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Addict Nation: An Intervention for America Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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Velez-Mitchell (iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life) condemns addictions to crime, celebrity, food, technology, sex, and other things in the same no-holds-barred style of her popular television show. The author targets anyone dependent on or devoted to such disparate dysfunctions as obsessive cleanliness, sexual exploitation, prescription drugs, the need to overpopulate, and technology. Drawing from her own life, the author illuminates how the government, private sector, and media (she never slips into irony) justify, romanticize, and promote addictions-essentially becoming "pushers." Each chapter focuses on an addiction and begins with an anecdote either personal or popular before shifting into intervention mode. The woman knows her facts, and her text is stuffed with statistics and anecdotes, but a few of her ideas, and her condescending tone, may turn some readers off. "Gay is the new green" proclaims the openly lesbian author in a chapter on "breeders" (addicted to procreation), and she lays guilt on non-vegans. Velez-Mitchell's intentions are equally admirable and suspect; the authority she so boldly assumes comes not from a degree or years of casework but from personal history and TV.
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Addict Nation is a great read; I couldn't put it down. In fact, I read it over and over, and I can't wait to read it again. I think I'm hooked. But in a good way. --Joy Behar, Host of The Joy Behar Show on HLN and Co-Host of ABC's The View
Addict Nation is the most comprehensive "Blueprint for Green Living" ever produced. I see it as number one and a must read for every woman, child and man. ----Jonathan Lake, Founder of GreenTV.com
JVM breaks it down so we can not only understand addiction, but we can beat it! ----Nancy Grace, Host and Star of Swift Justice with Nancy Grace
Jane Velez-Mitchell deserves an honorary psychology Ph.D. for her insights on the human psyche. ----Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Clinical Psychologist and Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Healthy Relationship
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Addiction runs deep in American culture, and it's not just drugs. "Addict Nation: An Intervention for America" is Jane Velez-Mitchell's call for America to fight its addictions, and she's not just talking illegal drugs. Everything from food to pornography to social networking she claims is taking control of our lives and its up to each American to shake the monkey off of their own backs. "Addict Nation" is a fascinating and very solidly recommended pick for anyone concerned about America's overall health.
Jane Velez-Mitchell & Sandra Mohr
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3201 S.W. 15th St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
0757315453, $24.95, www.hcibooks.com
ADDICT NATION: AN INTERVENTION FOR AMERICA analyzes how addictions have robbed Americans of their basic freedoms of choice, with freedoms coming through marketing and packaging designed to get us hooked on everything from drugs to shopping. ADDICT NATION comes from a recovering addict who asks if addiction is being marketed by big business - and how to resist its lure. Health and social issues collections alike will find this a thought-provoking 'must'.