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By James Frey

On the age of 23, James Frey awakened on a aircraft to discover his entrance the teeth knocked out and his nostril damaged. He had no notion the place the aircraft used to be headed nor any recollection of the previous weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for 3, he checked right into a therapy facility presently after touchdown. There he used to be advised he may well both cease utilizing or die sooner than he reached age 24. this can be Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. <em></em>

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Occasionally, a peddler came through the neighborhood with his horse and wagon, seeking to stir up sales of used clothing by crying out: “I cash clothes! ” During my first few years, I seem to have been quite content, basking in lots of attention. My mother, who with my birth began her career as a housewife, breastfed me, although not without some difficulty. According to what I have been told, I would occasionally bite her in the process, leading her to wear a special device to protect her nipples from her overly assertive baby.

It’s illustrated by a story he used to enjoy telling about how as a young child I told him I had discovered a dime while digging in the dirt. ” he asked. ” he asked, a bit startled. ” To my father, who didn’t waste money, this was a great source of humor. Although my father continued to take the subway to and from work, at some point he bought a secondhand car, an old Pontiac he used to drive us on weekends to visit my grandparents and sometimes the beach. Along the way, we would harmonize on songs like our own version of “Old Beer Bottle”: There was a lonely beer bottle A-floating on the foam.

Although I could never work up much enthusiasm for Sylvia, Dottie, and Sidney, my grandmother and grandfather, Samuel and Anna Rosen, were gentler souls. On one occasion, to amuse me, my grandfather asked me if I knew how to split an apple with my hands. Instantly attentive, I responded that I didn’t. Taking an apple from the fruit bowl, he then placed it on the table, put Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941–1958 one hand down on it at a right angle, and pounded his other hand into that one! Pieces of apple flew all over the room.

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