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The Adderall Diaries

A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder

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Description

In this groundbreaking memoir, Stephen Elliott pursues parallel investigations: a gripping account of a notorious San Francisco murder trial, and an electric exploration of the self. Destined to be a classic, The Adderall Diaries was described by The Washington Post as "a serious literary work designed to make you see the world as you've never quite seen it before."

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 2009 – As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant's friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser's wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas. Elliott is an undeniably good writer, but his voice has more to do with amphetamines than the author himself or the trial at hand. Elliott's frustration with himself is contagious; any readers expecting a true crime will be bewildered, and those familiar with Elliott (My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up) will find more (or less) of the same.

Customer Reviews

Great memoir and true crime story

This is the best bit of nonfiction writing I've read since Dave Egger's "Zeitoun". It's half strikingly honest memoir, and half straightforward journalism (but the best kind of journalism. The well-researched long-form journalism that you actually want to read). I just recently finished this book and am already tempted to read it again.

A Rambling Read

Although it was interesting in the beginning, I don't think I can make it past page 100... Too much rambling on and on about nothing really. I feel like saying, "okay, I get it, you're depressed and your wiring is screwed up without Adderall, but what are you going to do about it?!"

I feel like this book is going nowhere. Don't bother reading it.

Don't waste your time

Stupidest book I've ever read

The Adderall Diaries
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 01, 2009
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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