Memoir

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

By James Frey

On the age of 23, James Frey awakened on a airplane to discover his entrance enamel knocked out and his nostril damaged. He had no proposal the place the aircraft was once headed nor any recollection of the previous weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for 3, he checked right into a remedy facility presently after touchdown. There he used to be informed he may perhaps both cease utilizing or die ahead of he reached age 24. this is often Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. <em></em>

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Plus there’s the prebed work of taking out my contact lenses, brushing my teeth, and washing my face. But I’d made my resolution, so resolutely I headed to bed. , so in addition to getting a good night’s sleep, I had the chance to do a peaceful block of work while my family was still in bed. I’m a real know-it-all, so I was pleased when my sister called and complained of insomnia. Elizabeth is five years younger than I am, but usually I’m the one asking her for advice. “I’m not getting any sleep,” she said.

I was no more or less organized than before, but our visual chaos dropped. I’d dreaded doing the clutter clearing, because it seemed like such an enormous job, and it was an enormous job, but every time I looked around and saw the extra space and order, I registered a little jolt of energy. I was thrilled with the improved conditions in our apartment, and I kept waiting for Jamie to say, “Boy, everything looks terrific! ” But he never did. I love my gold stars, so that was disappointing, but on the other hand, he didn’t complain about lugging five hundred pounds of stuff to the thrift store.

Often this was an exhausting enough prospect to make me fall asleep. And sometimes I gave up and took an Ambien. After a week or so of more sleep, I began to feel a real difference. I felt more energetic and cheerful with my children in the morning. I didn’t feel a painful, never-fulfilled urge to take a nap in the afternoon. Getting out of bed in the morning was no longer torture; it’s so much nicer to wake up naturally instead of being jerked out of sleep by a buzzing alarm. Nevertheless, despite all the benefits, I still struggled to put myself to bed as soon as I felt sleepy.

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