Ninety Days

Ninety Days

A Memoir of Recovery

Book - 2012
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The goal is ninety. Just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With six weeks of his most recent rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse, and the seemingly unshakably sober Asa.

At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, NINETY DAYS begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends-and tells the wrenching story of Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316122528
Branch Call Number: 362.29092 CLEGG
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 22 cm

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Pygmy_G Jun 03, 2015

This was one of the first memoirs of recovery I read. Gripping, easy to identify with, and written with elegant simplicity, it created a false expectation that all such memoirs would be as good. I quickly followed Ninety Days with Clegg's first memoir, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, a harrowing story. That, too, was good, but I prefer this one, because of its emphasis on early recovery. It brought back some very beautiful memories. I strongly recommend this to anyone in recovery, no matter the substance.

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jtkretzschmar
Oct 03, 2013

An interesting read; Clegg himself is an excellent writer, for me though, the book was a little short, and would be better suited for someone who was/is and addict. His honesty and spirit make the book great, and a better account than most I have read in the past.

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May 21, 2012

This will be of interest to anyone with a self-destructive compulsion, whether it is hard drugs, or just binge eating. Clegg manages to give a factual, but absorbing account of his struggles with sobriety, without being either self-pitying or self- exculpatory.

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