More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction

More Now Again A Memoir of Addiction Elizabeth Wurtzel published her memoir of depression Prozac Nation to astonishing literary acclaim A cultural phenomenon by age twenty six she had fame money respecteverything she had always want

Elizabeth Wurtzel published her memoir of depression, Prozac Nation, to astonishing literary acclaim A cultural phenomenon by age twenty six, she had fame, money, respecteverything she had always wanted except that one, true thing happiness For all of her professional success, Wurtzel felt like a failure She had lost friends and lovers, every magazine job she d held,Elizabeth Wurtzel published her memoir of depression, Prozac Nation, to astonishing literary acclaim A cultural phenomenon by age twenty six, she had fame, money, respecteverything she had always wanted except that one, true thing happiness For all of her professional success, Wurtzel felt like a failure She had lost friends and lovers, every magazine job she d held, and way too much weight She couldn t write, and her second book was past due But when her doctor prescribed Ritalin to help her focus and boost the effects of her antidepressants Wurtzel was spared The Ritalin worked And worked The pills became her sugare sweetness in the days that have none Soon she began grinding up the Ritalin and snorting it Then came the cocaine, then Ritalin, then cocaine Then I need I always need For all of my life I have needed More, Now, Again is the brutally honest, often painful account of Wurtzel s descent into drug addiction It is also a love story How Wurtzel managed to break free of her relationship with Ritalin and learned to love life, and herself, is at the heart of this ultimately uplifting memoir that no reader will soon forget.

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  1. Brought up Jewish, Wurtzel s parents divorced when she was young As described in Prozac Nation, Wurtzel s depression began at the ages of ten to twelve She attended Ramaz for high school and was described as an over achiever by her teachers, who expected her to become a nationally famous writer While an undergraduate at Harvard College, she wrote for The Harvard Crimson and the Dallas Morning News Wurtzel also received the 1986 Rolling Stone Magazine College Journalism Award Following her graduation, Wurtzel moved to Greenwich Village in New York City and found work as pop music critic for The New Yorker and New York Magazine.

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  1. I get the impression that most of the people who hate this book have little or no experience with addiction Yes, of course, Wurtzel comes across as self destructive That s the point You think people decide one day that a drug addiction would make their life better It is really, REALLY hard to watch someone you care about make extremely bad, extremely stupid choices over and over and over Wurtzel lets you get into her head while she s making these extremely bad choices I think the idea is to give [...]

  2. Oh, it was awful and I couldn t put it down I have a certain, shall we say, affinity for memoirs about really fucked up people Wurtzel comes across as simultaneously annoying, manipulative, awful, spoiled, whiny, desperate, genuine, shallow, talented and fascinating The horror, the horror

  3. Make her stop PLEASE I picked up this book whenever I felt emotionally constipated I d read a few pages, get fed up with her incessant whining and her seemingly endless supply of self pity, let out a roar of frustration and throw the book against the wall Then I d smile and go back to doing whatever I was doing before It was cathartic in a twisted way, so I guess that s one positive thing I got out of this book I m not a cold hearted bitch, and I tried really hard to not hate this book or Ms Wur [...]

  4. Someone here on named Catherine wrote that I don t freaking give a damn that she appeared whiny and self absorbed to everyone else the nature of depression and addiction lends itself to introspection that is hard to avoid Thank you, Catherine F ing brilliant I couldn t figure out how to defend this writing that I have loved for years while at the same time admitting that it, at times, is whiny and self absorbed It may be whiny and self absorbed but it is sooooo real and captivating and gritty Wh [...]

  5. DON T FEED HER DRUG HABIT this is another indulgence memoir that give memiors a bad name she describes how she finished her earlier book, bitch, by getting high first on ritalin, and then on coke she never takes responsibility for anything, she blames the world and not herself, and I HATE HER.

  6. This is the real story of addiction This is what A Million Little Pieces failed to convey She finally learns humility and loses a sense of entitlement, and that is a growing experience that most spoiled Americans would benefit from I believe the real addiction is that of consumption As individuals we medicate ourselves with food, drugs, shopping, attention seeking behavior etc We try to replace people with things because we ve grown to distrust others and refuse to appear vulnerable Pride is our [...]

