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on Jan. 07, 2013 :
How dare she!! How dare Louisa P expose all those skeletons I had so carefully hidden for all those years? Her honesty about her sex life, her secret passions, and her toxic, destructive behavior during the parts of her life when she was most sick awakened similar memories in me that I had not thought about for a long, long time. She reminded me of secret loves and lusts that I had 50 years ago, of passions and practices that I had buried. But there was something therapeutic about this process as well, and I now, somehow, feel better, knowing I am not the only one who went through what I went through.
Products of expensive, Ivy League educations, driven to excellence by families of overachievers, she and I shared so many experiences growing up, then going through the horrors of our physical and mental illnesses of our twenties and early thirties, often drunk and disorderly, nearly always facing the despair which inevitably followed our excesses of toxic passion. And yes, we climbed the highest mountains, enjoyed the company of beautiful people, tasted the ecstasy of romance in far off places, only to be dashed to the dirt by our still more powerful, destructive demons.
Louisa’s book about her own spiritual evolution was a great tonic for me as I recalled my own experience, strength, and hope. Her journey in sobriety still takes her to places of hope, love, and despair, and she reminds us there is a solution. By recounting her own near death experience and the 14 Weird Things that brought her from atheism to a belief in a higher power, she has strengthened my own belief in God and all things awesome!! Thanks for publishing your autobiography, Louisa P. I love you for it, and for just being you. Great literature leaves us better than we were before we read it, and your book is in that category for me. I feel changed, in a good way, and I can now go out into the world with a new sense of purpose, a stronger acceptance and unconditional love for all.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 29, 2012 :
I couldn't put this book down. From the start it draws you in to Louisa's world and mind, and I was always intrigued as to what would happen next. The stark difference between the person she was and the person who she has worked hard to become today- is truly emblamatic of what working a 12 step program, and learning/acting out what service to others can do for those struggling and are self absorbed. I learned some good ideas about how to combat my own 'contempt prior to investiagation' and find inspiration through her candid experience.
The only reason I didn't put down 5 stars is I reserve my highest rating for my favorite books of all time- which tend to be historical fiction.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)