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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758212658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This cautionary tale makes you both want and fear crystal meth, as Patrick Moore tells of the ecstatic erotic liberation the drug can bring, and then of the agonizing paranoia, anxiety, loneliness, and self-destructiveness that accompany addiction. But this is also a celebration of recovery, the narrative of one life in which horror didn't claim the ultimate triumph. Elegantly constructed, with a complex narrative structure that drives the reader forward, Tweaked is elegiac, searingly honest, and impossible to put down." --Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction

"Observant, funny, and harrowing, Tweaked is an eye-opening, fasten-your-seatbelts ride in and out of the depths of meth madness." --Michael Musto, The Village Voice

"Tweaked is a spine-chilling journey into the absurd and tragic realities of drug and alcohol abuse and the painstakingly slow but spiritually redemptive path to recovery. At a time when much of the gay media has been slow to report the horrors caused by crystal methamphetamine addiction, Patrick Moore honestly and bravely bares his soul to show the world what is happening to people because of this drug. Most of all, this skillfully-written memoir leaves the reader with the greatest asset known for survival – hope." --Rich Merritt, author of Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star

" Don’t let the title fool you: Tweaked is so much more than a crystal memoir. It’s an immersion into a gritty, rarely seen L.A., a recollection of a sleazy downtown New York that no longer exists, an extended visit with an unforgettable, spitfire grandma in Iowa, and—most of all—a penetrating look inward at the lies we tell ourselves, no matter where we are. Patrick Moore writes with humor, grace and precision. His tender-hearted memoir is a book for anyone who’s ever found himself in the wrong place, in a messed up state of mind, but with just enough clarity—and hope—to know that the only way out is to tell the truth." --K.M. Soehnlein, author of The World of Normal Boys and You Can Say You Knew Me When

"Like a cat chronicling its nine lives, Patrick Moore describes in Tweaked each one of his harrowing brushes with mortality. In this eye-opening look at the often misunderstood world of crystal meth addiction, Moore will win you over with his audacity, honesty, and poignancy. Anyone who's ever considered trying crystal should read this book first -- it's not preachy or moralistic, but it might save your life." --Tom Dolby, author of The Trouble Boy

"Patrick Moore does something extraordinary in this engaging, haunting memoir--he makes the reader understand his simultaneous love affair with and fear of the dark world of addiction and obsession. Even those who have never entered the universe he writes about will come to understand how it seduces so many, calling to the searching and welcoming them with poisoned kisses. Moore takes one of the greatest challenges facing gay men and reveals the human side of a destructive force all too often hidden behind the facade of perfect bodies and sexual fantasy. He offers no answers and asks for no sympathy. He simply tells his story and, through it, the stories of so many others who have had their lives changed forever by Tina's sparkling lies. Impossible to put down and harder to forget, his story lingers long after the last page, asking the reader to question the roles that longing, hope, and fear play in our lives." --Michael Thomas Ford, author of Last Summer and Full Circle

"Tweaked is a page-turning, harrowing and ultimately uplifting memoir. Few have been able to speak with such lucidly about the crystal-meth addiction that has gripped so many gay men. Patrick Moore writes in a remarkably open and at times highly entertaining manner – laughing out loud at the sheer preposterousness of the world that had engulfed him, even as he vividly takes us on a trip through his personal house of horrors and, eventually, to his escape. He does an enormous service by offering the story of his successful battle against Tina as roadmap for others to follow." --Michelangelo Signorile, author of Hitting Hard


More About the Author

Patrick Moore is an author, activist, producer, and counselor living in Los Angeles. As an author, Moore is best known for "Tweaked: A Crystal Meth Memoir," which tracks his descent into addiction and through the sometimes equally strange world of recovery. In 2004, Beacon Press published Moore's analysis of how AIDS had warped the legacy of sexual experimentation for gay men in "Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality." Moore's work as a journalist has appeared in The Advocate, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Chicago Tribune.

