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Marti MacGibbon shows readers just how rough the road to redemption is in her gritty memoir of addiction...Her raw, honest, casual, funny voice permeates every page...A dark yet inspiring look at conquering addiction and regaining hope. --Kirkus Reviews

...Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom is a memoir of life and living from Marti MacGibbon as she shares her life...spaced through anecdotes, dealing with her own demons and finding the light at the end of the tunnel to pursue. Never Give In To Fear is a fine pick and much worth considering for memoir and humor collections. --Midwest Book Review

...Her narration is funny...MacGibbon is self-aware, and is able to show the humor of the moment without losing the tense pacing of her story. A memoir that offers hope, even in the worst of times, Never Give in to Fear is a terrific read. ( Foreword Clarion Reviews - Five Stars out of five)

Never Give In To Fear is a book everyone needs to read. This is not only a story about the danger of drugs, but about the power of the human spirit. ( San Francisco Book Review)

It s amazing that Marti MacGibbon survived her harrowing life and had the guts to recount it...not too preachy, the author s candor and sense of humor keep the pages turning. bohemian.com

...an incredible, inspiring and sometimes funny journey to recovery. No matter what your personal journey is, this book will help you along the way. (Alonzo Bodden, comedian, winner of NBC s Last Comic Standing: Tonight Show, and star of the Showtime special, Who s Paying Attention.)

Rarely do you find such inspiration in so riveting a story...Her narration is so funny and real that I found myself laughing out loud while my heart was breaking...While there are plenty of books about people s real life experiences, only Never Give in to Fear delivers this much style and substance. (Karen Rontowski, comedienne, of Late Night with David Letterman and Comedy Central)

Marti MacGibbon has written a terrific memoir...Marti, through her humor and great sense of story, takes us on a journey few, if any of us, could survive. And she survives it intact and with great style and humor. (Mark Schiff, comedian, Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, co-author, I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America s Top Comics)

What a stunning debut from an all-around talented individual...I understand the journey Marti went on and the belief-in-self that an individual must possess to make such a declaration having come home from a personal war...Full credit to an amazing person, an accomplished author, one who has managed to laugh all the way up from rock bottom. (Chris Thrall, author of Eating Smoke: One Man s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong s Triad Heartland)

...A very good, entertaining read that takes you into the underbelly of drug addiction and, as a bonus, lets you hang with and experience the interesting characters that live within. Rich, insightful and uplifting.(Kerri Kochanski, blogger/author, PeopleThatShine.com)

Marti MacGibbon takes you on a journey of amazing pitfalls, dizzying heights, and the depths of deepest alcoholism and drug addiction. Her recovery and redemption lift the spirit, and bring joy to the heart. Most important book I have read in the past five years. (Paul Jacek, comedian, co-host of the OH, MARY! radio show on LA Talk Radio)

Ms. MacGibbon s memoir is a raw, honest and powerful account of her journey into addiction and her extraordinary courage, humor, and sensitivity as she travels the path to recovery. Never Give in to Fear provides readers with remarkable insight into the human condition. (Richard Nass, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine)

Marti MacGibbon --Dr. James Vinson Carmichael Jr., Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

...Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom is a memoir of life and living from Marti MacGibbon as she shares her life...spaced through anecdotes, dealing with her own demons and finding the light at the end of the tunnel to pursue. Never Give In To Fear is a fine pick and much worth considering for memoir and humor collections. --Midwest Book Review

...Her narration is funny...MacGibbon is self-aware, and is able to show the humor of the moment without losing the tense pacing of her story. A memoir that offers hope, even in the worst of times, Never Give in to Fear is a terrific read. ( Foreword Clarion Reviews - Five Stars out of five)

Never Give In To Fear is a book everyone needs to read. This is not only a story about the danger of drugs, but about the power of the human spirit. ( San Francisco Book Review)

It s amazing that Marti MacGibbon survived her harrowing life and had the guts to recount it...not too preachy, the author s candor and sense of humor keep the pages turning. bohemian.com

...an incredible, inspiring and sometimes funny journey to recovery. No matter what your personal journey is, this book will help you along the way. (Alonzo Bodden, comedian, winner of NBC s Last Comic Standing: Tonight Show, and star of the Showtime special, Who s Paying Attention.)

Rarely do you find such inspiration in so riveting a story...Her narration is so funny and real that I found myself laughing out loud while my heart was breaking...While there are plenty of books about people s real life experiences, only Never Give in to Fear delivers this much style and substance. (Karen Rontowski, comedienne, of Late Night with David Letterman and Comedy Central)

Marti MacGibbon has written a terrific memoir...Marti, through her humor and great sense of story, takes us on a journey few, if any of us, could survive. And she survives it intact and with great style and humor. (Mark Schiff, comedian, Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, co-author, I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America s Top Comics)

What a stunning debut from an all-around talented individual...I understand the journey Marti went on and the belief-in-self that an individual must possess to make such a declaration having come home from a personal war...Full credit to an amazing person, an accomplished author, one who has managed to laugh all the way up from rock bottom. (Chris Thrall, author of Eating Smoke: One Man s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong s Triad Heartland)

...A very good, entertaining read that takes you into the underbelly of drug addiction and, as a bonus, lets you hang with and experience the interesting characters that live within. Rich, insightful and uplifting.(Kerri Kochanski, blogger/author, PeopleThatShine.com)

