Friday, April 11, 2008

Horror Stories

Real, Personal, Deadly
Author David Sheff discussed his memoir Beautiful Boy: a Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction with Oprah on yesterday's (April 10) broadcast. Sheff's book started as a 2005 article for the New York Times Magazine and is now a full-length book which graces a number of national best-seller lists. Beautiful Boy tells the story of Sheff's son Nic's decent into methamphetamine addiction. Make no mistake, the book is a heartbreaking read. It is also and in all ways a wake-up call.

To learn more about the history of methamphetamine use and abuse in our country, from WWII to present, there's Frank Owen's No Speed Limit: the Highs and Lows of Meth. Owen's book, which clearly has a point of view, has been acclaimed for many reasons and reviled for many others. No weak spine here but we do understand why on both counts. We'll let you decide.