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October 16th, 2007, 12:33 PM
A friend told me about this book a while ago on another forum and in doing so a rather heated debate ensued over the accuracies of his story and the so-called fabricated lies. I only started reading it last night so I will wait to bear judgment on it myself but I cannot help think which areas are fabricated and which are not. It at times then gets quite difficult to read without having that thought in the back of my head. I guess at the end of the day the author is only trying to get across his story and I think the 'Hollywood makeover' style of the book is only to heighten the real truth about drug and alcohol addiction and the recovery from it. I Still find the style of writing a bit annoying and repetitive at times which is unusual for me as I love Irvin Welsh's style.

Still early days I suppose and I have 'A Million Little Lies' by James Pinocchio to read after it which is obviously a piss-take of the book! Looking forward to that!

Love and Happiness
Hippie37 xx

Accountable for Me
October 16th, 2007, 12:51 PM
I was given this book as a gift from my mother (go figure -- she abuses alcohol too) a couple of years ago when it was hot off the press. I read it, cried through it, etc....

A lot of it was 'exaggerated' for sure - and they were apparent when reading it. When he was exposed on Oprah for his fabrications I didn't really care. It was a good read nonetheless.

As anything in life, just take what you need, relate to those things you can relate to, and enjoy the rest for entertainment.

October 16th, 2007, 01:02 PM
I posted this on another thread but I truly love Michael J Fox's book Lucky Man.

While the book does not completely surround itself around his alcoholism, part of his growth and learning was beating his alcoholism.

For those who don't know, can't imagine who, he sufferes from Parkinson's Disease. He was also an alcholic.

Yet, after all is said and done, sober, and still suffering from Parkinson's because it is not curable, he considers himself a "Lucky Man." Wow.

It is a great read.


Accountable for Me
October 16th, 2007, 01:11 PM
I had NO idea he was an alcoholic. WOW - he has great strength.... seeing he has a disabling disease and kicked the booze to the curb. I must read his book. Thanks Cindi!

October 16th, 2007, 01:18 PM
I tend to steer clear of the 'celebrity recovery' books for some strange reason. Not that their stories deserve any less merit, I just tend to like reading about 'the guy in the street' more.

Pavement for my Pillow by Chris Kitch being a prime example.

Love and Happiness
Hippie37 xx

Accountable for Me
October 16th, 2007, 01:22 PM
I agree with what you are saying Hippie37... although for some reason a lot of us tend to want to know about these celebrities and their problems. I guess it is because we need to know that although someone who is famous and rich they can't buy themselves out of being human.

I am definitely going to check into the book you suggested for sure! It sounds like a good read as well.

One thing I love about being sober is having the option of reading again. Haven't done it in years and I can't seem to get enough of it lately.

October 16th, 2007, 01:23 PM

Then give Lucky Man a chance. It is not written by a celeb looking for accolades or forgiveness.

I read everything I can get my hands on, btw. :)

You will be pleasantly surprised.


October 16th, 2007, 01:40 PM
I had no idea about Michael J. Fox either! Wow! Anthony Hopkins has been sober a long time and talks about it. And in my days in A.A in New York, I had lots of "sightings", but I guess I'm not supposed to say unless they reveal it themselves. I did hear both Clapton and Alec Baldwin "tell their stories" and they're "out" so I can mention it. Also saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in an A.A. meeting (with his whole road crew) a month before he died in the helicopter crash. Don't mean to sound name-droppy, but I too, appreciate knowing that the rich and fabulous struggle right along with us. And love to hear when they are successful in their battles with alcohol. No amount of money can keep you sober. And it must be awful when your alcohol-related embarassments are all over the media. Thank God the National Enquirer has no interest in my DUI's.

Accountable for Me
October 16th, 2007, 01:43 PM
wonderworld;209980 wrote: Thank God the National Enquirer has no interest in my DUI's. :H

Oh, my.... me too!

October 16th, 2007, 02:02 PM
Wonder and AFM,

I am so glad you talked about not having to be in the limelight with our "problem."

I have always felt sorry for celebs with this issue because even us drunks on MWO berate them. I hate it!!!!

We are all in the same boat, train, wagon, plane.

It does not matter how much money we make or how little, it will not "fix it."

One day, with some serious luck and hard work, we will figure it out and confront it. I have seen amazing stories of those who have overcome it and I have seen sad stories of those who have died without ever having been able to get their lives back.

It is not a socio-economic class problem, or an intelligence problem, a religious problem. or a race problem, it is simply a human problem. We are all in this together.


October 16th, 2007, 02:04 PM
so beautifully said Cindi!!!

October 16th, 2007, 03:11 PM
Thank You, WonderWorld.

So many people just do not undersand.

Okay, if we are starving and fighting for out every seond of survival. Maybe,

How few of us are doing that?

Thank you again,

October 16th, 2007, 03:16 PM

I hate typos.


