- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451681674
- ISBN-13: 978-1451681673
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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“A relentlessly candid and shockingly honest look at a nightmare world of drugs and sex and jail from which this talented actor has managed to extricate himself; but at considerable cost to himself, to his career and to his family. Very readably written and absolutely riveting throughout, this is a kind of horror story and cautionary self-revelation with a hopeful conclusion, thus encouraging for those fighting similar battles. A real page-turner!” (Legendary director, writer, and actor Peter Bogdanovich)
"A brutal cautionary tale." (NY Daily News)
About the Author
Tom Sizemore rose in prominence as an actor throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough-guy character. Born in Detroit, he got his start in Born on the Fourth of July and has since starred in Devil in a Blue Dress, Strange Days, Wyatt Earp, Natural Born Killers, Heat, Saving Private Ryan, and Black Hawk Down, among many others. Sizemore recently costarred in Fox’s television pilot Exit Strategy and had a recurring guest-star role on Hawaii Five-O. Sizemore has counseled both teens involved in substance abuse and recovering addicts and is actively involved with the Hollenbeck Youth Center in East Los Angeles.
Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl and Bought, the anthology Reality Matters, and the memoir Falling for Me. She is the executive editor of the addiction and recovery website The Fix, is doing graduate work in drug and alcohol counseling at UCLA, and speaks at colleges across the country on addiction.
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Top Customer Reviews
I can relate; a hard-earned rise in the business, more money than I could spend, recognition, then a chance involvement with a woman who created nothing but destruction in my life; my accidental children, the loss all my money and my career, the ensuing depression... then finally -although slowly- doing the work necessary to rebuild who and what I once was though now much older.
My own life has followed a strangely similar path. Yet, I feel certain there are many of us out there...
The story is entertaining to be sure, but more importantly it is a razor-sharp cautionary tale. So is watching Tom in "Heat" or "Private Ryan", then fast-forwarding to Season 3 of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and seeing what drugs, especially meth, had done to the once handsome, engaging actor.
Not to be cliche, but I couldn't put it down. Buy this book. Oh, and if you are driven, like I was, to want to get to know the true Tom Sizemore, watch Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Season 2 of Sober House with Dr. Drew. It's a real education.
I wasn't sure about purchasing this one (especially since the Kindle price is crazy expensive) but I read the reviews (see, reviews do help sell books!!) and I thought I would give it a try.
Sizemore has never been huge on my radar although he is someone I kind of knew about. He would randomly appear in movies that I watched but I would be hard pressed to tell you which ones. Also, for some reason, I ALWAYS mix him up with Michael Madsen which is pretty funny because Sizemore actually mentions Madsen in his memoir. My worst nightmare is seeing both of them together - I would spend the entire time trying to figure out who is who - but I digress.
Sizemore's life is the very definition of 'watch what you ask for cauz you might get it'. Talented, smart, bright, ambitious and somewhat fearless, the things that have made his a wonderful movie/tv star have also almost destroyed him.
In this HIGHLY candid memoir, Sizemore tells it plainly like it is - even if it doesn't put him in a very good light.
Yes, he names names - which I appreciate. MY BIGGEST pet peeve with ANY memoir is when you start reading about the person's life only to get a bunch of anonymous stories about anonymous people - if you are going to write a memoir -BE HONEST or don't bother.
Anyway, not the case here. Sizemore is also extremely honest about his drug use and his spiral (many times). You can actually see him detoriating through his stories.
I like that he makes no excuses.
This is a seriously good book.
I read it in three days which was a result of it being a short book but also because it is highly entertaining. I laughed aloud several times, particularly when Tom describes his relationship with Juliette Lewis and her habit of playing pornography because she liked the music. It's little humorous tid-bits like that which keep the book from delving into a depressing tale of Tom's drug habits. Another tid-bit was how Heidi Fleiss got drugs (believe it was speed) to Tom while he was in rehab.
The book drags a little bit at the end, especially when Tom gets close to excusing his drugged-out behavior on his family DNA. Tom does stop short of whining, however.
Overall it is a fun book to read with a deeper message from a man who has endured many self-inflicted wounds and he truly seems to take responsibility, with moderate conditions, for it all. I was already a fan of Sizemore on a personal level, but am a greater one after reading his book. Recommended.