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Wasted: A Memoir [Hardcover]

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A former drug addict describes the brutal abuse that marked his childhood, the early introduction to alcohol and hard drugs that cost him his education, and his experiences with homelessness and imprisonment before he found the strength to recover.

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Mark Johnson's father had "love" tattooed across his left hand, but that didn't stop the beatings. The Johnson children would turn up to school battered and bruised, but no one ever investigated their home life. Mark just slipped through the cracks and kept on falling. For years.
Brought up in a home simmering with dark secrets, Mark began stealing at the age of six, was drinking by the age of eight, and took his first hit of heroin when he was eleven. A sensitive and intelligent boy, art college beckoned, but he ended up in a violent prison instead. With searing honesty, Wasted documents Mark's spiraling descent into the very depths of addiction and criminality. Hooked on heroin and crack, homeless on the streets of London with a price on his head, no one - least of all Mark - believed he would ever survive, never mind recover.
And yet he somehow found the strength to pull himself back from the precipice while also helping other recovering addicts. His story is at once horrifying and inspirational - a heartbreaking account of one man's struggle to save himself, and help save others in the process.

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Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.24 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 26, 2008
Publisher   Pegasus
ISBN  1933648821  
ISBN13  9781933648828  

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Mark Johnson currently resides in the state of California. Mark Johnson was born in 1947.

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1Books > Bargain Books
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Recovery > Substance Abuse
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Child Abuse

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A solemn but ultimately optimistic tale  Jul 14, 2008
A life of horrors that no one should have to suffer. "Wasted: A Childhood Stolen, An Innocence Betrayed, A Life Redeemed" is the memoir of one Mark Johnson, who faced sexual and physical abuse from the age of four, and became an alcoholic by age eight, a junkie by age eleven, and a prison inmate by age eighteen. With such a nightmarish first two decades of life, trying to dig himself out of such a deep hole would seem nearly impossible, but Johnson managed to turn his life around. A solemn but ultimately optimistic tale, highly recommended for community library memoir collections.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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