Leaving Dirty Jersey A Crystal Meth Memoir

ISBN-10: 1416955119

ISBN-13: 9781416955115

Edition: N/A

Authors: James Salant

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With his nickname, Dirty Jersey, tattooed on the inside of his left forearm, James Salant wanted everyone to know he was a tough guy. At the age of eighteen, after one too many run-ins with the cops for drug possession, he left his upper-middle-class home in Princeton, New Jersey, for a stint at a rehab facility in Riverside, California. Instead of getting clean, he spent his year there shooting crystal meth and living as a petty criminal among not-so-petty ones until a near psychotic episode (among other things) convinced him to clean up. In stark prose infused with heartbreaking insight, wicked humor, and complete veracity, Salant provides graphic descriptions of life on crystal meth -- the incredible sex drive, the paranoia, the cravings. He details the slang, the scams, and the psychoses, and weaves them into a narrative that is breathtakingly honest and authentic. Salant grapples with his attraction to the thuggish life, eschewing easy answers -- his parents, both therapists, were loving and supportive, and his family's subtle dysfunctions typical of almost any American family. Exploring the allure and effects of the least understood drug of our time,Leaving Dirty Jerseyis that rarity among memoirs -- a compulsively readable, superbly told story that is shocking precisely because it could happen to almost anyone.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

James Salant has been clean since September 2003. After his release from a court-mandated stay at a rehabilitation programme he has lived in New Jersey, working as office manager an educational consulting firm which manages an academy for students who are experiencing difficulties, and as a floor trainer at a health club in Princeton.

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION: AN ACID-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE PART 1: SKETCHING RIVERSIDE Chapter 1. Get Straight for Life Chapter 2. Crystal Meth Chapter 3. Babysitting Megan Chapter 4. Maki Chapter 5. Wendy's Package Chapter 6. My Room Chapter 7. Brady and the House Across the Bridge Chapter 8. At the Concha Linda Chapter 9. Alone with the Bushmen Part 2: FAMILY Chapter 10. Big Manny from Fontana Chapter 11. The Visit Chapter 12. My Brother Joe Chapter 13. Feet of Clay Part 3: HITTING BOTTOM Chapter 14. Overdose Chapter 15. Grapes Chapter 16. Going Back Epilogue: Luck and Circumstance Acknowledgments
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