October 16th, 2007, 03:19 PM
yeah, but "undersand' fits sometimes too! sounds familiar! LOL!
I just posted you on another thread.
We're on fire today sister!!!

p.s. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your shiny gold stars!!!

October 16th, 2007, 03:35 PM
I totally agree with you Cindi!
It is not a socio-economic class problem, or an intelligence problem, a religious problem. or a race problem, it is simply a human problem. We are all in this together.
If anything I think being in the public eye makes it that much harder to deal with an addiction be it alcohol, drugs, gambling or even sex (Micheal Douglas). You not only have your addiction to beet but the media hype that comes with it as well.

I've never been interested in the celebrity hype of Hollywood etc anyway. I know I'm generalising when I say this but I think they should Burn Hollywood to the ground!!!!lol I hate everything it stands for !!!

October 16th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Hi, Hippie!!,

Actually, No. Do not burn down HWood and all they stand for because that is so much fun.

No, burn down the hype, the image, the meglo mania.

Hollywood and their stars ( be it Hollywood, Bollywood, OrlandoWood, wherever ), it does not matter.

Celebs are just a small univerise of us. They are no more responsible for what gets them than we are.
Let us use them to our advanrage to take the message across.

It does not matter where you are born, what religion you are, what socio-economic group you are from, you might be a "drunk." Through no fault of your own. However, you if you keep up your drunkeness, IT IS THROUGH YOUR OWN FAULT.

OMG, how difficult is that?? We may not be responsible for our heritage but we must " BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS."


October 16th, 2007, 07:51 PM
I listened to it as well in audio CD. When I went into listening to this I understood that a lot of it was not a true account of this man's life. Based on that I also listened to it understandng that this is also a place I could end up and don't want to end up.

True or not it was a real eye opener for me.

July 21st, 2009, 03:11 PM
Another good read...

...whether it's true or not. The author is from my city (well, the suburb next to mine, and actually the suburb where Obama is speaking on Thursday).

July 22nd, 2009, 06:31 AM
In "A million little pieces" the mentions of the tao completely inspired me.... I also read the second book of his "My Friend Leonard" but was very dissapointed.

July 23rd, 2009, 02:14 AM
I thought the book was ok. Not a knockout, but ok.
I am always suspicious of celeb books - wondering if they are doing it for money or not. Much prefer real biography, i.e. real stories of people who have made meaningful contributions to society other than being on a screen. Not that celebs can't have stories we can relate to, but I just prefer a broader influence.

March 17th, 2011, 04:14 PM
I read A Million Little Pieces when it first came out before I had heard all the criticism about it and I enjoyed all of this book. I have also been to a 12 step treatment centre and compleatly ' got' where he was coming from with the lack of acceptance that there could possibly be another way to be sober. A great read, I dont care about exagerations or otherwise.

March 17th, 2011, 04:28 PM
Oprah had pushed that book on her book club.......She then recanted, that the story was'nt true. Had another show with the guy that wrote it on, and he confessed that it was'nt true. But hay.....it's a hell of a story ! Ha! Tony

September 20th, 2011, 04:35 PM
Finally got round to reading this and I couldnt put it down, Loved loved loved this book!
I couldn't care less if it was fact or fiction. I could relate to so many of the thoughts and feelings of the main character and found myself caring so much that he stayed sober, here is one of his powerful insights.......

?Addiction is a decision. An individual wants something, whatever that something is, and makes a desicion to get it. Once they have it, they make a decision to take it. If they take it too often, that process of decision making gets out of control, and if it gets far out of control, it becomes an addiction. At that point the decision is a difficult one to make, but it is still a decision. Do I or don't I. Am I going to take or am I not going to waste my life or am I going to say no and try and stay sober and be a decent person. It is a decision. Each and every time. A decision. String enough of those decisions together and you set a course and you set a standard of living. Addict or human. Genetics do not make that call. They are just an excuse. They allow people to say it wasn't my fault I am genetically predisposed. It wasn't my fault I was programmed from day one. It wasn't my fault I didn't have any say in the matter. Bullshit. Fuck that bullshit. There is always a decision. Take responsibility for it. Addict or human. It's a fucking decision. Each and every time.?

September 20th, 2011, 05:18 PM
I am always a bit :confused: about the notion that a genetic pre-disposition for something automatically means someone is not taking responsibility. I just don't get that. I'm sure there are people who do NOT take responsibility for whatever hand they are dealt. But others do. Taking responsibility or not doesn't change the genetic facts of the situation.

I haven't read the book and am not commenting on the book - only on the idea that genetic realities must be ignored (or something!!) in order for people to take responsibility for their lives.


September 21st, 2011, 02:15 AM
DG - I understand what you mean. I think regardless of the genetics, once you are in the depth of addiction it doesn't reallt matter how you got there, it's about getting out. Whether we become addicts because of our genetic make up or through events in our lives we still all have to make that same decision whether to carry on or stop. At that point it's a choice about taking responsibility and deciding whether do I or don't I.

Thank God we said "I do"! :)