comparing heroin and cocaine and deciding her cocaine addiction is "better" because it is of the mind, not of the body like heroin. She comforts herself because you can't OD on Ritalin and cocaine like you can on other drugs.
After Prozac Nation and over the years, many readers have commented that Wurtzel is a whiny narrator. She is indeed.Read more ›
Mental Illness often creates an enormity of self absorbion, I speak from experience. From what I've read of my own issues, and from reading her books, I do wonder if she has depression on its own, or has a personality disorder on top of things. Narcisistic PD, or Borderline PD? I'm no expert, but there were bits in More, Now, Again that suggest symptoms of either.
Drug abuse can also create a great deal of self obsession; junkie logic is a law unto itself, and as a junkie, you do become a me me me more drugs person.
I found Prozac Nation interesting, as it showed the full ugliness of depression, and how it affects those around you. Yes it was whiny, but thats what depressives can be like.
As for More, Now, Again... It made me realise I had a problem with drugs, and I had to go do something about it. And it, like Prozac Nation, was whiny and self absorbed, but yet again I know many junkies, and that is what they're like.
I think that although there is whinging and whining, and self absorbion throughout BOTH her "memoirs", I (and I'm not an optimist) believe that she is writing the ugly truth, without sugar coating. Depressives and drug users are notorious for being self absorbed, and she is no exception. I like the fact she gets into the nitty gritty, and doesn't hide the worst of her behaviour from the reader.
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I'm going to be as honest as Elizabeth was when writing this book:
I'm simply disappointed. Read more
This book gave me a whole new perspective on my own addition and recovery. Wurtzel is phenomenal in her unique articulation of what she personally experienced. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Samantha Lincoln
Nothing is held back. Full disclosure of a descent into the horrors of addiction and it's pain, but also a wonderful accounting of treatment and recovery, including relapse as a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
I related to so many of her experiences. The humor she adds to the craziness of what we do as addicts was such a reality check. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just started but it seems like a good read. I loved Prozac Nation.Published 13 months ago by Kathleen
This is a well written and enthralling tale of addiction. I could not put it down.Published 14 months ago by lex