The Other Great Depression

The Other Great Depression

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by Richard Lewis
     
 

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At the age of 44, renowned comedian Richard Lewis found himself on a gurney in the ER, toxic with alcohol, and hallucinating from excess cocaine use. The same neuroses and dysfunctions that had been the basis for his successful stage persona and inspired his best material had, it seemed, turned on him.

How he got there, how he finally got on the road to recovery

Overview

At the age of 44, renowned comedian Richard Lewis found himself on a gurney in the ER, toxic with alcohol, and hallucinating from excess cocaine use. The same neuroses and dysfunctions that had been the basis for his successful stage persona and inspired his best material had, it seemed, turned on him.

How he got there, how he finally got on the road to recovery, and how he copes with being Richard Lewis sober on a daily basis are the subjects of this very funny, deeply honest, inspiring, but very untreacly book. USA Today called it "candid and inspirational.… A journey through Lewis' personal Inferno to eventual salvation."

Editorial Reviews

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Alcoholic; sex addict; drug fiend: It's difficult to describe Richard Lewis's descent into hell in terms that the angst-ridden comic hasn't used himself. The Other Great Depression, his memoir of his rocky road to recovery, brims with the feisty articulateness that we've come to associate with the veteran self-prober. US Weekly called it "a gossipy, gutsy, spill-all that both hilarious and horrifying."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586486044
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/24/2008
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,242,106
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lewis is now appearing in the sixth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and traveling nationwide on his "Misery Loves Company Stand-up Tour." He lives in Los Angeles.

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Other Great Depression 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge stand up comedy fan and saw Mr. Lewis promote this memoir on various TV shows. Although I knew he was in recvovery for a long time, I bought the book as he has made me laugh in a profound way, many, many times since the 80's. To be frank, I expected a typial book written by a comedian and I was floored by his free-flowing, literary style style and more so by the content of this stirring memoir. He clearly has based his whole career and persona on stage from being as honest as he could be and apparently had the need to leave no secerts secret whether they were horrifying or excruciatingly funny albeit revealing. It was a quick read and a look into the soul of a tormented artist who fortunateley for fans of his comedy continues to fight all his demons with a huge sense of humor as well. After speaking to recovering alcoholic friends of mine I discovered that it gave them a lot of hope 'and laughs' to contine their sobriety. Addiction is a serious deal I yunderstand much more now as somehow Lewis knows how to connect the dots to his landmine-filled life and offer hope, laughs and great insight into thus dark world.
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