Cocaine's Son: A Memoir by Dave Itzkoff

By Dave Itzkoff

With sharp wit, self-deprecating humor, and penetrating honesty, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff turns a willing eye on his lifestyles with the mysterious, maddening, much-loved guy of whom he writes, "for the 1st 8 years of my lifestyles I appear to have believed he used to be the made from my imagination."

Itzkoff's father was once the fellow who lumbered domestic at evening and spent hours murmuring to his small son approximately his desires and hopes for the boy's destiny, and the fears and screw ups of his personal previous. He used to be the hard-nosed long island fur service provider with an all of sudden emotional soul; a purveyor of well-worn anecdotes and bittersweet existence classes; a relied on best friend in early life revolts opposed to motherly self-discipline and Hebrew tuition drudgery; a pal, consultant, and confidant. He was once additionally a junkie. In Cocaine's Son, Itzkoff chronicles his coming of age within the disjointed shadow of his father's double life--struggling to reconcile his love for the garrulous protector and supplier, and his loathing for the pitiful addict.

Through his adolescent and teenage years Itzkoff is haunted via the spectacle of his father's drug-fueled depressions and disappearances. In university, Itzkoff plunges into his personal doubtless fated bout with substance abuse. And later, an emotional treatment consultation leads to the serious walk in the park that he'll by no means conquer an identical demons that experience pushed the older guy. but if his father ultimately will get fresh, an extended "morning after" starts off for them either. And on a highway journey around the state and again into reminiscence, looking for clues and revelations, jointly they become aware of that there's extra binding them than ever separated them.

Unsparing and heartbreaking, mordantly humorous and powerfully felt, Cocaine's Son clears a spot for Dave Itzkoff within the vanguard of up to date memoirists.

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37 Du Pont's letter shows why armies are not always reliable in civil wars.  Young was already a major commanding the cavalry in Cobb's (Georgia) Legion, where some of the men in his command were twice his age and had distinguished careers.  Adair was dismissed on December 29, 1861, as a deserter. "2 As examples, it is not surprising that he mentions Custer and John Pelham, who conspicuously remained fearless and on horseback under the heaviest fire. '"3 Rosser was referring to John Pelham, but his remark could also have been said of himself or of friends such as Custer.

I saw it strike fairly upon the side of the house, and the smoke and dust that followed told of its excellent work.  Lovejoy made his appearance. " I yelled, now furious. 37 Du Pont's letter shows why armies are not always reliable in civil wars.  Young was already a major commanding the cavalry in Cobb's (Georgia) Legion, where some of the men in his command were twice his age and had distinguished careers.  Adair was dismissed on December 29, 1861, as a deserter. "2 As examples, it is not surprising that he mentions Custer and John Pelham, who conspicuously remained fearless and on horseback under the heaviest fire.

His roommate at West Point, Tom Rosser, called Pelham the mildest man he ever knew out of a fight and the fiercest in one.

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