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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Schwartz Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 10, 2018 ISBN: 9780525627456
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A powerful, skillfully woven memoir by a writing professor who reclaimed the lost chapters of her life by researching the carnage she left behind during a year-long alcohol fueled blackout and the resulting 90-day jail sentence.

In 2014, Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in county jail for a DUI and battery of an officer of the law. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life.

Leslie served her time at the tail end of a 414-day relapse into alcohol addiction after more than a decade of sobriety. From August 4, 2013 to September 23, she remembers almost nothing--a knife incident, some arrests (but not all of them), hallucinations of giant elephants (really), visits to hospitals and rehab, and the loss of friends and jobs. The official body count, blessedly, was zero, but the damage she inflicted upon her friends, her husband and teenage daughter, and herself was nearly impossible to fathom.

When she finally surfaced, she was overcome by a certainty the only way to redeem her life was to reclaim those lost days, so she set out to cover the story of her own life, interviewing doctors, cops, family, friends, lawyers, jailers and neighbors and decoding the hospital and ambulance bills, receipts, court documents, arrest reports, surveillance video, cryptic journal entries, torn photographs, broken heirlooms, and horrible rehab art therapy.

What she discovered was that even after all that research, all the interviews, what really allowed her to understand what happened to her was her time in jail. Incarceration might have ruined her, if not for the stories that comforted her while she was locked up--both the artful tales in the books she read while there, and, more immediately, the stories of her fellow inmates. From them, she learned powerful lessons about how to banish shame, use guilt for good, level her grief, and find the lost joy and magic of her astonishing life.

Told in a narrative that alternates between the life she missed out on while blacked out and her vivid depiction of her days in jail, The Lost Chapters uncovers the nature of shame, rage, and love, and how instruments of change and redemption come from the unlikeliest of places. Download and start listening now!

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About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.