Secret Life by Michael Ryan
An Autobiography

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A candid but dispassionate memoir presents the experiences of a man who came of age in the 1950s and endured a lifelong struggle as a molested child, son of an alcoholic, and sexual deviant. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

About Michael Ryan

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Ryan has been honored by the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. He is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of California, Irvine.
 
Published July 14, 1997 by Random House Value Publishing. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Ryan jumps from his student days to 1981, when he lost a job at Princeton for sleeping with students, and then another decade, when he finally comes to terms with being a ``sex addict'' who has completely depersonalized the sexual act.

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Ryan (God Hunger), from a devout Catholic family, was sexually molested at age five by a 23-year-old neighbor and, like many such victims, blamed himself primarily and his parents secondarily. His you

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Poet Ryan's sexual confession spans from when he was molested at the age of five to his own free-fall into obsessive sexual behavior.

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Ryan (God Hunger), from a devout Catholic family, was sexually molested at age five by a 23-year-old neighbor and, like many such victims, blamed himself primarily and his parents secondarily.

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London Review of Books

By virtue of its core subject-matter – the consequences of Ryan’s sexual molestation when he was five and what he terms his subsequent ‘sexual addiction’ as an adult – it raises the ante enormously in the matter of sexual revelation and explicitness.

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