By Dave Itzkoff
With sharp wit, self-deprecating humor, and penetrating honesty, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff turns a prepared eye on his lifestyles with the mysterious, maddening, much-loved guy of whom he writes, "for the 1st 8 years of my lifestyles I appear to have believed he was once the made of my imagination."
Itzkoff's father used to be the guy who lumbered domestic at evening and spent hours murmuring to his small son approximately his goals and hopes for the boy's destiny, and the fears and screw ups of his personal earlier. He was once the hard-nosed ny fur service provider with an without notice emotional soul; a purveyor of well-worn anecdotes and bittersweet existence classes; a relied on best friend in early life revolts opposed to motherly self-discipline and Hebrew institution drudgery; a chum, consultant, and confidant. He used to be additionally a junkie. In Cocaine's Son, Itzkoff chronicles his coming of age within the disjointed shadow of his father's double life--struggling to reconcile his love for the garrulous protector and supplier, and his loathing for the pitiful addict.
Through his adolescent and teenage years Itzkoff is haunted via the spectacle of his father's drug-fueled depressions and disappearances. In collage, Itzkoff plunges into his personal probably fated bout with substance abuse. And later, an emotional remedy consultation leads to the serious sure bet that he'll by no means triumph over an analogous demons that experience pushed the older guy. but if his father ultimately will get fresh, a protracted "morning after" starts off for them either. And on a highway journey around the kingdom and again into reminiscence, looking for clues and revelations, jointly they observe that there's extra binding them than ever separated them.
Unsparing and heartbreaking, mordantly humorous and powerfully felt, Cocaine's Son clears a spot for Dave Itzkoff within the vanguard of up to date memoirists.
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