This River

This River

by James Brown


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Award-winning author James Brown gained a cult following after chronicling his turbulent childhood and spiraling drug addiction in The Los Angeles Diaries. This River picks up where Brown left off in his first memoir, describing his tenuous relationship with sobriety, telling of agonizing relapses, and tracking his attempts to become a better father.

This is the heartbreaking and at times uplifting tale of Brown’s battles, peeking into his former life as an addict and detailing his subsequent ascent to sobriety and fight for redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582437217
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Brown is the author of the novels, Lucky Town, Final Performance, Hot Wire and The Second Story Theatre. He’s received the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing and a Chesterfield Film Writing Fellowship from Universal/Amblin Entertainment. His writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Ploughshares and New England Review. He is the Director of the M.F.A. Program at California State University at San Bernardino.

Table of Contents

Talking to the Dead 1

Blood and Duplicity 11

Instructions on the Use of Alcohol 25

Remembering Linda 37

The Apprentice 45

This River 57

Dirty Moves 73

Some Kind of Animal 89

American Mariachi 101

Our Japan 111

Instructions on the Use of Heroin 131

Relapse 143

Acknowledgments 180

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