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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mackenzie Phillips Narrator: Mackenzie Phillips Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781442303676
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Former One Day at a Time television star Mackenzie Phillips reveals her shocking, moving story of growing up in a legendary rock-and-roll family, battling personal demons, and finally, finding true redemption and peace.

The eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household, where a typical evening might include rolling joints for her dad or fending off advances by Mick Jagger. Far from idyllic, she describes her parents’ home as “dirty and broken” with “very little going on inside except sex, drugs, and rock and roll.”

But in spite of the turmoil at home, Mackenzie found success onscreen, becoming famous at age fourteen for her role in the iconic film American Graffiti, which landed her a starring role as Julie Cooper on the hit sitcom One Day at a Time alongside America’s sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli. Even though she seemed to have it all, Mackenzie couldn’t escape the dark secrets and constant drug use at home and began to use herself. Her professional life suffered and she was written out of the show. For the next two decades she battled her drug addiction, going through rehab several times, and managing to stay clean for ten years, until Labor Day 2008, when she landed back in the tabloids for possession of cocaine and heroin at LAX. What led to her relapse is a shocking, life-long secret that she’ll reveal in-depth for the first time here, in High on Arrival .

Riveting, heart-wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, Mackenzie’s story is an all-too-real testament to the power of drugs—but it’s also a story of courage, forgiveness, and true redemption. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • I felt many things while reading this book -- which I did in one overnight sitting -- but when I reached the last page I felt only one: a tremendous respect for its author and a deep appreciation of just exactly how courageous she is to publish this book.
    This is no celebrity addiction memoir. And it is no 'former child star falls from grace' saga, either. It is the heart-wrenching and perilous story that thousands and thousands of perfectly ordinary women and men lived themselves, silently, numbly, and with obedience and love. By making her search for redemption public -- despite the inevitable backlash -- Mackenzie Phillips may very well help others find it for themselves.
    Rich with compassion, forgiveness, and wisdom, this is a brave memoir executed with an unwavering loyalty and commitment to truth.
    Augusten Burroughs

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Extremelywitty | 2/17/2014

    " best strung out celebrity reading ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanda Carlsen | 1/25/2014

    " Great book! Its always good to see someone overcome addiction and trauma. i hope she continues her path to recovery "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janine | 1/23/2014

    " UGH! This book sucked! Enough said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ton Kresken | 1/21/2014

    " It's fascinating as Well as sad and tortured. Read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/18/2014

    " Book was good. I read it fairly quickly. It is surprising that Mackenzie is still alive today after all of the partying and drug abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeane | 1/15/2014

    " Whoaaa...druggie. Talk about missed opportunities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Phillips | 1/12/2014

    " Was a little disturbing, but an easy read. You can't help but feel for Mackenzie and the life she was subjected to. I thought my childhood was tough until I read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 12/4/2013

    " I'm slumming, I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Thind | 10/25/2013

    " Easy read. Trashy. But nonetheless, a helluva book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading | 8/2/2013

    " Frank - I felt for her - as opposed to her dad (& his book) - oy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 6/24/2013

    " WOW! Holy train wreck that keeps you wanting more and more. You just keep wondering what on earth could possibly happen next. Mackenzie Phillips certainly lived a wild and colorful life. It's really amazing that she has lived has long as she has. Very interesting and worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 6/7/2013

    " I knew she had a hard life but this was disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sign Guy | 8/13/2012

    " This was a tremendous story. Who knew Mackenzie was as messed up as she was? It was a cliffhanger in such that you couldn't wait to see how much lower she'd sink. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Huenink | 6/18/2012

    " How "Mack" survived her drug-filled life is a miracle. Pretty shocking indictment of her father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 1/19/2012

    " All I can say is that I had some daddy issues but no way does it compare. This is sad story but a very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danthony74 | 9/18/2011

    " I don't know what I think about this book. I am amazed that she survived the many years of drug abuse and I am glad that she is now clean and sober. I hope that she will be able to maintain that status. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Lindsay | 8/11/2011

    " This book was fantastic. Mackenzie Phillips wrote a tragic memoir yet full of hope, forgiveness, and empathy, even for her musical genius father, who was amoral and criminally self-indulgent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley Strom | 6/1/2011

    " I liked this book. Interesting story about her life as the daughter of John Phillips from the Mamas and Papas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 5/20/2011

    " I found the book poorly written. Her writing jumps all over the place. At times I felt like I was reading jumbled thoughts. Despite this, it was an interesting story. I do hope she makes it through the rest of her life sober. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/20/2011

    " WOW, hard to believe that people actually live/lived like this. Glad my family was "normal". Ha "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 5/13/2011

    " She isn't a good author as she jumps around A LOT, but it was interesting to read. Hard to believe she is still alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/1/2011

    " SO glad I'm not rich and famous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/27/2011

    " I love Mackenzie Phillips after reading this. It gives you a glimpse into a whole other world. So interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 4/25/2011

    " A journey through a childhood where unlimited wealth meets complete lack of personal restraint. I think I have my final candidate for "worst parent in the history of the world". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/11/2011

    " Was a little disturbing, but an easy read. You can't help but feel for Mackenzie and the life she was subjected to. I thought my childhood was tough until I read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzie | 4/4/2011

    " needed some mindless reading, this sure covers it. Holy crap what a disaster. Like watching a train wreck. She spared nothing and seemed to have miraculously come out the other side a whole person. Her fortitude is nothing short of staggering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 3/23/2011

    " One things for sure, Mack certainly lead a crazy and sad life. She was a hardcore drug user that learned most of her behavior from her father. For me, this book started out fine, but soon I got sick of reading about a coke and heroin addicts drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 3/15/2011

    " can't help hoping that she remians clean and sober "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/7/2011

    " Really good and a little disturbing. "

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About the Author
Author Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 60s band The Mamas and The Papas. She starred as Julie Cooper Horvath on the sitcom One Day at a Time.