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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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Leslie Schwartz's powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence

In 2014, award-winning novelist 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, 2014, she remembers almost nothing--a knife incident, some arrests (but not all of them), 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.

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. With classics like Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome to contemporary accounts like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Schwartz's reading list is woven together with visceral recollections of her daily humiliations faced in the prison system. Through the stories of others--whether rendered on the page or whispered in a jail cell-- 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 vivid, unforgettable prose, 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.