By James Frey
On the age of 23, James Frey awakened on a aircraft to discover his entrance the teeth knocked out and his nostril damaged. He had no thought the place the aircraft used to be headed nor any recollection of the prior weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for 3, he checked right into a therapy facility almost immediately after touchdown. There he used to be instructed he may both cease utilizing or die ahead of he reached age 24. this can be Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. <em></em>
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