Earlier in his career, Moore was the Founding Director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS: a non-profit effort to preserve and present the cultural artifacts of the AIDS crisis. At the Estate Project, Moore pioneered the use of digital technology to preserve art works in several media and developed collaborative projects with the Guggenheim Museum, the Academy Film Archive, and the New York Public Library.

Moore has produced digital content for Yahoo! Health where he served as an "Expert Blogger" covering mental health and spirituality. He also produced video content for Yahoo! including a cooking show featuring Wolfgang Puck and a parenting series with the comic Julia Sweeney.

Currently, Moore works as a drug and alcohol counselor and is producing a documentary.

Customer Reviews

I have not heard anything else regarding the book.
dolores a digilio
He said it was a very strange book and was not too enthusiastic about it.
Adoptive Dad
It described sex addiction much better than Meth Addiction.
Richard A. Singer Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jill Elaine Hughes on September 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book---it certainly kept me turning pages throughout, and I finished it almost in one sitting. However, I would agree with some of the other reviewers in that the book seems to be more about Moore's sex addiction than his meth addiction. The book chronicles Moore's sexual escapades in 1980s New York and 1990s Los Angeles; it seems Moore just used meth and a host of other drugs to lubricate his sexual excesses. The only section of the book that exposes meth's dark underbelly is when he goes out to visit a "cooker" who lives in the California desert and cooks the drug in a trailer. I think a more apt title for the book would be "SCREWED" rather than TWEAKED due to its highly sexual content, but this book is worth a read nonetheless, especially if the ins and outs of pre-gentrification New York's sexual underground of the 80s and early 90s interests you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nels P. Highberg on May 12, 2007
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As someone who has heard a lot about crystal meth but who has no experience with it, I turned to this book to develop an understanding of why crystal meth has affected gay men and influenced HIV transmission as much as it has. I did learn a lot from this book, though I thought I would learn more about how crystal meth affects the body and mind, how it clouds and mind and encourages unsafe sex, and there was not as much of that in this book. Though there were many scenes showing the damaging effects of crystal, and Moore did not seem to hold back in any way describing the negatives of his life on crystal. This is a good book worth the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KFLICK on October 31, 2012
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The book was definitely very different BUT it had a great depiction of this man's life as a crystal meth addict and how he was to overcome it. Very happy with the seller as well because the book was in excellent condition and it got to me on time as promised.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Singer Jr. on May 15, 2007
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I had high hopes when I purchased this book. I guess that's why I try to eliminate expectations when beginning a book. I didn't think the quality was high and was not very engaged by the story. It described sex addiction much better than Meth Addiction. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend the book if you are looking for inspiration. Perhaps if I finished the book it may have been better, but it didn't even keep my interest enough to do that. There are two many books to read and I don't have time for those that are not giving me insight or understanding into the nature of life and the Universe.
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By Adoptive Dad on December 3, 2010
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I sent this to my incarcerated son trying to fill the $25.00 free shipping offer and had to choose something similar to "Beautiful Boy" and "Tweak" (great books, by the way!) since they only accept "self-help" books in some of the TDCJ facilities. He said it was a very strange book and was not too enthusiastic about it. I bought this book pretty much blind and it was not received very well.
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By murv on September 14, 2013
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the book was great best 1 ive bout im from iowa and the book talks about iowa so it was some interest to me and it was from the 60's time the story of the book was not the publish but awsome book
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I expected a different "Tweaked" book, there's alot out there... Odd to say I loved it, it opened a different "scene" or side (if you will) of this nightmare drug & addiction. The basic story line runs through them all. This was about love, loss, giving, understanding, helplessness, paranoia (ya think?), & stepping up & out & looking back. If you don't enjoy diversity in your book collection & overall reading - this isn't one to add. Read it twice early on. Probably would be worthy of another read every now & then.
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By keith on November 4, 2011
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This book is very little about the meth, and allot more about the adventures of a gay man.I couldn't beleive how little the story talked of meth for being called tweaked.
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