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Posted on Aug 3, 2010 10:29:28 AM PDT
abstractionz says:
Tom Sawyer In Hell

All life is a series of stories and Tom Sawyer In Hell is mine. The narrative follows the misadventures of a naive young man who has optimistic expectations about life that rapidly go south as he makes his way through three colleges on two coasts, courts and jails and small town lawyers, strip clubs, a gig as a Park Avenue doorman, hopelessness, psychopharmacology, absurdity, and the struggle to land a corporate job.

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"Tom Sawyer in Hell" is a collection of stories and narratives not unlike "On the Road" by Jack Kerouak, although the stories and the characters are perhaps a little more edgy. As the author travels from high school through a series of universities and misadventures he produces a constant stream of observations with engaging detail and texture. Line after line the stories describe the absurd that can be found in the ordinary, and how the absurdity of the ordinary can spiral into calamity. Peter says and does things that many of us would like to say and do but don't have the nerve for fear of not fitting in.

Graduating from high school having met and exceeded all expectations, Peter sets off to into the world. Now on his own, the book become a roller coaster ride through his early years as he seeks to make sense of the illogical behavior of friends, faculty, and authorities. How a person with such a solid core of values and education combined with the self discipline of the martial arts can so quickly become at odds with nearly every situation he engages is one of the questions waiting to be answered as you move through the book.

Ultimately for me the book is about the broken promise our families, teachers and society in general make; that if we do as we are told and work hard and honestly we are assured success, only to find that we are truly on our own in a perilous world where the truly authentic are few and far between.

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Posted on Aug 4, 2010 11:09:02 PM PDT
Bobby DeVito says:
BURNED - Living Through the 80s and 90s as a Rock Guitarist

this is my first book, and it is a rock&roll drug memoir of sorts :-)

only 99 cents on the KINDLE!

please let me know what you think of it, it was crazy to live it ;-)


bobby d

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2010 6:20:06 AM PDT
Daisy says:
You're fortunate to have lived it - so many die.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 6:53:41 AM PDT
Roger Keen says:
Now available on Kindle The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s covers four years of psychedelically enhanced life in late '70s Britain, written within the trip-lit tradition that includes The Doors of Perception, The Hasheesh Eater, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Naked Lunch.

"`The Mad Artist' is everything a memoir should be for the reader; a glimpse into the emotional, spiritual and social growth of an individual and yet not alienating through whimsy and self-indulgence. Keen uses the psychedelic experience as a beautiful craft through which the elements of his life have been magnified and threaded. It is a textual empathogen, wherein flashes of thought and circumstance entrench you in the text."

-Rob Dickins, The Psychedelic Press UK.

"Vigorously and actively trying to get to grips with what we understand by reality and the world around us through mind-altering drugs, art, literature, philosophy, music, cinema and ultimately, writing, The Mad Artist is a dazzling, intelligent and ambitious quest to cut through conventional ways of looking at the world that ultimately yields impressive and potentially life-changing results. A resounding success on every level."

-Noel Megahey, Digital Fix Reviewer

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 1:05:21 PM PDT
"Serenity: It's a God Deal" by Bill Hanks Subtitled: finding your way to sobriety, sanity, and serenity. I really like the book, but, then again, I wrote it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 1:12:03 PM PDT
Dan Shore says:
"mADD man"...a story of alcoholism, ADHD, world travel...and WOMEN!!!

mADD man

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 1:22:04 PM PDT
Daisy says:
Bill Hanks - your's is my kind of drug memoir, you know, the kind w/a happy ending. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 1:51:22 PM PDT
It is a happy least through today. Clean and sober for nearly 15 years...continuing to get well.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2010 8:38:00 AM PDT
Hi, The reviews for "Brooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective" have been good. But, is it ok for me to recommend my own book to you, ha, ha. Jerry :) www.jerrycastaldo.comBrooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective: A Memoir

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2010 1:25:53 AM PDT
Swedey says:
Get a job. Or read something educational. Move on.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 9:13:18 AM PDT
My Rock & Roll memoir named ROCK MY WORLD is available on kindle books.
It's a first hand account of working as a concert merchandiser for some of the greatest Rock & Roll bands of the Eighties. Bands like The Pretenders, U2, The Police, The Clash, John Mellencamp, Billy Idol, REM, Aerosmith & Motley Crue. The book pulls you into life on the road and all points in between. Check it out, it's filled with sex drugs & ROCK & ROLL!