Marti MacGibbon takes you on a journey of amazing pitfalls, dizzying heights, and the depths of deepest alcoholism and drug addiction. Her recovery and redemption lift the spirit, and bring joy to the heart. Most important book I have read in the past five years. (Paul Jacek, comedian, co-host of the OH, MARY! radio show on LA Talk Radio)

Ms. MacGibbon s memoir is a raw, honest and powerful account of her journey into addiction and her extraordinary courage, humor, and sensitivity as she travels the path to recovery. Never Give in to Fear provides readers with remarkable insight into the human condition. (Richard Nass, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine)

Marti MacGibbon s Never Give in to Fear sets a very high standard for any memoir to follow, and especially one of the genre that deals with addiction...at times hilariously gruesome, but ruthlessly hopeful, she gives the most jaded reader, whether in recovery or not, a reason to wake up and see what is new in the world.

--Dr. James Vinson Carmichael Jr., Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

About the Author

Marti MacGibbon, CADC II, ACRPS, is a certified addiction treatment professional, stand-up comic, and inspirational speaker. A member of the National Speakers Association, she electrifies audiences with energy, humor, and transformative content.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Stay Strong Publishing; 2 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098600670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986006708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I didn't already know Marti lived through her ordeals I might not have been able to make it through her book. (I was fortunate to recently have seen her awesome standup routine and meet her before being given her book as a gift.) Even still, I found myself completely gripped by her story, and at the same time feeling the darkness of her addiction, and yearning for her escape from it. As another reviewer mentioned, I too was surprised at how well written this book is. Marti's words are genuine, gritty, funny, heartbreaking, honest and, in the end, tell the story of a life beautifully transformed by powers greater than addiction. I love this book!! Marti's a gift.
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Never Give Into Fear is a roller coaster ride on the addiction train that takes us to the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Marti MacGibbon's book is filled with mind-boggling misadventures from the sex trade in Japan to the homeless haunts of the river people to the drug dealers in the seamy back alleys of San Francisco. Marti's story shows just where the insanity of addiction can take us. Sometimes funny, often poignant, and frequently heartbreaking the book reads like fiction but is rooted in an honesty the challenges not to look away. Surely this book will serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who is tempted by the "glamour" of drugs. Ultimately, Marti's story is one of redemption and we rejoice in her recovery.
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Marti MacGibbon's memoir is a very compelling account of her descent into despair and drug addiction. It is an insightful look at how an addict is sucked into the cycle of dependency and how it is difficult to overcome the hold that drugs can make on a person's life. The story also relates how she ultimately triumphs over the addiction by channeling her own tenacity and with the love and support of family and friends. It was an inspiring read.
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I opened this book and life stopped while I read about the author's. Her incredible trip from recreational drug usage into full blown addiction and eventual recovery makes for unbelievably great reading. Throughout the book I caught myself saying, out loud, "Oh No! Don't do THAT."
This book is so well written. It's so worth reading.
And...it will definitely save lives.
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I am so glad I read this book. From page one Marti's story grabbed me by the ankles and did not let go until the end of this book. What an adventure she experienced. I'm glad she was able to share a part of her gripping, frightening past. I hope to see her story on the big screen. This book is one I will read over and over again. I highly recommend it.Great book!
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I was gripped by this book. Not being an addict myself (but having a close family member who was), reading about the mind of one was fascinating to me. It helped me understand my family member much better and I have much more empathy for drug addicts now! It was very well written as others have mentioned.

However, about 60% through the book, I found myself getting a little bored and really wanting to see her life redeemed! She kept going back and back to her old way of life and the stories started to get repetitive and a little old. I guess I found myself saying, "okay, we get the picture. Now tell us about how you got better!" Unfortunately, only the last two chapters were dedicated to her recovery and even more unfortunate was how they were written. She mostly abandoned her story-telling style and took on a "self-help" tone. I understand that she wants to help the addicts who may be reading her book, but I wanted to know the details of how she got better - what it was like, what happened in her life then! She glossed over that part SO fast considering that the previous decade of despair was detailed in extreme depth. I truly wish she would have skipped a few drug stories and spent more time on stories of her recovery - instead of telling us that gratitude, love, and a 'higher-power' is what keeps her going from day to day. (not that those things are bad; they're great, just vague and not as inspiring as details about real experience).

I felt that after dealing with such a hard core addiction for so long that her change and recovery came too fast. It could have just been the way she wrote it, but either way - it felt like the whole book was building to the end (and her recovery) but the climax was just not that fantastic.

All and all I did enjoy this book and it kept me reading. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what it's like to be an addict of any kind. It will truly give you amazing insight into that.
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This is an amazing story of a woman sharing her life story that happens to deal with the consequences of addiction. And addiction took her to some very interesting places. And not some nice, recreational easy-going addiction - this woman was full on. I mean, you can't make this stuff up! And she's funny. An inspiring story of a woman running away from herself, then coming back and facing all the reasons she ran away in the first place. A thrill of a ride - couldn't put it down. Read it twice in one sitting. Would make a great film.
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this is the story of an addict, a person who trades her life for drugs. It is the story of life on the bottom and it gets tedious and boring. Her recovery does not come until the very end and with little explanation. I would have enjoyed a lot less of the repetitive drug escapades and more of the path back to having a whole life.
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