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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Lemon Narrator: Nick Landru Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Critically acclaimed poet Alex Happy Lemon takes listeners on a journey of addiction, tragedy, and survival in this memoir.

With an aneurysm in his brain, Lemon becomes trapped within the wreckage of his 19-year-old, stroke-ravaged body. But as he plunges into depression and longs for death, his mom's life-affirming determination urges him to talk and walk and live again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacob | 1/5/2014

    " With epigraphs from Denis Johnson and The Tempest, I had a feeling this would be good. I am correct thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 12/28/2013

    " Raw, gritty, real. Understand you'll hate the author. If you're easily offended or insist on having a hero, don't read this memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wang | 12/22/2013

    " Happy is brutally honest and even more brutally beautiful because of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anne | 12/8/2013

    " This is a book I think Oprah's book club would love in terms of the subject matter. Alex Lemon is a student at Macalester College, playing baseball and getting drunk with his friends when he begins to suffer from seizures that require brain surgery. If this trauma weren't enough, it becomes evident that the author is also a sexual abuse survivor and has a somewhat unique relationship with his mother. In terms of writing-style, however, I'm not sure Oprah and her club would approve. Lemon is vulgar - and obsessed with drinking, drugs, and sex. In short, I suppose, he is a college male - understandably angry and frustrated given his circumstance in life. The narrative is pieced together in a fashion that is somewhat difficult to follow - I found it irritating, though I suppose it probably also reflects Lemon's own view of the world in fragments given his condition. Despite being so young, Lemon has clearly lived a full life and had much to talk about in his memoir. For me, however, the presentation left a lot more questions than it did answers, and I found it to be a promising, but ultimately unsatisfying read. "

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