Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

Date Tue, April 10 2012

Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

Ninety Days is the true story of literary agent Bill Clegg’s decent into drug abuse and rise back out. The theme, ninety days, focuses on the rehab practice of making it through the first 90 cleans days. Three months might seem like a short time to some, but as I read Bill’s story, it became clear that 90 days was something that almost every addict struggles with. There were many set-backs and relapses. Even when Bill thought he was safely in the clear, he wasn’t.

This story is always read and sometimes grim. There’s a darkness to Bill’s struggle that can be discomforting to some. At some points, I knew he was going to relapse but I hoped against hope that he wouldn’t. Even as he described the urges of addiction, which I’ve never felt, there was something so human about him. There were thoughts and feelings that I could identify with, wholly.

Ultimately, we see Bill grow and mature as a person, but perhaps not as much as you’d see in fiction. His life had hit rock-bottom and, as is always manages to, worked its way back up to Bill’s surprise. The book ends with a bit of a moral, as Clegg explains how he learned his sobriety depends on being surrounded by other addicts who have been through the same fight, who will always be going through that fight. Although he addresses the readers who are possibly experiencing the same struggle, I think is comes off as a bit preachy and mis-guided. I would not recommend this to any recovering addict, as it would almost certainly drive them back to their drug of choice. This is the kind of book that triggers. The end would have been fine if the author had simply wrapped up with memoir with the fact that he learned he needed other recovering addicts, and let it at that.

Clegg’s style of writing is quick and approachable, so that the book never feels tedious. This is impressive, considering the subject. It was definitely a book that I enjoyed reading, and one that is easy enough to read while you’re waiting. It doesn’t require too much concentration. In fact, if you want an engaging and epic story, this might not be the one for you.

While Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery wasn’t a perfect book, it was definitely a nice change of pace from what I normally read.

9 Responses

  1. Emmi April 19 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Now this sounds like a really great read. I might have to check it out!

  2. Grace April 19 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the honest review. I enjoyed reading your review and you seem like you gave it a fair analysis even though it was not your book of choice.

  3. Pam April 19 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    While not the subject matter I usually read, this book does sound intriguing. I applaud Mr. Clegg for approaching this subject with candor and honesty.

  4. Tori April 19 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book. I like having those easy to reads from time to time that don’t take as much brain power!!

  5. Beeb Ashcroft April 19 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to this book, I had not heard of it previously. Memoirs/nonfiction are my favorite book genre.

  6. diane April 19 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the review. SOunds like a very deep subject but a good read!

  7. daisy April 20 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I’m going to check this book out!

  8. Minta April 20 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I have never heard of this book. Might have to check it out.

  9. Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom April 22 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Sounds like a neat read!

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