When writer Barnaby Conrad checked into the Center, he knew time was running out for him. Now he brings us a riveting account of the 30 days that changed, and saved, his life and an intimate look into the secrets of the most famous drug and alcohol treatment center in the world.
©1992 Barnaby Conrad; (P) Blackstone Audiobooks
"Conrad is a skilled writer, and Christopher Lane conveys the details of his sophisticated professional and social lives, rife with authors, artists, and actors....Conrad's attempt to confront the truth of his experience and provide a cautionary tale succeeds in this production." (AudioFile)
humility is too. I don't know him as a celebrity which seems to be required to appreciate this book. Meh.
Who'd have thought that Betty Ford personally inspected the clinic on a regular basis and got upset when the clinic wasn't cleaned by the patients or that they didn't coddle superstars? Great story of a '60's jet-setting author who enters reluctantly and eventually completes his stay. We don't learn what drove him to alcoholism but the poignant stories of those who didn't complete their stay reminds us of the grip that alcohol has over some and how it can destroy their life and affect their loved ones.
I must have read a different book than the other reviewers. I almost did not read it based on them. I did not find it gossipy at all. I thought it was an interesting memoir about Barnaby's experience. Also, as someone who has no addiction to alcohol, it shed some light on alcoholism that I did not know.
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