Item description for Yesterday's Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations for Hard Cases by Barry Longyear...
"At last, a meditation book that shows why and, more importantly, how recovery works written in no-nonsense language by a "hard case" who's been there -- and been there, and been there."
Barry L. has been clean and sober for more than 14 years, but there was a time when his multiple trips through relapse, detox, and treatment made sobriety seem an impossibility. Now he's written a meditation book especially for "hard cases" like himself; those who struggle with the spiritual side of the program and have had a hard time staying sober. Here is blunt, bare-knuckle writing that tells it like it is.
Know a few hard cases who just don't seem to get the program? They'll benefit from this book.
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Studio: Hazelden Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.36" Width: 4.96" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 13, 1997
ISBN 1568381603 ISBN13 9781568381602
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More About Barry Longyear
In 1977, at the age of 35, Barry L. decided that, although he enjoyed being a printer, he hated customers. He then sold his printing company and went into writing full time, somewhat neglecting two areas: figuring out what to write, and figuring out how to write. He calls this the "kamikaze school of career selection." Through an admittedly fortunate series of circumstances, he learned what he needed to learn and made his first sale, the short story, The Tryouts, to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine the next year. Following that he sold numerous short works, with stories appearing in Analog, Amazing, Omni, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Twilight Zone, and non fiction pieces in Writer's Digest. His stories include the award winning novella, Enemy Mine, later made into a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. In his first year of publication he sold his first three books, Manifest Destiny, Circus World, and City of Baraboo, and a year later became the first writer to be awarded the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, and John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in the same year. In that same period he published his acclaimed how-to on writing, Science Fiction Writer's Workshop-I, as well as the sequel to Enemy Mine, The Tomorrow Testament, and the third work of his Circus World series, Elephant Song.
In December of 1981 he entered St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis for treatment for addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. This formed the basis for his novel, Saint Mary Blue, the story of a group of patients undergoing treatment at St. Mary's researched, as Barry says, "the hard way." He is very open about his recovery, and is always eager to share with anyone else who is doing it one day at a time, or cares to give it a try. Since treatment he has published Sea of Glass, Naked Came the Robot, The God Box, Infinity Hold, The Homecoming, It Came From Schenectady, and his two Alien Nation novels from Pocket, The Change and Slag Like Me. He has recently completed The Last Enemy, the third work in his acclaimed Enemy Mine series. White Wolf will be releasing a greatly expanded version of Enemy Mine: The Author's Cut, along with selections from the Drac bible, The Talman, a Drac Berlitz for travelers, and two essays: "On Alien Languages," in which he relates how not to make one up, and "Run Drac Run," the never before told tale of the writings of the Enemy series, including the making of the motion picture, Enemy Mine.
Barry was born May 12, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in New Sharon, Maine with his lovely wife Jean and his dog. His hobbies include wood carving, computer games, sailing, and especially downhill skiing, for which he will immediately drop whatever else it is that he is doing."I believe that every imaginable universe exists somewhere in the cosmos, at least while I am researching and writing a story. One of my tasks is to be as true to that universe as possible, which for me involves going to wherever/whenever, living and wandering there for a time, then reporting what I have experienced. The things that I report are those messages, ideas, and tales that alter my mind such that my view of the universe and my place in it becomes changed, bent, even twisted. It is my endeavor to take these matters and warp the reader's mind as well. Brain damage is not my quest, however. It is only a side effect. My true mission is to go to strange and wonderful places, both dark and humorous, to pursue and grasp important truths about myself, life, and the universe that for some reason are much more understandable in science fiction than they are in the here and now. It's also fun."
Reviews - What do customers think about Yesterday's Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations for Hard Cases?
great recovery book Dec 14, 2008
I love this book. I love his twisted way of looking at things. I am not in recovery (AA) but many close to me are and this book is real! Honest. accurate to the way many addicts think. I recommend this book to any one in recovery!
Barry L. rings true and keeps you laughing Jan 26, 2005
Yesterday's Tomorrow is simply great. It is not ponderous or overly impressed with itself. It cuts like a knife but leaves you laughing. A great help for this alcoholic. Jack B.
Humour filled short passages to read again and again Apr 15, 1999
Such a delight! I read this book from cover to cover and simply restarted it again immediately. Lots of smiles and good thoughts for those of us struggling with sobriety and maintaining our sense of self and humor. DEFINITELY worth reading!
Self- help for people who like to do things the hard way. Aug 24, 1998
I have recently read this book and felt it warranted a special mention .It is a really valuable departure from the usual self-help formula view of life and life's problems. Though Barry L claims authorship of this collection of inspiring meditations and advice , he also acknowledges it is more a collection of shared wisdom from many people who have entered rehab and recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviours . It is especially aimed at 'hard-cases' ,people who usually struggle to take on board advice which is good for them ,and might want it framed a bit differently than the holier than thou self-help books usual angle.Life is not all roses and never will be ,but rather than succumb to an addiction to hide from confronting your problems it gently nudges you to see you are fooling nobody but yourself . It provides a coomon sense view ,the balanced view of life ,and encourages you to discover the power to change And because it is framed differently ,it hits home as plain common sense through a collection of short reflections and meditations ,gathered from the author's experience of recovery meetings of AA,Al anon ,etc. The wisdom and advice is coming from people who have been there,and it helps create that bond of shared trust and directness ,the kind of plain practical talk that inspires and motivates,gives confidence and helps provide the courage to change what can be changed . The advice goes beyond dealing with addictive behaviours ,such as alcohol,overeating ,gambling etc ,it can help rebuild your whole relationship with yourself and with others .