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Long Past Stopping A Memoir

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ISBN-10: 0061450766

ISBN-13: 9780061450761

Edition: N/A

Authors: Oran Canfield

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From the son of Jack Canfield, creator of the bestselling self-help series Chicken Soup for the Soul, comes a wry, edgy, and often hilarious memoir about his struggle to overcome a childhood dismantled by hypocrisy and an adulthood plagued by heroin addiction.
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.76" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Prologue: In which our speaker begins to weave his yarn in a cellar full of strangers
In which our protagonist sets foot in this world, survives a nuclear meltdown, and learns the secrets of juggling from a traveling group of hippies
In which a young man is introduced to the pleasures of a dark substance, through the benevolence of a learned professor
The adventures and misdeeds of the boy and his brother on a dirt lot in New Mexico
Tells of how the young man came to be enslaved by the mighty god Chiva
Wherein the boy encounters a holographer, a born-again Christian, and his Jewish grandmother, and lives to tell about it
In which he meets a girl and accidentally exposes his terrible secret
In which the boy finds himself living among misfits, radicals, anarchists, and robots while performing daring feats with a band of clowns
In which our subject tries to escape from the powerful clutch of Chiva, and is transformed into a bull-person
Is where he gets some new clothes
Tells of a series of bad decisions, which lead to a terrible fall
In which the young boy comes upon an evil dictator, and starts a revolution
A reconstruction of confounding events, as our protagonist tries to escape the noble intentions of his friends and family
In which the boy finds himself in trouble with both sides of the law
Sees our protagonist stand his ground against a pack of fanatical well-wishers
Presents evidence that extracurricular activities lead to communism
In which the young man is caught in a torrential downpour of fecal matter and encounters pure evil in the form of a rock
In which a journey to the outlands finds our protagonist in the back of a cop car sniffing a curious white powder
By what low road he arrived at his father's house
On how he came to eat a bit of paper that is said to open minds
Recounts a daring heist from the police and a subsequent visit to the psych ward
In which he is saved from untimely death and avoids broccoli and zucchini through his own resourcefulness
Is long, but holds the reader's interest through a series of comical interludes
In which a no-handed woman learns to juggle, and a son halfheartedly bats a pillow
Shows the disastrous consequences of a walk to the store
Mostly concerns the uncomfortable topic of sex
In which a learned doctor tells our subject about the god Iboga, enemy of Chiva
In which the boy sets out to become a man, but does a terrible job of it
Chronicles the journey to a faraway isle in search of the mystical god Iboga, who reveals the identity of our subject's true nemesis to be none other than himself
Epilogue: In which our speaker brings his audience up to date
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