- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316430937
- ISBN-13: 978-0316430937
- ASIN: 0316430935
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 6.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Like Carrie Fisher's 1987 autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge, and Mary Karr's 2009 memoir, Lit, Amy Dresner's story of addiction and recovery, My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Stay Clean (Hachette Books), is one for the ages."―Elle
"Darkly funny, the memoir reckons with demons--sex addiction, drugs, and the quest for sobriety--in brutally honest, entertaining prose."―Refinery29
"Dresner delivered a debut memoir equal parts hilarious and chilling. My Fair Junkie is a must-read story."―POPSUGAR
"Mortifying, hilarious, unsparing, and weirdly life-affirming, My Fair Junkie hits the ground screaming and never lets up. As with all great 'drug memoirs,' the subject of this raw, squirm-fest of an autobiography is not drugs, but what made drugs necessary: the twisted history and relatably depraved torments of the author's own strung-out heart. For fans of Beyond Shame, low-bottom recollectors like Augusten Burroughs and Stephen Elliot, Amy Dresner has earned her spot on the shelf."―Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"Funny, raw, real, and moving. Amy's memoir digs deep inside the world of addiction and takes you on a ride you'd pay to go on again. Amy, like addiction, is a complicated beast that needs to be unraveled and exposed to understand--and she does just that in My Fair Junkie, an incredible read." ―Amber Tozer, author of Sober Stick Figure
"I loved this book! Amy Dresner is the real deal; a fiercely funny writer whose insights into addiction and recovery--and life--are full of truth, free of self-pity, sometimes scathing, often poignant, irresistibly page-turning, and painfully hilarious."―Stephen Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
"The story she tells is hysterically funny at one moment and utterly harrowing the next--and often manages to be both those things at once."―Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling and award-winning crime novelist, journalist, and author of the short story collection Enough Rope
"Hypnotic, magical, mesmerizing. Truly great. Amy Dresner is the most startlingly alert, poetic, stunning writer I have come across in decades. She is a real talent such as one rarely encounters."―Ben Stein, lawyer, economist, actor, and author of How to Ruin Your Financial Life
"One of the funniest, most heart wrenching, real, raw, touching, revelatory, and beautiful memoirs I've ever read. It transcends just the addiction lit genre to become something far more universal-something profoundly human-and captivating. I found myself laughing out loud over and over again, while, at the same time, being deeply moved by Dresner's account of addiction to more than just substances, but the need for connection in this increasingly disparate and fractured world."―Nic Sheff, author of Tweak and We All Fall Down
About the Author
Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been the sole columnist for the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She also recently started freelancing for the Good Men Project and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com where she has her own addiction blog entitled "Coming Clean" and is one of only a select few contributors without a Ph.D. selected to write for the website.
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For loved ones of addicts and/or those in recovery, here’s finally the basis, from the true-to-life underbelly of addiction, to understand what is actually going on for your loved one. Who knows: you might even find empathy where before you only found judgment, revulsion, and bottomless anger and frustration.
And for those of us who have been (or maybe still are) addicted, Amy’s book is a manifesto for self-compassion. She is unsparing in her description of the interiority of addiction; yet she gets us to laugh first at herself, then ideally, ourselves. In a slight variation on Oscar Wilde’s observation: “Recovery is too important to be taken seriously.” Amy gets this...
There’s not a soul out there, currently in recovery, who hasn’t encountered the huge, reflexive stigma (sometimes outside, nearly always inside) directed at the individual in recovery — it just means you were addicted, right; and that ain’t ever a compliment. Who couldn’t then benefit from some major grace, laced with self-forgiving humor, amidst that everpresent outer/inner stigma?
I believe there’s liberation in good information — liberation from the shame which otherwise paralyzes the best of intentions — and brilliant Amy is one of the great liberators.