Writers On The Edge offers a range of essays, memoirs and poetry written by major contemporary authors who bring fresh insight into the dark world of addiction, from drugs and alcohol, to sex, gambling and food Editors Diana M Raab and James Brown have assembled an array of talented and courageous writers who share their stories with heartbreaking honesty as they share Writers On The Edge offers a range of essays, memoirs and poetry written by major contemporary authors who bring fresh insight into the dark world of addiction, from drugs and alcohol, to sex, gambling and food Editors Diana M Raab and James Brown have assembled an array of talented and courageous writers who share their stories with heartbreaking honesty as they share their obsessions as well as the awe inspiring power of hope and redemption CONTRIBUTORS Frederick Steven Barthelme, Kera Bolonik, Margaret Bullitt Jonas, Maud Casey, Anna David, Denise Duhamel, B.H Fairchild, Ruth Fowler, David Huddle Perie Longo, Gregory Orr, Victoria Patterson, Molly Peacock, Scott Russell Sanders, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Linda Gray Sexton, Sue William Silverman, Chase Twichell, and Rachel Yoder About the Editors Diana M Raab, an award winning memoirist and poet, is author of six books including Healing With Words and Regina s Closet She s an advocate of the healing power of writing and teaches nation wide workshops and in the UCLA Extension Writers Program James Brown, a recovering alcoholic and addict, is the author of the memoirs, The Los Angeles Diaries and This River He is Professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino From the Reflections of America Series
Writers on the Edge Writers Speak about Addiction and Dependency Writers On The Edge offers a range of essays memoirs and poetry written by major contemporary authors who bring fresh insight into the dark world of addiction from drugs and alcohol to sex gamblin
It is an important tenet of your sobriety to remember always and forever that you are marked, that there is no cure for your affliction One drink triggers the craving, and once the craving is on you re off and running next stop the dope man s house Beating the physical part of addiction is a cake walk compared to silencing that voice in your head, the one that never goes away, telling you it s okay to have a drink, a line or a pill, because you ve been clean and sober for a while Because you can [...]
If your interested in learning a little bit of what goes on the minds of those with addictions or mental health issues, Writers On The Edge is a good place to start It gives you a glimpse of many addictions and mental health afflictions You hear from the dependent or sick person, instead of from the medical professional s, clinical point of view Writers On The Edge by Diana M Raab and James Brown, editors, 2012.Although I m not a huge fan of excerpts, I really enjoyed the various author s person [...]
Diana M Raab picked the perfect title for this book In this book you will find the stories, or poems of 22 writers, who either fought addiction, or was a victim of somebody who was fighting addiction Either way it s a long journey to the end and some scars stick with you for life.These writers faced addictions in so many different ways, addiction doesn t mean only drugs and alcohol, it can be sexual, gambling, cutting, to food and so much You would be surprised just what and how easy you can be [...]
At first glance I thought this book was going to be a bit out of my ordinary reading material, however as I began reading it I realized I had read quite a few other books like this one, not all true stories as in this one, but about similar issues This book and its numerous stories did catch my attention and draw it in Some of the stories really pulled me in and I found myself intrigued and yet wondering how addiction really works How people continue to do these things to themselves, well the fa [...]
Writers On The Edge is filled with emotional and eye opening stories from people in first person First person is when they write about themselves, which is often hard to do, especially when it deals with addictions As with any addiction, one can never be 100% recovered There is going to be a little demon or often real life demon people who try to break ones strength After reading quite a few of the various authors stories, I understand how difficult it was for them to sit down and write One way [...]
Writers on the Edge 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency edited by Diana M Raab and James Brown is a collection of essays, memories, poems, and stories about addiction and dependency, but than that they are harrowing experiences of surviving with addiction and dependency and the continuous struggle that dogs these writers throughout their lives Most, if not all, of these essays are frank and honest about the vacillation between lying about an addiction and being honest about it and c [...]
This was a powerful and moving book of short stories about individuals from all walks of life telling their story of addiction I started reading and couldn t put the book down because it was a realistic perspective of how addiction affects people in different ways and the reasons behind addiction I was interested in reading this particular book because I too have struggled with addiction on a personal level in various forms throughout the course of my life and with those that were close to me I [...]
I would recommend this to anybody who has ever had to deal with an addiction of any kind, even those who were ever a part of an addicts life This book will open your eyes and really start to make some sense as to why, how, what, and who I believe we all have an addiction of some sort, and whether you want to accept how it takes a part of your life, and affects others around you, it really does Of course, not everybody has a drug addiction, neither do the people in this book I am fascinated by th [...]
Addictions come in so many varied and frightening forms, but at heart there is such a sad sameness to them There are some really strong pieces in this collection, a few of which I m going to remember for a very long time.
Painful stories, beautifully told.
A book of woes which show that in order to tell a story, one must first destroy one s self.
It s always hard to rate an anthology there are some five star contributions in this book Definitely worth reading.
Pretty goodo many addictions, sex, food, shopping, too much and a bit overwhelming Loses some impact