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The Resource Cocaine's Son

Cocaine's Son

Label
Cocaine's Son
Title
Cocaine's Son
Statement of responsibility
Dave Itzkoff
Title variation
Cocaines son
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
With sharp wit, self-deprecating humor, and penetrating honesty, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff turns a keen eye on his life with the mysterious, maddening, much-loved man of whom he writes, "for the first eight years of my life I seem to have believed he was the product of my imagination." Itzkoff's father was the man who lumbered home at night and spent hours murmuring to his small son about his dreams and hopes for the boy's future, and the fears and failures of his own past. He was the hard-nosed New York fur merchant with an unexpectedly emotional soul; a purveyor of well-worn anecdotes and bittersweet life lessons; a trusted ally in childhood revolts against motherly discipline and Hebrew school drudgery; a friend, advisor, and confidant. He was also a junkie. In Cocaine's Son, Itzkoff chronicles his coming of age in the disjointed shadow of his father's double life—struggling to reconcile his love for the garrulous protector and provider, and his loathing for the pitiful addict. Through his adolescent and teen years Itzkoff is haunted by the spectacle of his father's drug-fueled depressions and disappearances. In college, Itzkoff plunges into his own seemingly fated bout with substance abuse. And later, an emotional therapy session ends in the intense certainty that he will never overcome the same demons that have driven the older man. But when his father finally gets clean, a long "morning after" begins for them both. And on a road trip across the country and back into memory, in search of clues and revelations, together they discover that there may be more binding them than ever separated them.Unsparing and heartbreaking, mordantly funny and powerfully felt, Cocaine's Son clears a place for Dave Itzkoff in the forefront of contemporary memoirists
Summary
Growing up, David understood his father to be a trusted ally and confidant--a man who always had some hard-won wisdom to share. But he was also a junkie. As David grew older, he fell into the same trap, until he and his father hit the road in search of their "morning after."
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381231
Cataloging source
BT
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Itzkoff, Dave
Dewey number
920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Self-Improvement
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Cocaine's Son
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:b9577687-d80b-4139-9290-44f577d32627
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780345524393
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Cocaine's Son
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:b9577687-d80b-4139-9290-44f577d32627
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780345524393
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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