  7. I m not finished and I may be biased but I m adding my two cents anyway I see a lot of complaining about Elizabeth Wurtzel being a self indulgent, whining writer who writes too many memoirs Let me be objective in this and not take into consideration Bitch or Prozac Nation Had I never read those books I would have still fallen in love with this book Why Why even though she whines, blames others for her emotional issues, prattles on in a non linear way that doesn t seem to be exactly heading towar [...]

  8. More, Now, Again may often seem like merely arrogant, spoiled brat, stream of conscious writing, but it is also an honest and accurate account of the narcissistic, contrived and ingenuitive life of an addict drowning in psychosis and a disengaged mindoksnakereviews

  9. i had been interested in reading this for than a year, after hearing that Elizabeth Wurtzel got sober in AA after writing Prozac Nation, but I decided to buy it when I started taking Adderall Wurtzel s story begins when she is prescribed Ritalin to treat treatment resistent depression like I was, and I was very interested to read about her experience, especially because taking this new medication makes me feel a little embarrassed and nervous, as someone in recovery The good news is that, while [...]

  10. I have always had problems with people, with the whole human race Is it because I m scared to be hurt or because humans are often unfriendly, selfish and offending I try so hard to be friendly and gentle, but don t seem to get this back very often I m very sensitive, which means that little things in life count and that I think too much about random things I really wish to be relaxed and laid back Anyway, why am I telling this I have read a section in Wurtzel s book that I really liked concerni [...]

  11. Anyone who has delt with the mental health system in this country will understand the point that this book establishes pills don t make the demons go away or the depression stop It is then that too many people turn to addiction to quiet the darkness For anyone who has been troubled with addiction, weather it be personal or someone in your life, and won will see the beauty in this book shows about the resilance of a womans character when all odds are pitted against her.

  12. From the first time I read the back cover of this book, I was hooked Wurtzel s description of Ritalin as sugare sweetness in the days that have none mirrored ver batim my own experience with the drug As a recovering addict, it was impossible not to be moved by Wurtzel s brutally honest and totally real account of her experience with the true nature of addiction both the pain and the redemption Yet I wouldn t be altogether surprised if to the average reader Wurtzel is seen as a self absorbed, att [...]

  13. I loved prozac nation because I understood what she was going through and it was nice to read about someone elses problems instead of thinking of my own so I was looking forward to reading this one as well I really liked it even though I found her to be very annoying and often times I wish I could go through the book and ring her neck about the way she viewed some things but that is why i like her books so much because they make you feel even if you do not identify with what she is going through [...]

  14. Elizabeth Wurtzel made a name for herself with her depression memoir, Prozac Nation This book is a retrospective look at her struggle with addiction She was a polysubstance abuser, but she really got her start crushing and snorting ritalin Perhaps she was ahead of her time in a sense this was written 15 years ago , as prescription drugs like ritalin have become and frequently abused in the last decade What was most impressive to me about this memoir was how well she was able to capture her min [...]

  15. Let me DEFEND my wurtzel girl here kids.I think that her publishers had a lot to do with this book being a redemption story when all was said and done.Being that BITCH was such a.welld up little wander through Wurtzel s rathering refreshing Bad Girl take on the big scary F word maybe her long suffering friend agent Lydia just didn t want another nightmare book tour wurtzel missing her connection to Sweden and ending up buying expensive scarves and alchohol in Iceland instead, crashing out on the [...]

  16. Although our main character Liz , in this memoir is every bit as self absorbed and disagreeable as the Liz in that other paean to the self, Eat, Pray, Love , her humanity is front and center on every page and as a reader I was feeling what she felt and generally understanding the sometimes reasonable, sometimes ridiculous points of view she held on the book s action.This is some bravado writing, well executed and detailed to the point of obsession It is a tour of a human spirit in free fall I re [...]

