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Secret Life: An Autobiography Paperback – June 25, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Poet Ryan's sexual confession spans from when he was molested at the age of five to his own free-fall into obsessive sexual behavior.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Celebrated poet Ryan, whose God Hunger (LJ 6/15/89) won the Lenore Marshall/Nation Award, reveals the dark secrets of his childhood?sexual abuse by a neighbor and his father's alcoholism?that have haunted him since.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The author wins you over early as he leads you slowly and painfully through his early childhood and molestation, his memories of his alcoholic father, academic and athletic struggles, peer conflicts, bottoming out in his sex addiction, then seeking recovery through a 12-step program.
Must reading for anyone affiliated in any way at all with any of the nearly half dozen programs dealing with sex/lust addiction. Highly recommended for other 12-step recovery people who might be tempted to snear at sex addiction. Ryan demonstrates that his disease was just as deadly as alcoholism and drug addiction. After reading the book, one realizes it is no laughing matter - regardless of what some sitcoms and commercials say.
Compares well with "Asylum" by Patrick McGrath, also about sex addiction, but, unlike "Secret Life," a novel with the tone of a thriller. Ryan's story is so compelling, one almost feels sorry to put it down but wishes the author well at the end as he embarks on a hopeful journey of recovery.