ಭ Free  Format Kindle Read ᘆ In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction  ಹ ePUB By Kate Holden ೧ ಭ Free Format Kindle Read ᘆ In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction ಹ ePUB By Kate Holden ೧ What happens when a bright, well loved young woman gets hooked on heroin and turns to prostitution to keep up her habit Hopefully, she eventually shakes free, as Australian Holden does, but most likely a lot goes wrong first In this vivid and riveting account of her own sudden fall and slow recovery, Holden describes the slow pull toward heroin as her friends and her lover are hooked Mild, almost bored temptation turns into obsession after she gives it a try As the drug and the life compromises it encourages take over Holden s universe, she loses her job and rarely sees her family and clean friends Eventually, desperate for cash for the daily fixes for herself and her inept boyfriend, she starts turning tricks on the street When, one night, a john turns out to be a scout for temps at a brothel, Holden s story turns The relative stability of the brothel, and the accompanying relationships with sister prostitutes and even some johns, revives Holden s sense of self and self worth Throughout, she tells it like it is Her depictions of the dark realities she lived through are at times graphic, especially in some of the difficult scenes with johns, but always clear eyed She lets the readers seeand judgethe situation for themselves Nov Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.Starred Review In this breathtakingly candid memoir, Holden, a middle class Australian with an honors degree in classics, recounts her years weathering the emotional storm of heroin addiction She retraces her fall, from her first hit of the drug done as a lark with some friends to months spent so strung out that she stole from her family and the bookstore where she had worked for several years Heroin, she writes, was a scaly green lizard wrapped tight around my mind, blinking its cold eyes at me, blinding me Ever desperate to finance her next fix, Holden turned tricks on the streets of St Kilda, Australia, then spent time in a series of high class brothels, an experience she found alternately harrowing and empowering Heroin, she says, alters the body and psyche from the moment it bubbles through one s veins After her first session as a prostitute, she writes The thought that I had perhaps just done something momentous slipped off me as smoothly as the needle glided in What is most unnerving about Holden s account is the way in which she and fellow addicts relapsed after long stretches of being clean Holden lavishly praises her family, who remained supportive through the most trying of times Achingly honest but not for the squeamish Allison Block Copyright American Library Association All rights reserved In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction

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