Ninety Days by Zachary Lazar

80%

8 Critic Reviews

A gritty, lyrical and potent portrait of what it really means to be addicted.
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Synopsis

The goal is ninety. Just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With six weeks of his most recent rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse, and the seemingly unshakably sober Asa.

At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, NINETY DAYS begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends-and tells the wrenching story of Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.
 

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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 April 10, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 01 2012

A gritty, lyrical and potent portrait of what it really means to be addicted.

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Book Reporter

Excellent

Whatever you know about addictions, NINETY DAYS will broaden your knowledge and understanding.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Stein on Apr 15 2012

Getting to 90 days is hard work, which translates to tough reading, a mix of grandiosity and abjection.

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PopMatters

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Vola on Apr 19 2012

...this bleak meditation on human frailty serves as a much-needed reminder that as easy as it is to stumble, there will always be a pair of hands that have been bruised just as badly waiting to pull us back up and straighten us out.

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The Rumpus

Excellent
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on May 10 2012

Ninety Days pays off for writer and reader; it is worth hanging in there until the end.

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Lambda Literary

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Klein on May 08 2012

That last chapter is so powerful and so well written that I only wish it had been the beginning of the book and only gotten better from there.

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Vogue

Excellent
Reviewed by Molly Creeden on Apr 09 2012

Relationships, rather than high drama, are the real focus of Ninety Days, and as a result there is a tenderness at its heart that balances out the navel-gazing intrinsic to the genre.

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Below average
Reviewed by Cole on Apr 10 2012

While Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery wasn’t a perfect book, it was definitely a nice change of pace from what I normally read.

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