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

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

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by Deborah Spungen
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 rest of her family.

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

WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD


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ISBN-13:
9780307807434
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/12/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
408
File size:
4 MB

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time fav books. Very well written and heartbreaking what the Spungen family went through with Nancy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Yani_Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Will this book ever be available for our Nook? Anxiously waiting.
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Samantha-Ladii More than 1 year ago
I readed this book, and this book made me realized how much suffer she had. I cried several times when I read this book. This book made me to addicted to keep read it again again and again! This girl really very bravest and I would like to applaud her!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.