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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Clegg Narrator: Bill Clegg Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The goal is ninety. Just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With six weeks of his most recent rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse, and the seemingly unshakably sober Asa.

At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, NINETY DAYS begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends-and tells the wrenching story Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning. Download and start listening now!


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  • “An often-vivid testament to the difficulties of overcoming addiction and the value of companionship.”


  • “Brutally honest…Clegg follows his gut-wrenching Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man with an equally stark tale of the hard and ongoing work of recovering from addiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Clegg’s spare, nearly minimalist style complements the drama inherent in his material: it’s addition through subtraction…Clegg draws the reader into his claustrophobic existence. His distance from both his character and the world short-circuits the addiction memoir tendency toward melodrama. When specific details do seep in—selling his mother’s silver, a drug-fueled threesome—the impact is powerful. With understated craft, Clegg has written a harrowing story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A memoir about how difficult it is to achieve and maintain sobriety, and Clegg’s ultimate realization that it cannot be accomplished on one’s own…His heartfelt, passionate revelations will directly touch the hearts of readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author writes with astonishing honesty, infusing the intensely interior narrative with powerful imagery and penetrating insights…At turns cautionary and inspirational, Clegg’s saga embraces both the weaknesses and strengths of human nature, while only alluding to the possibility of salvation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dave Ward | 2/19/2014

    " Ninety days: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg (Little, Brown & Co. 2012)(Biography)is a purposely drab memoir of addiction, relapse, relapse, relapse, ...and recovery. This book emphasizes the "keep coming back" portion of the Twelve Steps and what sponsors are for. My rating: 3/10, finished 1/14/13. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine Dover Stetson | 2/13/2014

    " I finally understand what 90 in 90 means. Bill does a really good job of showing how precarious recovery is and what it means to constantly be starting over at Day 1. This is also a book about friendship and finding the right fit and having people who don't give up on you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi Marleau | 2/8/2014

    " Good book about recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaclyn | 2/4/2014

    " Bill Clegg's book, Ninety Days, is a continuation of his struggle with addiction that we first were introduced to in Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. As in his first book, Clegg does an excellent job of taking the reader along on his journey through his worst days and into the present as he works to maintain his sobriety each day. The narrative voice was so strong that I felt connected to him through all of his highs and lows. I wanted to scream at him to go turn around as he makes his way to his dealer's door for his first relapse after leaving rehab. The people he meets in "the rooms" were so vividly drawn that I immediately found myself hoping and praying for their well-being as the story progressed. At various points I was sad, ecstatic, disappointed and relieved. One can't ask for much more from an author than to make them feel every emotion and in this way, Bill Clegg succeeds. "

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