The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown
A Memoir

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Plagued by the suicides of both his siblings, and heir to alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and economic ruin, James Brown lived a life clouded by addiction, broken promises, and despair.

In The Los Angeles Diaries, he reveals his struggle for survival, mining his past to present the inspiring story of his redemption. Beautifully written and limned with dark humor, these twelve deeply confessional, interconnected chapters address personal failure, heartbreak, the trials of writing for Hollywood, and the life-shattering events that finally convinced Brown that he must “change or die.”

In “Snapshot,” Brown is five years old and recalls the night his mother “sets fire to an apartment building down the street.” In “Daisy,” Brown purchases a Vietnamese potbellied pig for his wife to atone for his sins, only to find the pig’s bulk growing in direct proportion to the tensions in his marriage.

Harrowing and brutally honest, The Los Angeles Diaries is the chronicle of a man on a collision course with life, who ultimately finds the strength and courage to conquer his demons and believe once more.

 

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James Brown is professor of political science, Southern Methodist University. His doctoral degree in political science is from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has written extensively on national security policy and civil-military relations in Greece and Turkey, and his work has appeared in "Armed Forces and Society; Air University Review; "the "International Journal of Public Administration; Polity, "etc. Professor Brown is associate chairman of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and a fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.
 
Published March 10, 2011 by Counterpoint. 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Brown knows the puissance of the present tense, effectively uses the second person (in the essay on his sister), crafts some heart-breaking sentences, and generally makes you want simultaneously to slap and embrace him.

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