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Beamish Boy (I am not my story): A Memoir of…
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Beamish Boy (I am not my story): A Memoir of Recovery and Awakening

by Albert Desilver

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“. . .A beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying!”
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“. . .a fascinating, poetic memoir. . .”
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0966943090, Paperback)

Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. "I was raised in a clock tower with bats in the belfry." So begins, BEAMISH BOY, the harrowing account of Albert Flynn DeSilver's inspirational journey from suicidal alcoholic to Poet Laureate and beyond. Filled with a luminous cast of characters, and told with searing honesty and ironic wit, BEAMISH BOY is a redemptive story of survival and letting go, as we follow Albert from one zany adventure and near-death experience to the next. He is run over by his best friend after blacking out in a driveway, contracts malaria in east Africa, and joins a psychedelic "therapy"cult, until he miraculously finds himself, through photography, poetry, and a hilarious awakening at a meditation retreat center, realizing finally, what it means to be fully alive and to truly love.

"A beautifully written memoir...poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying!"—Kirkus

"...a fascinating, poetic memoir..."—ForeWord Reviews

"Albert Flynn DeSilver's extraordinary story of second chances is about cultivating a creative life of joy and generosity out of the ashes of fear, doubt, and trauma."—Marci Shimoff

"Sometimes we have to go to the darkest depths before we see the light. BEAMISH BOY is the inspiring true story that shows a journey of pain and self-destruction can lead to discovering that the peace and joy we yearned for, is in us all along."—James Baraz

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:03 -0400)

*A NOTE REGARDING PRICE: Proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to Literacy, Recovery, and Mindfulness education programs!] "I was raised in a clock tower with bats in the belfry." So begins, "Beamish Boy," the harrowing account of Albert Flynn DeSilver's inspirational journey from suicidal alcoholic to Poet Laureate and beyond. Though growing up in material privilege in suburban Connecticut in the 1970's and 80's, Albert finds himself whirling through an emotional wasteland void of love, complicated by his mostly absent alcoholic mother, while being raised by a violent Swiss-German governess. A dramatic downgrade in lifestyle right at adolescence inspires a hasty attraction to alcohol, drugs, and a series of increasingly shocking adventures. Filled with a luminous cast of characters, and told with searing honesty and ironic wit, "Beamish Boy" is a redemptive story of survival and letting go, as we follow Albert from one zany adventure and near-death experience to the next. He is run over by his best friend after blacking out in a driveway, contracts malaria in east Africa, and joins a psychedelic "therapy" cult, until he miraculously finds himself, through photography, poetry, and a hilarious awakening at a meditation retreat center, realizing finally, what it means to be fully alive and to truly love. "Beamish Boy" charts a compelling spiritual journey, from violence and self-annihilation to creativity and self-realization. Not your typical addiction memoir, "Beamish Boy" reads more like a witty and poetic novel, offering a profound window into the human condition, complete with its tragedies and ecstasies -- illuminating one man's quest for lasting wisdom.… (more)

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