Monday, July 28, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #255] The Life of Benoît

This edition of The Life of Shaun has been preempted to bring you the following.  It's not every day a friend of mine gets a book published, so I thought I'd spread the word.


Shaun Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Benoît
Date: 2008/7/17
Subject: Update on my book, America Anonymous

Hi All,

I just wanted to give you an update on America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in
Search of a Life, my book about addiction in this country.

It will be published Jan. 6 by Simon & Schuster. That month, I
will be going on a ten-city book tour—Boston, New York City, San Francisco,
Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Fort Lauderdale. If you
live in or near one of those cities, I hope you can make a reading. I should
know the schedule in the next couple of months and will be creating a web site,, that will list the dates and times.

America Anonymous tells the story of eight men and women from around the country in
various stages of recovery. For neearly three years, I followed a crack-addicted
grandmother, a college student hooked on sex and pornography, a radio DJ in
recovery from food addiction, a bodybuilder psychologically dependent on
steroids, an alcoholic retiree, a former boxer addicted to heroin, a housewife who can't
stop shoplifting, and a gambling addiction counselor addicted to, in his own
words, "virtually everything."

I also tell the story of my recovery from sexual addiction and explore
addiction and recovery as a whole in this country. In the book's introduction, I
write, "While untreated addiction triggers and exacerbates many of our country's
most pressing problems, we seem uninterested in tackling it—or even talking
honestly, intelligently, or compassionately about it… But effectively combating
addiction would require more than a complete rethinking of our failed drug
policies. It would necessitate nothing short of a radical shift of
consciousness. As we find more and more ways to entertain ourselves—and as
obsessively search for new and innovative ways to escape the reality of the
present moment and make ourselves feel 'better'—we've created a schizophrenic
culture where nothing is ever enough, where stillness is equated with boredom, and where we need increasingly intense experiences just to feel alive."

If you would like to pre-order the book at a discount, it is now available on

Thank-you so much for all of your support.


Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Contributing Writer, NY Times Magazine

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