And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder

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For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control--who almost destroyed her parents' marriage and the happiness of the ...
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Overview

For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control--who almost destroyed her parents' marriage and the happiness of the rest of her family.

"Honest and moving...Her painful tale is engrossing."

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A mother's true story of her rebellious daughter's life and death.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780449911419
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 268,550
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    Finally a book that made me cry.

    This was the first book ever to make me cry, and the only one to do it more than once. It is a heartbreaking story, and on top of that completely true. 'And I don't want to live this life' is the best book I've ever read (and I've read a lot!), so don't miss it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Out of Control or Never Any Real Control

    I read this book as a teenager about fifteen years ago. It left such an indelible impression on me. When I read it as a kid I thought I completely understood what the 'teenager' Nancy was doing and going through. As a mother now, I see the other side of the spectrum. It still blows me away what Mrs. Spungen went through to try and save her child and that she loved her with the unconditional love a mother has for her child. It is an intense book and is written with a passion only a mommy losing the grip of her child can write. I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Emotional

    Pretty depressing, but gutsy protrayal of a difficult life. It did seem that the author protrayed Nancy's family as totally blameless and they may very well be, but you can't help thinking if this was all of the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Wonderful !

    This is one of my all time fav books. Very well written and heartbreaking what the Spungen family went through with Nancy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2002

    I couldn't put this book down

    Well I am only about half way through the book and I am so hooked. I feel so bad for the Spungen family due to all of the troubles that Nancy has caused. I am really interested in the story because Mrs. Spungen was willing to come out and share all this personal information on her family after Nancy's death. I would recammend this book to people.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    I enjoyed this book very much. I truly felt how hard it was to go through what they did and having a child with mental health issues, it's sad to know that the system has not changed that much in all the years that have passed. It's sad how misunderstood those with mental health issues are and how often they are mistreated because of a lack of understanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A mother's love...

    I'd only heard Nancy Spungen's name in conjunction with Sid Vicious. I always thought of them as a single entity, meant to be together. In some ways I even thought of them like Catherine and Heathcliff or Romeo and Juliet. Like them Sid and Nancy were destined for tragedy.
    But not until reading this was I capable of separating Nancy from Sid.
    And so my view of "Nauseating Nancy" changed.
    She was a very sick little girl who grew into a very sick young woman. A young woman that would never lead a normal life.
    I felt for her mother, who wanted so desperately for her daughter to be happy, healthy, and pain free. She didn't give up on her, and stuck with her until the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    If you intend to watch or have ever watched 'Sid & Nancy'

    I read this book years ago. I grew up around the corner from the Spungen's health store 'although I didn't know it at the time'. The story never really left my subconsious- for some reason I think about Mrs Spungen and what she went through all the time. I've since seen the movie and I've always tried to compare the movie to the book and it just breaks my heart every time. While I know most is fiction in the movie, knowing what Nancy's mother went through is just sad. Definitely must, must read this book- and especially must read the book if you've seen or intend to see the movie 'with Gary Oldman'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Been Waiting Forever for a New Copy

    I read this book at it initial publishing. I owned it in my collection. I reread it several times. I have recommended it several times. I only borrowed it out once. Since, I have been waiting for the opportunity to replace it and more to reread it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    stop and read this

    I enjoyed the book because it was a werd mystery that seems like you always are finding out more and more and they are throwing more things at you.This book caught my attenchen when I walked by it because the colors of the cover were intresting and the picture on the cover was not like any other book covers I have seen. My final reason I really enjoyed this book is because the story was told through the mothers eyes and how when her daughtes death changed her life forever.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    nothing like it!

    I also read this book as a teenager and every so often throughout the years have returned to my library in the attic to dig it out and read it 'one more time'. Now that I work in the emergency room at a local hospital and see some pretty ugly things there, I can only imagine how this family lived their life every day. Often society doesn't see that behind the ugly disease is a wonderful caring family who have no way of controlling thier loved ones actions. Kudos to Mrs. Spungen for laying it on the line!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    love love loved it!

    i fell in love with this book. i had to read it atleast two more times. i cried, i laughed, and i was horrified. i recomended this book to all of my freinds and almost all of them read it, and everyone who reads it loves it. my mom is not a reader so i had to explain the book to her, and once i started telling her about it she wanted to know/hear more. this is a great book for mothers & daughters to read and even for any punk rock fans out their, or any one who is interested in psychology. read this awsome book. you won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2004

    I hate to say it is the best book I've ever read, but it is.

    I read this book for the first time when I was a teenager. I enjoyed reading real life books. I am now 34 and still think of the Spungen family and what they went through. It is hard to say that a story that brought so much pain to a family was truly the best book I've ever read, but it is. I read the book so many times that the binding fell apart and I had to buy a new one. I almost feel as if I know the family personally. If a family member should read this, YOU ARE AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY! Thank you for sharing your story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    best book ever

    This is possibly the best book i have EVER read. I had never read anything like it and i couldn't put it down. I was hard to believe this really happened. Nancy lived so painfully. She only found happiness in punk rock and Sid, the 2 loves of her life. There was such irony in that the 2 things she LOVED most in the world were here LIFE, and brought her early DEATH.I WILL NEVER LOOK AT LIFE,LOVE, OR DEATH THE SAME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    Just as heart-wrenching on the 3rd read

    Amazing book that stays with you for a lifetime. It seems I am not the only one who feels compelled to read this book again and again. Deborah Spungen's no-excuses style makes it hard to put down and even harder to forget. If only someone had listened in time . . .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    One of my favorite books

    I thought I was the only one that read this book over and over again. It's good to see that Nancy's life and her family has touched us. I'm not a Sex Pistols fan at all but I think the stories that are told about them and Nancy are very interesting. Very very good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    A real lifesaver

    I READ THIS BOOK AT 13, AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE! I TOO WAS HELLBENT ON SELF-DESTRUCTION AND I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE THIS LIFE ANYMORE. AFTER READING THIS BOOK I TOOK A LONG HARD LOOK AT WHAT I WAS DOING TO MY FAMILY, NOT JUST MYSELF.I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO ASK FOR HELP AND GET MYSELF TOGETHER. THIS BOOK WAS IN A WAY A SELF HELP, I WANTED TO HURT ME, NOT MY FAMILY. THIS IS A MUST FOR TEENAGERS. LIFE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE, IT'S NEW,FAST, AND WITHOUT CARING ANYMORE, THIS BRINGS FEELINGS BACK AND A SENCE OF BEING---REAL!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Missing Pages:

    This e-book edition is missing pages,I own a copy,as it has aged thought I would get it on the nook,well...warning it is missing important segments,another E-book mess,will be getting my money back....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Jayekimberly

    I read this book a while ago. I couldnt put it down. This is one of my favorite books in the whole world while I laughed and cried I could read this book over and over. This is a must read for all....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2010

    Waiting for ebook

    Will this book ever be available for our Nook? Anxiously waiting.

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