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"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
What it will do is allow you to see that there is someone else dealing with exactly what you are, and that is comforting.
His work has an admirable honesty, lovely, sharp, intelligent prose, and a great ability to bring the reader into the emotional landscape of the text.
He was attracted to women who hurt/humiliated him, masochism he was well aware of, yet unable to change, powerless to prevent.
All over the place. He's not taking enough Adderall if you ask me. Still not sure who murdered who and why.Published 20 days ago by Book Fan
Never could get into it. Read the first 100 pages and gave up.Published 2 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 3 months ago by AB
I'm trying to find what I did not like about this book and the only thing is that I wish it was longer. Stephen Elliot is someone I feel I know after reading this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crystal Lemchi
It was very sporadic and disjointed. The parts about the trail were intriguing, the parts about Stephen's sad life and women? Not so much.Published 4 months ago by Suzcol2
You will keep wanting to know what happens next. I will definitely be purchasing all books written by this authorPublished 4 months ago by Pippy
The adderall diaries is nothing about adderall? I'm not sure if towards the end of the first story there is adderall involved? I only got about 75 pages in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lisa
I really enjoyed this book. It's an odd weaving through true crime and memoir. Great though. It made me a little depressed, I think. It definitely made me want to do drugs.Published 11 months ago by J. Taone
This book is more memoir than true crime......Kind of interesting in a funny sort of way....It's a good thing that it was only 208 pages.......That was just enough.Published 12 months ago by r. rush-1st