American Junkie

by Tom Hansen

List Price: $16.95
Paperback | 6 x 9, 288 Pages | ISBN 9781593766641

In American Junkie, Tom Hansen takes us barreling nonstop into a land of desperate addicts, failed punk bands, and brushes with sad fame, selling drugs during the Seattle grunge years. It’s a story that maps his heroin addiction, from the promise of a young life to the prison of a mattress, from budding musician to broken down junkie, drowning in syringes and cigarette butts, shooting heroin into wounds the size of softballs, and ultimately, a ride to a hospital for a six-month stay and a painful self-discovery that cuts down to the bone. Through it all he never really loses his step, never lets go of his smarts, and always projects quintessential American reason, humor, and hope to make a story not only about drugs, but a com- pelling study of vulnerability and toughness.

Read as both a cautionary tale and an occasion for empathy as we struggle to reclaim lost lives and minds from the irresistible clutches of oblivion, Hansen’s nightmarish odyssey is one of the most potent memoirs of its kind.

 
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