• A Life in Smoke : A Memoir  (ExLib) by Julia Hansen
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"I accepted the certainty of my untimely death with gallows humor and a calculator. I'd read somewhere that each cigarette you smoke knocks seven minutes off your time on the planet. To amuse myself, I did the math: 153,000 cigarettes = two years of my life, up in smoke." Julia Hansen first lit up at nineteen. Twenty years later, she was editing books about health -- and smoking a pack or two a day. She denied her son fast food, but smoked in the house and car; curtailed his video games, but lit up at his soccer matches. Despite repeated attempts to quit, she always crawled back to her beloved menthol lights. Smoking had become a metaphorical chain around her neck, shackling her to an early death.Haunted by a nightmarish vision of her future -- her son at her deathbed, begging her not to leave him -- Hansen devised a drastic quit method. She bought a 72-foot length of chain that was "unwieldy as a corpse" and locked herself to a radiator in her dining room. What followed: seven days of cold-turkey misery, comic absurdity, and revelation as Hansen stepped from behind her wall of smoke to face her addiction to nicotine -- and some painful truths.Clanking around her house like Marley's ghost, white-knuckling cravings, and struggling to understand tobacco's unyielding grip on her, Hansen confronted her life in smoke: fractured relationships, lifelong battles with alcohol and depression, and a profound sense of emptiness. On day 1, the chain was her addiction to nicotine, each link a story about cigarettes and self-loathing. By day 7, it had revealed its ringing, rattling truth -- that every smoker has a story, and it always centers on clinging to a comfort that can kill you. In the end, Hansen's story was painfully simple: She smoked to survive her life. And then, to save it, she quit.Fierce and funny, honest and utterly absorbing,A Life in Smokeis Julia Hansen's evocative and inspiring account of the extreme measures she took to quit smoking -- decidedly not recommended by the medical profession.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0743289587
ISBN-13 9780743289580
Product ID (ePID) 53573017
Key Details
Author Julia Hansen
Number Of Pages 304 pages
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2006-11-07
Language English
Publisher Free Press
Publication Year 2006
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2006
Weight 13.9 Oz
Height 1 In.
Width 5.5 In.
Length 8.4 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Classification Method
LCCN 2006-043744
LC Classification Number HV5731.5.H36A3 2006
Dewey Decimal 616.86/50092 B
Dewey Edition 22
Table Of Content
Contents Prologue Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Epilogue Acknowledgments
"A memoir worth reading requires brutal honesty and a voice that grips from the start. Julia Hansen delivers both in a book that explains precisely how addiction takes hold and refuses to -- ever -- let go."-- Amy Wilensky, author ofThe Weight of ItandPassing for Normal "Julia Hansen's vivid account of her love affair with nicotine is intoxicating. She knows her menthols like a lover, perhaps better, and brilliantly translates the enigma of addiction in this brave and exacting memoir."-- Betsy Lerner, author ofFood and Loathing "Reader, beware: not only has Julia Hansen chronicled her final frontier of chemical addictions in a manner you'll stay up all night to finish, but she has penetrated the smoke screens we use to separate us from the terrors of loving and being loved.A Life in Smokewill knock the breath out of you, making you treasure every fight with your dearest, every unwanted piece of advice from your mother, and every peanut butter hug you'll ever get."-- Frances Kuffel, author ofPassing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding Myself

A Life in Smoke : A Memoirby Julia HansenA copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.

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A Life in Smoke : A Memoir (ExLib) by Julia Hansen

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