  17. Lizzie Wurtzel is a successful, wealthy young woman whose first book brought her fame along with critical acclaim But Lizzie has problems, problems that only seem to go away when she gets high so Lizzie decides to try and make them stay away for good This is so honest it is almost embarrassing to read akin to publishing your diary, warts and all She is demanding, unreasonable, arrogant, loud, obnoxious, insufferable and yet somehow still loveable Her self analysis is as touching as her opinions [...]

  18. Elizabeth Wurtzel s honesty is worth praising, she brings up several things caused by her addiction that many would not even tell their therapist about She describes to us what an awful person addiction turns you into.However, most of this book is, in my personal opinion, poorly written This book could easily have been reduced by a hundred pages She gets very repetitive, she re describes her issues and past over and over again And how awful everyone is, and how awful she is A loop of misery And [...]

  19. I absolutely hated this book I finished it because I hate starting books and never finishing them I wouldn t recommend this to anyone In this book, she s whiny and blames everyone else for her problems and NEVER takes responsibility for herself and her own actions I think that s one reason why I hate the book so much It doesn t seem fitting to call it a memoir.

  20. This book kind of makes me sick The author is so self involved and fucked up and it totally sucks me in Interesting documentation on addiction, but really like a theraputic diary written and left lying out for someone to find and take pity on the author and maybe should have been kept that way I will finish it though.

  21. I m almost done with this book, and well I HATE IT It horribly written She drags ON AND ON about something little Written as though she is bragging about how her life was.Well it s been almost 7 months now since I ve started this book and well I m still in the spot I was when I wrote the first page of this review I would NOT recommend this book to ANYONE She is a HORRIBLE writter.

  22. It s hard to say what I think of this book I like it, certainly, but it s not the kind of thing that lends itself to like and good It s terrifically effective Reading Wurtzel s description of what her life of addiction was like while she wrote Bitch makes me feel like I don t want to read Bitch however good it may be I think I d spend the book pondering Wurtzel in her succession of Florida apartments, or in her publisher s office, snorting an eightball of coke a day and going out of her mind.I s [...]

  23. Prozac Nation s Elizabeth Wurtzel can write the only problem, of course, is that the writing is all about addiction, addiction, addiction, problem, problem, problem, me, me, me well, I guess I admit that it s not for everyone but I also believe the skill involved in writing something like this is actually underrated just try it, you know, just try it write about your coffee habit or cigarettes, and you ll see, it s not all that easy no creativity is although today Wurtzel looks kinda washed up p [...]

  24. Well, I ve been reading Wurtzel since the mid 90s, and she was always a hot train wreck girl I still remember her showing up on the chat show Jon Stewart had back c 1995 in a much too short skirt, all crazed eyes and bitchy funny stories And of course I was wildly entranced by the notorious cover photos for Bitch So I was expecting great things here over the top meltdown tales Alas, though far too much about addiction and not enough train wreck depravity i.e no hot over the top debauchery Justdr [...]

  25. After her last book I had no intention of ever reading anything she wrote againen she came to speak at my school a few years ago She wasn t all that impressive arrived over an hour late , seemed out of whack After about 20 min though she started talking to everyone who stuck around like we were old friends and she was no one special Very down to earth I didn t even know this book existed until that day and I decided to give her another chance I m glad I did because this book was amazing It is ra [...]

  26. I love how unapologetically difficult she is Especially when she is using, but even when she is sober, she s so smart and so selfish and so funny and so insecure, it s wonderful to watch her slowly get it, slowly wake up to her own life I wish we all could so lucidly describe our own moments of self awareness We might learn a lot from each other And ourselves.I also have a soft spot for Wurtzel because of Bitch, and secondarily because of Prozac Nation, and because of my nostalgia for the 90s I [...]

  27. I made the mistake of reading this first instead of Prozac Nation or Bitch You should probably read one of those first Nonetheless this was voyeuristically fascinating there are some insane things in here, like when she gets to the point where she s doing piles of coke practically living at her publishing company s midtown offices one of the assistants picks up her drug deliveries from the lobby When she goes to rehab it gets boring, esp if you ve already read a lot of rehab books James Frey, Au [...]

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