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“A refined, beautiful work of art. . . deserves a place on the shelf next to such classics of uninhibited American introspection as On the Road and A Fan's Notes.” ―Kirkus, starred review
“Brilliant, memorable prose. . . an unforgettable read.” ―Foreword
“You don't just read The Adderall Diaries; you fall right into them. You read as if you are a few words behind the writer, trying to catch up, to find out what happens, to yell at him that he's doing a great job. And he is. It's a brilliant book.” ―Roddy Doyle
“The Adderall Diaries is a startling and original concoction, an irresistible melding of reportage and memoir and reconstruction. This is Stephen Elliott's best book, perfectly suited to his gifts as a seeker, as a storyteller, as a poet of wounds, unwelcome and otherwise. ” ―Sam Lipsyte
“The Adderall Diaries is phenomenal. With jittery finesse and a reformed tweaker's eye for detail, Stephen Elliott captures the terrifying, hilarious, heart-strangling reality of a life whose scorched-earth physical and psycho-emotional dimensions no one could have invented--they absolutely had to be lived. By all rights, the author should either be dead or chewing his fingers in a bus station. Instead, he may well have written the memoir of an entire generation. ” ―Jerry Stahl
“I felt like a voyeur reading Stephen Elliott's memoir--what is shocking and unbearable to most of us is commonplace to him. Although a murder trial provides the structure for this book, it is really about the strangeness of life, about things that don't make sense and never will, about lessons that don't get learned, and ultimately about what we can and can't know about ourselves and others. Reading The Adderall Diaries is like taking a step toward the edge of a cliff so you can peer down and imagine what it might be like to slip and fall. Normally we shudder and step back. Stephen Elliott jumps, and his harrowing, riveting memoir convinces you to follow him vicariously.” ―Amy Tan
“The Adderall Diaries begins like the ocean, seemingly able to take in everything--prize fights to Paris Hilton--until the ocean forms into a river, making its way through unmapped territories--a murder, an absent father--and finally this river is distilled into one precious teardrop. Stephen Elliott is one of those 'people who keep searching when everything is dark'--I don't know a more hauntingly fearless writer, and this is an immediate, visceral, and ultimately beautiful book.” ―Nick Flynn
A ramshackle memoir heaped on top of a thin layer of true crime reporting. The writing is generally good but the story meanders without cohering into anything interesting. Read morePublished 21 days ago by bryan g faubus
i didnt mean to read this book, because Im found it saved on my daughters Kindle.
The author , obviously, has had a tough life. Read more
An often painful, always intriguing memoir-slash-true crime piece. I was hoping for a happy resolution, but I knew early on that there could be none.Published 7 months ago by Laura Hubbard
I ordered this book almost three years ago, and it sat on a shelf or was in a box in the garage during most of that time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dharma
All over the place. He's not taking enough Adderall if you ask me. Still not sure who murdered who and why.Published 13 months ago by Book Fan
Never could get into it. Read the first 100 pages and gave up.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not sure what the big deal is about this book. To me it seems like the ramblings of a person who is not taking Adderall ( a Rx for schizophrenics). Read morePublished 16 months ago by AB