Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
A Memoir

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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.

What is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life--and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern--not its cause--can be traced to the past.

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is an utterly compelling narrative--lyrical, irresistible, harsh, honest, and beautifully written--from which you simply cannot look away.
 

About Bill Clegg

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Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is his first book.
 
Published May 20, 2010 by Back Bay Books. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A memoir of addiction to crack cocaine by the literary agent Bill Clegg.

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The New York Times

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A New York literary agent’s account of his disastrous surrender to crack rings true in blunt, brutal strokes.

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Publishers Weekly

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Clegg, a literary agent with William Morris Endeavor, tells the story of a two-month crack binge in which he smoked away his literary agency partnership, his $70,000 bank account, 40 pounds (he's forever cutting new holes in his belt to cinch it to his wasting frame), and his relationship with hi...

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Examiner

In a city filled with 8 million people it is easy to lose your way, feel isolated and alone, or doubt your abilities, something that famed literary agent, Bill Clegg discusses in his new memoir, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, which chronicles his quick spiral downward and his pension for d...

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The Globe and Mail

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Bill Clegg's drug memoir is unforgettable, but other recovering addicts might find it cuts too close to the bone

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Bookmarks Magazine

While the New York Times Book Review and the Times considered the book tedious and clichéd, their comments appeared to be directed more toward the genre as a whole, whose repetitive descriptions of substance abuse are "amply familiar to anyone who has ever watched a single episode of Behind the M...

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Metro

So you know before even opening Bill Clegg’s book about his descent into crack hell that everything will turn out fine.

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Chicago Tribune

Bill Clegg is proof, if any were needed, that you never can tell what demons lurk behind a polished façade.

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