Joseph W. Naus was living the American dream. He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night his American dream life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded.
"On Tuesday I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six figures. On Wednesday I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, charged with attempted murder...and then it got worse."
Straight Pepper Diet is a book about surviving one's own wreckage. It's harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.
©2015 Joseph W. Naus (P)2016 Joseph W. Naus
Booze, sex, addiction and breaking the law. I laughed. I cringed. I was able to think back on stupid things I've done. Nothing to this extent but still pretty stupid stuff. This is a great memoir and I really enjoyed the author narrator. He wrote his story what better person to read it right?
Nurse E. Nurse
I loved it! Surprising, amazing, inspiring, and unbelievable story! A must!! This is fantastic listen
The straight drive through this turbulent and often terrifying story. Great writing that rings astonishingly of truth.
Both his legal perspective and his keen notice of detail is very compelling.
Hope he keeps writing.
read this book. Addiction isn't just a problem of the poor and feeble minded. This book let's it all out.
Joseph's transformation from degenerate to spiritually enlightened is inspiring. He is so honest, so vulnerable and open to judgment, it's truly admirable. It doesn't matter that he'll disgust you at first because you will be able to empathize with the circumstances that led him to deplorable behavior, and you will be proud of him when he frees himself from it.
I've read other memoirs about addiction and transformation, but nothing like this. SPD made me feel a gamut of positive and negative emotions, which is what books should do.
Having the story read by the author makes him feel very real, like I was one of his friends or exes. It was great to have his voice contribute to the overall picture of the narrator. His honest thoughts in his own voice maintain the story's authenticity and, again, make him real and likable.
I expected to hate this book. I bought it because I was married to someone like Joseph and I wanted to understand him better. In the end, I don't know if it helped me with that--my ex may very well be a sociopath and Joseph is not-- but I found value in the story anyway. I would read it again and strongly recommend it if you like memoirs.
Although at times the story seemed somehow exaggerated and surreal (and it was at times unnecessarily crude and graphic), I nevertheless trusted the author throughout. He did a great read which felt honest and authentic, and it kept my interest until the very end. Well done.
Absolutely amazing story! Intriguing yet educating and overall uplifting! Makes you reevaluate your life things you may have taken for granted aswell as confronting your own addictions.
This is an amazing story. It took me a long time to get used to the author doing the reading. They should have hired someone. He is not a performance artist and actually took away from his amazing story.
I have only given one other 5 star review. But wow, what a story! Gritty, sensational, raw. Must read no doubt. Please write the 'after' part Mr. Naus a.s.a.p.
"A powerful story"
From the first minute this story had me hooked. This is an incredible journey of addiction, prison and recovery. Naus is a great narrator. Highly recommend!
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