“The book doesn’t end in a neat, tidy box,” said Schenker. “This is where I am today. My family keeps me sane. They keep me in the moment. When I held my daughter for the first time this year, I thought to myself, ‘I want to be there for you.’”
His long climb out of addiction isn’t quite over yet, but he is already a huge success. Just don’t call his memoir an advice book.
“I’m no expert. But you look around — half the people I knew are dead, in jail, or otherwise still using,” he said. “If someone can read that book, and if it pushes them over the edge to get their lives together, then that’s great. I was 27 years old when I miraculously got two stars from the New York Times, and a few years before that, I was a junkie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a junkie, but now it’s about food and cooking.”
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