Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F.

Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F.


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Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F. by Christiane F

In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists, and over time they helped to turn her story—which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood—into an acclaimed bestseller. Christiane F.’s rapid descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is shocking, but the boredom, the longing for acceptance, the thrilling risks, and even the musical obsessions that fill out the rest of Christiane’s existence will be familiar to every reader. Christiane F.’s Berlin is a strange and often terrifying place, but it’s also a place that remains closer than we might think….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936976225
Publisher: Zest
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Series: True Stories Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 320,434
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Christiane F. is a former heroin addict famous for her contribution in this autobiographical book, and the film based on the book.

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Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F. 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! Id say for ages 13+ just to be sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Granted, it wasn't something that I couldn't put down but I was always wondering what was going to happen next and always hopeful that she would get out of her situation. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
Well-written, but I'm not sure if that is because of the author or the translator. The story was not my type of story, but I can see how it would appeal to someone else. Personally, I just found it depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir is translated from the German publication in 1979, and has become a modern classic. The story of Christiane Felscherinow is part of Zest Books new line of literary memoirs – “True Stories’ – with remembrances from her difficult life as a teen in Germany. The title comes from the popular and notorious Zoo Subway Station in Berlin where illegal activities flourished in this divided city. This story chronicles her struggle with heroin addiction in West Berlin during the 1970s. Revelations about her life during that era show drug addiction and degradation of prostitution to support her drug habit. Although over three decades have passed since this difficult struggle, her experiences are still relevant and this story is a cautionary tale to teens world-wide as they face the perils of drug addiction. A section of black and white photographs of people and places in West Berlin in the 1970s supplement the text. Back matter provides resources for intervention with drug and alcohol abuse, homeliness and runaway situations, suicidal thoughts, social, health, rape, and abuse. This is a compelling story, but it is not recommended for readers younger than high school age.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
It's a great book about drug abuse, I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet. I would also recommend this book to anyone who's thinking about trying heroine - it's power to control your life is described so good, that after you're finished reading the book you'll never think again about using it. What I learned from this book is that there are three major compulsive behaviors exhibited by meth addicts: tweaking, rooting and sketching. I also learned that, pathos aside, meth can be as funny as crack. I found this book really interesting. It's a first person account of addiction and the author doesn't hold back. She puts it all in there, the shocking, the embarrassing, the inspirational, all of it. I was given this book from Zest Books.
SylviaZ More than 1 year ago
Great true story of a lost girl experimenting with drugs. Give a great feel of style of the old Berlin back in the 80's.