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Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction Paperback – February 17, 2008
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An honest, deeply chilling account of what it's like to suffer from a compulsion...look for love in...all the wrong places. -- Elle, Francine Prose, May 2001
An important literary accomplishment, one that will move anyone who reads it. -- recoveryworld.com, 7 May 2001
Silverman shows how real [sexual addiction] is, how it really works, and how she was able to overcome it. -- Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand
Sue William Silverman shines a bold light on sexual addiction in her riveting memoir. -- Molly Peacock, author of Paradise, Piece by Piece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What is sexual addiction? How does one recover from this addiction? Sue William Silverman answers these questions in her heartbreaking and heartwarming autobiography. Even if a reader does not experience an addiction of any kind, no time is wasted while reading the book because the prose is so expertly crafted.
In her first book Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, (University of Georgia Press, 1996) Sue William Silverman writes about the childhood sexual abuse she experienced. She had an incestuous father and a complicit mother. The tragedy of incest leaves any child feeling that she is unlovable, and the confusion that sex equals love. The incest was woven with the elements of secrecy, danger, and destruction. In Love Sick, Sue shows the reader how those elements became a blueprint for her relationships.
As with any addiction, sexual addiction is a narrow one-dimensional drive serving only to feed itself. Sue was starved for real love as a child, so she uses unhealthy behaviors to search for love; she literally does not know better because she was not shown unconditional care. In college, she is caught in an affair with an emotionally unavailable married man, who has a son her own age. She also meets (for sex) a random obscene phone caller who is a stranger. Incest leaves the victim with instinct askew, so Sue literally believes that this strange caller was meant to meet her to show her how loveable she really is. Sue later marries Andrew, and confesses: "I first had sex with Andrew while married to someone else." Andrew is unable to comprehend Sue's turmoil except in terms of how it affects her role as his wife.Read more ›
If you have ever applied the term "looking for love in all the wrong places" to yourself and you have had sex with many "wrong" people in order to be loved (if only for a few hours) then you will find yourself described on every page of this painfully honest, brilliantly written and enlightening book.
Thank you Sue for writing about an addiction that is more about love than sex and is as powerful and destructive as any other. An addiction that is, when rarely spoken about, completely misunderstood.
I suggest everyone read this book to get a new perspective on another kind of addiction that is very different from alcohol or drugs. Also, watch the movie on Lifetime...it is very good!
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The book was harrowing, as was the author's life, but gratifying to see she'd made such progress in stabilizing her better intuitions, her better self. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Greg Tucker
There is a film version of the book that has been on some TV channels. The film has its merits but the book has much more to it.
I have the edition with the blue cover. Read more
This book was really well written. It's about a woman's struggle to end her sexual addiction and she ends up finding out so much about herself. Great from cover to cover.Published on March 15, 2014 by Amy
The author is highly talented, honest and her writing style is such charmingly engaging. She is one of the best when it comes to recommended works for those of us who are on... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Ibrahim
Throughout this book and her previous book, I felt myself transported. Sue William Silverman's mastery of the craft of writing is incredible. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Rescuing Little L
This book was wonderful and marked a major turning point for me. The honesty and courage in this book blew me away! Highly recommended!!Published on January 14, 2013 by Jennifer Anne Clavet
I couldn't finish it truthfully. The author seems to be stretching it out with over detailing descriptions throughout the novel.Published on December 13, 2012 by Jamie
The book is very well paced and written. The author's depiction of group therapy, individual sessions, and self-help 12 Step Meetings is authentic.Published on November 21, 2012 by fal