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~Read Kindle ☪ Ninety Days ♵ The goal is ninety just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything With seventy three days in rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including the seemingly unshakably sober Asa, and Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapseAt first, the support is not enough Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left, turning his calendar back to day one Written with uncompromised immediacy, Ninety Days begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends and tells the wrenching story of Bill Clegg s battle to reclaim his life As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning WARNING RANT AHEAD I am hopping mad about this book sorry Julie This should be edited down to be the epilogue of the paperback edition of his last book which I also read, and wasn t crazy about, but likedthan this 24.95 for a 150 ish hardcover 5 pages of which, for example, are about a walk in the effing rain REALLY, Little Brown Ever hear of a little thing called PAPERBACK ORIGINAL Listen, I get that addiction is a horrible, wrenching, soul sucking disease Reviewing memoirs is WARNING RANT AHEAD I am hopping mad about this book sorry Julie This should be edited down to be the epilogue of the paperback edition of his last book which I also read, and wasn t crazy about, but likedthan this 24.95 for a 150 ish hardcover 5 pages of which, for example, are about a walk in the effing rain REALLY, Little Brown Ever hear of a little thing called PAPERBACK ORIGINAL Listen, I get that addiction is a horrible, wrenching, soul sucking disease Reviewing memoirs is tricky even little Goodreads reviews for my own self There s a line between critiquing a book and the person, and I am only talking about the former The bottom line is Bill Clegg, like anyone, should be commended for getting sober, for continuing to go back to meetings, for sharing his story with other addicts, and for his honesty.And I recognize some of my fury is just some old baggage I ve been carrying around Some of my ire is jealousy I feel the same way I always feel when addicts are commended for getting up and going to work at the 7 11 and coming home and cleaning their bathroom Oh yay you, you did great today Except that s called being a grown person Everyone needs a little recovery time, but most of us aren t lucky enough to get a year of not working and living in their own apartment in the city, while a rich friend brings food over every week.But mostly I m angry because this isn t a book, it s a diary Publishing it seems to feed into Clegg s terminal uniqueness If he were anything other than a literary agent there s no way in hell this follow up memoir would be published at all Lousy business decisions like this make the whole publishing world look bad Day 1 12 Out of rehab, still terminally unique, barely holding onDay 13 RelapseRinse, repeat, interject a couple of stories about fellow addictsDay 5,411 Epilogue where he FINALLY seems to get it.The epilogue is the only redeeming factor Anytime an addict says Day 1 for the last time , you know it isn t the last time I felt a sense of relief in Bangkok Next time, maybe a nice article in the NYT would be sufficient Perhaps inevitably, this feels very subdued compared to Clegg s flashy account of the heights of his drug addiction Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man It s not a satisfyingly tidy story of getting clean and staying clean it s full of setbacks, stupid mistakes, and willful backsliding In narcotics support groups you re said to be cured when you ve gone 90 days without using At the start of each meeting, you go around the circle and each person says aloud how many days clean they have Som Perhaps inevitably, this feels very subdued compared to Clegg s flashy account of the heights of his drug addiction Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man It s not a satisfyingly tidy story of getting clean and staying clean it s full of setbacks, stupid mistakes, and willful backsliding In narcotics support groups you re said to be cured when you ve gone 90 days without using At the start of each meeting, you go around the circle and each person says aloud how many days clean they have Sometimes, for Clegg, it s a respectable 50 something But sometimes it s just one day, and the cycle starts over This involves some repetition, and there are lots of references to friends and lovers, both past and present, that I had trouble keeping straight Still, if you re a fan of Clegg s other books or have a particular interest in addiction recovery, this is worth reading.Favorite passage Five and a half years and then one day For me, there are no finish lines No recovered, just recovering My sobriety, that delicate state that can, for years at a time, feel unshakable, is completely dependent on my connection to other alcoholics and addicts, my seeking their help and my offering it A true roller coaster ride of a read Fast and thrilling Those moments when the addict decides to pick up still remain mysterious In this memoir they seem to happen at any time, for no real reason I did find myself worrying about Benny, the long suffering cat who did not seem to like his owner very much I wonder what this cat s story would be if he wrote a book Poor old lonesome Benny. