Stories Animals Tell Me: 17 Stories of Animals Ben Lydecker Talked to Who Have Related Their Life Story As They "See It"


From a journalist who wrote for the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, this riveting and ultimately triumphant story is a testament to the resilience of the human body and spirit.
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From a journalist who wrote for the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, this riveting and ultimately triumphant story is a testament to the resilience of the human body and spirit.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this well-written, engrossing book, journalist Lydon--author of the important feminist essay ``The Politics of Orgasm'' and a cofounder of Rolling Stone --unflinchingly chronicles her metamorphosis from a ``normal'' young wife and mother to a degenerate junkie who engaged in every imaginable form of self-destructive behavior. After intervention, Lydon's will to live emerged and ultimately prevailed. What is extraordinary about Lydon's sadly familiar story is that she survived 25 years of massive drug use, which included heroin and crack, and lived to write about it. This book is the result of her belief that she lived so that others might benefit from her experience. The author's joy in her recovery and in her life today is infectious and may well inspire others. Recommended for public libraries.-- January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.
Kirkus Reviews
No doubt Lydon's title alludes to Home Fires, Donald Katz's 1992 study of her nuclear family as an American microcosm. And no doubt too that, as the title says, Lydon took a very long way home, through the grimiest tunnel of drug addiction—and that her terrible, wonderful story, though partly sketched by Katz, comes fully alive only in her own retelling. Lydon's been clean for seven years now, after more than two decades of slavery to the needle and the pipe, and the extensive practice she's had during her recovery in telling hard truths about herself (a 12-Steps basic) pays off here—as does her experience as a professional writer: "The past few months had been my roughest ever: I'd been raped, robbed, jilted, degraded, demoralized and hit what I thought was really the bottom, turning tricks with freaks from Mousey's." A deeper bottom was yet to come, though—quite a comedown for a nice Jewish girl from Long Island who went to Vassar on scholarship, helped edit the first issue of Rolling Stone, and got a book deal with Random House—until junk took it all away, and her little girl too, turning her into a heroin-addicted zombie- whore staggering through Manhattan's Lower East Side in search of highs. Lydon's well-detailed account of her decay is painful and shocking—but it's her recovery in the firm hands of an all-woman group in Boston that really hits hard, as, no longer bandaged by drugs, her emotions scrape and chafe until she accepts the brutal facts: of likely childhood incest, of dependence on men, of her abandonment of her daughter, of chipping away at her essence day after day for another hit of ersatz heaven. Lydon lays bare her sins, herstruggle, her soul here. It's a profoundly moving act of courage, of interest to all concerned with the best—and the worst—of the human spirit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062505507
  • Publisher: Bea Lydecker's Naturals
  • Publication date: 8/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160

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