In My Skin: A Memoir of Addictionby Kate Holden
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This is the frank, harrowing, and true story of one young woman’s descent into addiction and prostitution, and the long arduous struggle to reclaim her life. A shy, bookish college graduate, a nice girl from a solid middle-class home but uncertain of her way in life, Kate Holden tried her first hit of heroin as a one-time experiment—an adventure with friends—but the drug took over. Hooked, she lost her job and her apartment, and she stole from her family.
Desperation drove her onto the streets, where she became “Lucy,” offering her body for cash to the first car to stop, risking arrest and, worse, the human predators—anything for her next fix. With her name on the police blotter, she eventually left the streets and offered her services to a high-class brothel. There she discovered hidden strengths, as well as parts of herself that frightened her.
Throughout, however hurt and dismayed, her family never abandoned her, and their acceptance and unyielding love helped her defeat the drug and leave her netherworld behind. In taut, devastating prose, Kate Holden recounts her journey with an emotional honesty and genuineness that will leave no reader untouched.
chilling memoir of addiction that needs no embellishment.”
. . . Holden has an ear for rhythm and language. . . . Lyrical. ”
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Meet the Author
Kate Holden was born in 1972 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with an honors degree in classics and literature.
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Slow book and mostly about her prostitution and the sex that goes with it....not very graphic either hopefully my next book will be most gritty and fast pased
This book was interesting and well written, but not what I was expecting. It should have been called A Memoir of Prostitution, not A Memoir of Addiction. Also, as revealing as the author is, she really just skims the surface. I get the feeling that Ms. Holden is proud to have been a prostitute and a heroin addict. She's willing to talk about those two things, but not the deeper aspects of the life she lead. I wonder if she has never acknowledged her feeling about the life she lived or if she just isn't sharing them with her readers. When I read a memoir, I always feel ripped off and unsatisfied when the author holds back. If you're going to write a memoir and expect people to pay for it, you should be prepared to talk about everything, not just the things you're proud of. Also, I didn't see her grow as a person. It seems like she just quit the drugs and prostitution because it didn't do it for her anymore. She doesn't seem to feel much remorse for how her behavior affected others. Maybe she just didn't want to talk about it. But she just comes across as self-centered and shallow.