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I live for a good memoir, but in the words of Nicki Minaj, I don t know, mane A memoir versus a personal narrative requires a lot of reflection, right NINETY DAYS NINETY DAZE is a beach read there s no causation, there s zero analysis, there are tons of mildly interesting characters who all circle around some kind of addiction It s like the TRUE BLOOD series without anything supernatural, and less homoerotic He smoked a lot of crack, wrecked his life, destroyed his career, drained his ba I live for a good memoir, but in the words of Nicki Minaj, I don t know, mane A memoir versus a personal narrative requires a lot of reflection, right NINETY DAYS NINETY DAZE is a beach read there s no causation, there s zero analysis, there are tons of mildly interesting characters who all circle around some kind of addiction It s like the TRUE BLOOD series without anything supernatural, and less homoerotic He smoked a lot of crack, wrecked his life, destroyed his career, drained his bank account, fixed himself, moved back to NYC, and spends the rest of the 200 pages in a kind of Groundhog Day of addiction and abstinence, like Bill Murray is Bill Clegg and Andie MacDowell is a crack pipe.And I get that addiction is cyclical it s hard to break any kind of cycle.And then there s the question of his boo s I particularly disliked his treatment of Asa The fact that he brings him up again and again after Clegg flatly dismisses his romantic advances feels really mean spirited And I m sure Clegg himself would say he s emblematic of addiction, in that a person must always keep it in mind because it s always right around the corner, but I think Clegg s biography alone speaks volumes to that Just cut him out of the narrative after you re finished using him as a basic driving device Asa will now forever know that his story was made public even if his name is changed, that stain will never be erased.Props for exorcising the demons and helping people by airing your dirty laundry Rah rah, I guess Being sober is the coolest thing in the world I felt the need to take a shower after finishing this, and it had nothing to do with the crank This book fills in a lot of the blanks from Portrait of the Young Man as an Addict Clegg clearly withheld a great deal of information from his first book, making his rehab and recovery seem mucheasy than it really was I was extremely angry at him as I read this new book and realized how he had misrepresented his recovery in the prior work, but I guess once in denial, always in denial Yes,he does try to make up for that here, and his descriptions and representations of himself are quit This book fills in a lot of the blanks from Portrait of the Young Man as an Addict Clegg clearly withheld a great deal of information from his first book, making his rehab and recovery seem mucheasy than it really was I was extremely angry at him as I read this new book and realized how he had misrepresented his recovery in the prior work, but I guess once in denial, always in denial Yes,he does try to make up for that here, and his descriptions and representations of himself are quite harrowing One leaves the book with a much clearer understanding of just how difficult it is to remain on the recovery path, that it takes a lot of determination and commitment, and just how easy it is to go off the path One also gets a greater appreciation for the one day at a time philosophy, which enables a reader to be less judgmental, but leaves room for feelings of exasperation I also wondered how much of this book he had to write in order to fill inof his story before his former partner Ira Sachs released his film Keep the Lights On, which essentially is the story of their relationship told from Ira s point of view Since Ira s film goes beyond Bill s initial rehab and into their relationship post release, I think Bill felt he had to account forof his behavior that may or may not have been covered in Sach s fictional yet clearly autobiographical film I also wish that Clegg had included in his new book the reactions of people around him to his first book, not only his partner s reaction, but some of the people he met in rehab, his family, etc., to see if they confronted him over this portrayal of himself and his recovery process and whether they felt he had been completely honest But Clegg doesn t go there, which seems to be a major omission from this newest work Talk about a time when I did NOT need a good cry, but finished this book and had one anyway Bill Clegg is so talented. Description Ninety Days is the true story of Bill Clegg s recovery crack addicted to clean and sober This memoir is the follow up to his first book , Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, and begins where it left off after seventy three days of rehab.Review A raw and highly emotional look into the life of a once prominent businessman and his strenuous journey to sobriety, Ninety days is an intense, yet simply written, look into recovery from addiction It feels like I am reading Clegg s j Description Ninety Days is the true story of Bill Clegg s recovery crack addicted to clean and sober This memoir is the follow up to his first book , Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, and begins where it left off after seventy three days of rehab.Review A raw and highly emotional look into the life of a once prominent businessman and his strenuous journey to sobriety, Ninety days is an intense, yet simply written, look into recovery from addiction It feels like I am reading Clegg s journal, and the entries have a lot of impact His writing style is honest and full of poignant prose, his ordeal a glimpse into a torment of the human condition The interactions and dialogue are well written, but the sections about his relapse s are some of the most engrossing I am very moved by his story, however, I feel like Ninety Days should be read after Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, because it feels sort of incomplete alone Recommended for those who have struggled with their own addictive behaviors and or readers interested in the drug rehabilitation process also appropriate for older teens Rating Bounty s Out 3 5 I received this book from the author Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest and unbiased review Holy f ck, what a tremendously readable story of stumbling, recovery, collapse, loss, redemption, confusion, and self discovery I ve read so many books about addiction, but this one is the first to take me inside the state and the sorrow of it Bill Clegg s writing is nothing less than fearless, even as it s wrapped in his own fear This is the kind of book you don t just read, you inhale its pages Clegg s sense of pacing is superb, and he finds this wonderful balance between detailing his con Holy f ck, what a tremendously readable story of stumbling, recovery, collapse, loss, redemption, confusion, and self discovery I ve read so many books about addiction, but this one is the first to take me inside the state and the sorrow of it Bill Clegg s writing is nothing less than fearless, even as it s wrapped in his own fear This is the kind of book you don t just read, you inhale its pages Clegg s sense of pacing is superb, and he finds this wonderful balance between detailing his condition, the drugs, his friends, his losses, and gathering a larger sense of perspective on his life that s a joy to read I ve never suffered the kind of addiction he has lived with and lived through, yet the writing is so strong, so honest that it allows anyone, even an outsider like myself, to feel something of the turmoil of that state By what magic does he conjure this immediacy with a reader I don t exactly know, but I can t imagine anyone not being gripped by his writing and his story Despite my knowing Bill slightly in his pre recovery days, I never understood him nor liked him much Yet here I was reading his book, rooting for him and sharing a little of his love for his friends in the AA program the rooms , as he calls it It s powerful stuff It s meaningful and memorable and wise Get a copy and breathe it in You won t be disappointed After reading his story of going down in flames in Portrait of an Addict , I was curious to see how the recovery process went for him If you are an addict or know an addict, the path is predictable but still painful in all of the relapses, moments of personal blindness, the pain and the fury Halfway through this, I found myself itching while I think this recovery memoir can be useful to many who are new to recovery, those who are at risk of being set off by trigger memories should avoid thi After reading his story of going down in flames in Portrait of an Addict , I was curious to see how the recovery process went for him If you are an addict or know an addict, the path is predictable but still painful in all of the relapses, moments of personal blindness, the pain and the fury Halfway through this, I found myself itching while I think this recovery memoir can be useful to many who are new to recovery, those who are at risk of being set off by trigger memories should avoid this until they have some time and distance from their worst days Those who have gone through the recovery process, or who are going through it, might find this a useful book to give friends to help explain what they are going through This is not every man s tale , this is a tale, though, of many men and women Those who bob their way to rock bottom rather than hitting it once and coming back for air permanently Bill was brave in his writing, even in the face of saying things that do not endear his character to the reader It feels honest, and that is the hardest part of the recovery process facing the world in your naked truth