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 6:25:02 PM PDT
Sam says:
Might take a look at LOSING JONATHAN by Robert wnad Linda Waxler

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 10:07:46 PM PDT
Check out Bluff Island Rescue Service.
Bluff Island Rescue Service: a memoir

I think you'll like it - it's got some crazy parts and recovery parts....check it out - the web site is

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 10:07:59 PM PDT
Check out Bluff Island Rescue Service.
Bluff Island Rescue Service: a memoir

I think you'll like it - it's got some crazy parts and recovery parts....check it out - the web site is

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 1:00:49 PM PDT
"Everyone needs to read this book. After 25yrs of drinking it has saved my life."
~ Craig Meek. (New Philadelphia, Ohio)

This is the comment I just received on Facebook from a friend of my cousin. She went to high school with him over 20 years ago and thought he might be able to benefit from reading Why Don't They Just Quit? by Joe Herzanek so she sent me his address and I sent him a copy.

Joe wrote the book for family and friends of someone with a substance abuse problem but we are finding out that many who are actually struggling with their own problem can relate to it as well. Joe tells his own story of addiction and recovery, as well as our experiences with our son and how we "raised the bottom" for him--ultimately shortening the time-span for him to come to terms with his won alcohol and drug abuse.

Joe also has a DVD called The 10 Toughest Questions Families and Friends Ask About Addiction and Recovery which packs a ton of info into one sitting. Great for families or parents to watch together.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2010 4:05:10 PM PDT
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Posted on Nov 28, 2010 7:16:18 AM PST
This is a description of my memoir, Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C. In it I discuss several years of drug addiction and the problems associated with this disease. Here's the description:

On January 3, 1987, teenager Vaughn Ripley receives what seems to be a death sentence. A lifelong hemophiliac, he has been infused with tainted blood and is found to be HIV+. In this memoir, Ripley not only recounts his life living with severe physical ailments, but also details his fight to live. Survivor follows him as he receives his fateful news and examines how this single piece of information pushes the innocent boy headlong into a hard life of drugs and alcohol. After several years and many near-death incidents, he finally overcomes the drug addiction and tries to create some semblance of life out of the resulting carnage. He describes how he turned his life around to become a professional database administrator, how hemophilia contributed to his tendency toward being an adrenaline junkie, and how medical advances allowed Ripley and his wife to become parents. His story is one of courage and tenacity, as he demonstrates the will to face the world head-on and overcome the physical ailments in order to lead an active, productive, and positive life.

Thanks, and please let me know what you think of my book!


Posted on Dec 30, 2010 11:26:04 AM PST
Chris Thrall says:
Coming soon:

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

"In 1995, Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong. Sacked from a bizarre series of jobs, he found himself homeless, hooked on crystal methamphetamine and working for the 14K, Hong Kong's largest crime family, as a doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district. Dealing with violence, psychosis and the `Foreign Triad' - a secretive expat clique that unbeknown to the world works hand-in-hand with the Chinese syndicates - he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most dangerous drug..."

Read excerpts at:

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Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2010 7:00:41 PM PST
Sex, Drugs & Being an Escort

Try my book out, if you haven't already. :-)


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 4:17:16 PM PST
Joie Lake says:
I don't have a Kindle - can I download this to read on my computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 4:47:22 PM PST
Yes, you can download the Kindle app for your PC at this address:

Then you can purchase the book on amazon and send it to the Kindle app on your PC. If you have any trouble or need more help, just ask.


Posted on Jan 3, 2011 4:59:36 PM PST
Olwyn Conrau says:
The importance of being cool - by Olwyn Conrau. Released only a few months ago. The Importance of Being Cool

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 6:47:51 PM PST
michael926 says:
Buried Alive in the Blues,about Janis Joplin . older title but still one of the best that i've ever read. hang in sister

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 9:11:40 AM PST
Amy says:
My husband's book "Facing the Dragon - How a Desperate Act Pulled One Addict Out of Methamphetamine Hell" was released on Dec. 1, 2010. It's available on through and on Kindle. It inlcludes a full color photo section.

Here's the description:
After more than twenty-three years addicted to methamphetamine and otherdrugs, David Parnell put an SKS assault rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger.The blast took off half his face, yet somehow he survived. They called him the 'miracle man' at the Nashville hospital where he'd been pronounced clinically dead. Following an afterlife experience where he briefly experienced hell, David woke up in the hospital, and he was changed forever, both physically and emotionally. In Facing the Dragon, you will witness the slow, agonizing metamorphosis of a good-looking high-school athlete into a violent, drug-dealing, psychotic wife-beater whose children were terrified of him. In graphic detail, you'll relive his suicide attempts and then walk alongside him as he endures countless surgeries to reconstruct his decimated face and learns how to cope with his hideous disfigurement. Now thirty-nine, Parnell is clean and sober and is making the most of the second chance he's been given, bringing his message about the dangers of meth and other drugs to schools, prisons, churches, and antidrug organizations around the world as a full-time lecturer. By experiencing the nightmare of his life-and his brief glimpse of hell-you will find hope and healing when facing your own life-threatening dragons.

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