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Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler [NOOK Book]

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"My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Born to Lose, Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard of for gamblers (Lee's grandfather included) to lose their children to a bet. From wagering away his beloved baseball card collection as a youngster to forfeiting everything he owned at black jack tables in Las Vegas, Lee describes what gambling addiction feels like from the inside and how recovery is ...
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Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler

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Overview

"My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Born to Lose, Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard of for gamblers (Lee's grandfather included) to lose their children to a bet. From wagering away his beloved baseball card collection as a youngster to forfeiting everything he owned at black jack tables in Las Vegas, Lee describes what gambling addiction feels like from the inside and how recovery is possible through the Twelve Step program.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A gambling addiction can be as destructive and as life-altering as any other addiction, and former human resources exec and Lake Tahoe regular Lee has a story to prove it. Breezily written and compelling, Lee's book chronicles his slow descent. He starts by reminiscing about his 1950s and '60s San Francisco childhood, about the genetic aspects of such addictions (Lee's Chinese grandfather was sold as a young boy to pay off his own father's gambling debts), and about Lee's father's struggles with gambling. The author's own addictions flare up when he plays the stock market (which he persuasively describes as legalized gambling), and when he needs to escape the emotional pressures of his high-stress consulting job. After falling tens of thousands of dollars into debt, Lee finally finds the strength to attend a Gambler's Anonymous meeting, and the remainder of the book describes his difficult recovery. As a memoir of addiction, this work is hardly as lurid as some other, more popular chronicles. What sets it apart are the details about the ways in which Lee's Chinese heritage played into his addiction and healing, providing an unusual look at the issue. Agent, Susan Rabiner. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Lee has an impressive resume-he has written a previous book, Chinese Playground: A Memoir, and numerous articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and AsianWeek, in addition to working in management consulting. However, he has a major problem that undermines his many triumphs: gambling lures him toward self-destruction, and it takes many forms, from the gaming tables in Las Vegas to the thrill of the stock market. Here, Lee demonstrates that addiction is a disease even as he provides advice on recovery strategies. Gamblers Anonymous is his treatment of choice, and he articulates its tenets, all the while acknowledging the difficulty of resisting relapse. Recommended for public libraries holding books by Hazelden. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616491345
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Lee is the author of Chinese Playground. He has also written numerous articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and Asian Week. Lee is the principal of Bill Lee & Associates, a senior management and technical search firm based in California. Lee has been featured on the History Channel, A&E Network, and in national print publications.
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