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The Resource Halfway : a memoir, Tom Macher

Halfway : a memoir, Tom Macher

Label
Halfway : a memoir
Title
Halfway
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Tom Macher
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From a searing new literary voice, a raw, compulsively readable memoir about a young man seeking hope, community, and ultimately recovery from addiction in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes--the first book to so vividly capture this world. In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with AIDS, Macher turned to alcohol to escape the painful loneliness of his reality. In quick succession, he is kicked out of school, and then his mother's house, sent to a boys' home in Montana, and later, a halfway house in a truck-stop town of Louisiana. It was there that Macher encounters a community of young men struggling to survive--outcasts and thieves, liars and ex-cons, men seeking redemption, men running from the past. As he moves further away from boyhood and embraces a hard-won sobriety, these men--the broken, the hardscrabble, the near gone--become his salvation. Macher captures the trials of sobriety--suicide, death, recovery--and the unusual beauty that forms in the bonds of those who suffer. In visceral, striking prose, he introduces the unforgettable characters he meets along the way, from a former child actor, a young teen struggling with schizophrenia, a tough-love addiction counselor, a sex-addicted social worker, to Matt O, who became Macher's loyal friend and wingman. Raw, disarming, frenetic, and subversive, Halfway is a brutally honest portrait of the world of down-and-out recovering alcoholics, and a story of how, in their darkest hour, these men create the bonds that form a family"--
Summary
A first book by a young addict describes the painful family dynamics that compelled him to escape into alcohol, a choice that got him kicked out of school and his home before he embarked on a recovery effort in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes, where he encountered a diverse community of young men who were struggling with respective demons in order to survive
Tone
Writing style
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10619865
Cataloging source
PNX
Dewey number
  • 362.292092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV5293.M153
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Halfway : a memoir, Tom Macher
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5904238
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781501112607
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017049581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1020496835
Label
Halfway : a memoir, Tom Macher
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5904238
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781501112607
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017049581
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1020496835

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