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    Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir (Hardback) By (author) Brandon Novak


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    DescriptionFollows the author's life from his skateboarding career that began when he was fourteen, to his loss of control due to addiction, and eventual recovery.

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    An Addiction Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brandon Novak
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 433 g
    ISBN 13: 9780806530031
    ISBN 10: 0806530030

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VFJK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14400
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A31904000
    BISAC V2.8: SEL013000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 363.45092
    BISAC V2.8: SPO038000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    DC22: 362.293092
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    LC classification: HV5805.N68 A3 2008
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    Illustrations note
    Citadel Press Inc.,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Citadel Press Inc.,U.S.
    Publication date
    07 November 2008
    Review text
    Pro skateboarder loses everything to drugs, sees little light at the end of the tunnel afterward.Readers will learn more about Novak's impressive skateboarding career in the '90s by reading Tony Hawk's foreword than by reading the book itself. This is an addiction memoir, and the genre's format is by now practically set in stone: modern-day opener into which rude reality intrudes, then flashback to start of life of addiction, leading up to getting clean and ultimately vindication. While Novak and co-author Frantz don't stint on the stock scenarios, they break the mold by not pretending that a junkie's chaotic life can or should be represented in such a cut-and-dried fashion. Novak begins on August 11, 2003: "I am a twenty-five-year-old junkie, sleeping in an abandoned garage in one of the worst parts of Baltimore City." By the end of that day, he has hustled money from his mother, stolen furniture and turned a trick with a man twice his age to get his fix. The narrative settles into a rhythm after the recidivist Novak is checked into detox by a sponsor of nearly limitless patience. Following that, his account only occasionally darts backward into a happier youth, when he was touring the world as part of the famous Powell Peralta team, skating with the likes of Hawk, Buck Lasek and Steve Caballero. He served as a courier for a dealer while still on the team and crawled into the depths from there. The story of his inveterate addiction is only competently delivered, with Novak and Frantz providing reams of unnatural-sounding dialogue for the totemic figures - understanding counselor, abused mother, tough guardian-angel fellow junkie - who try to halt his slide into self-destruction. The book's saving grace is the conclusion, which rejects the easy self-congratulation of too many addiction memoirs in favor of a closing memento mori.Dutifully constructed and sometimes surprising, but only occasionally insightful. (Kirkus Reviews)