Fox Cities Reads Announces 2016 Pick!
Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by best-selling author David Sheff has been selected for the 2016 one book, one community reading program. Readers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions and events leading up to the author’s visit to the Fox Cities on April 18-19, 2016. This year’s program is supported by Fox Cities Reads partner, Fox Communities Credit Union.
Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole and lived on the streets. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir told by Nic’s father and his haunting journey through his son’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.
David Sheff's books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, My Addicted Son, won an award from the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction. It led to his #1 New York Times Best Seller, Beautiful Boy, which was named the best nonfiction book of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Beautiful Boy was also an Amazon Best Book of 2008. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.
Menasha Public Library Adult Services Supervisor, Joe Bongers, believes Beautiful Boy is a compelling book that will encourage discussion on a variety of levels. “Substance abuse and addiction are serious public health issues,” states Bongers. “By raising awareness through community discussion and a personal account from someone who has been touched by this issue, we believe we can contribute to a healthier Fox Cities.” Extra copies of the book are available at local public libraries.
Fox Cities Reads is a collaborative project between the public libraries in Appleton, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, and Neenah; and the UW-Fox Valley.