Beautiful Boy : A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Meth Addiction

David Sheff

Anthony Heald (Narrator)

02-01-08

11hrs 29min

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11hrs 29min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Description

“This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

A #1 New York Times bestseller
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008
Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2008
An iBooks bestseller
A Publishers Weekly bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
See All +

The #1 New York Times best-selling story of addiction and a father’s love: “A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.”—Anne Lamott


Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet
.

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

Praise

“This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

“Affecting…Rich with topical research and personal revelation.” Los Angeles Times

“[A] frightened, beautiful memoir.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Sheff’s intense memoir is hard to put down…A must-read for, at the least, anyone in similar straits.” Booklist (starred review)

“This is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic.”  Publishers Weekly

“[A] moving, heartbreaking account…Anthony Heald does an excellent job with the reading, his voice and intonation conveying the pain and discouragement Sheff must have felt over his son’s condition.” School Library Journal

“Sheff writes with amazing candor…Anthony Heald narrates, poignantly capturing Sheff’s highs and lows. Powerful, engaging, instructive.” BookPage (audio review)

“[A] powerful and sorrowful story…[Heald’s] narration is exciting and engaging.” AudioFile

“Those of us who love an addict—or are addicts ourselves—will find Beautiful Boy a revelation. David Sheff knows all too well what must be endured with faith, and his extraordinary book describes it better than anything else I’ve read. While painfully candid, Beautiful Boy is equally optimistic and powerful.” Martin Sheen, actor

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Language English
Release Day Jan 31, 2008
Release Date February 1, 2008
Release Date Machine 1201824000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Health & Wellness, Biographies & Memoirs, Psychology & Mental Health, Addiction & Recovery, Most Popular, New York Times Bestsellers, Most Popular
Author Bio
David Sheff

David Sheff’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Fortune. As a contributing editor to Playboy, he has interviewed John Lennon, the founders of Google, Gore Vidal, and others.

Narrator Bio
Anthony Heald

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He has also won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations.

Overview

A #1 New York Times bestseller
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008
Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2008
An iBooks bestseller
A Publishers Weekly bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
See All +

The #1 New York Times best-selling story of addiction and a father’s love: “A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.”—Anne Lamott


Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet
.

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

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