Leaving Wayne: A Story About Overcoming Trauma, Poverty, and Addiction While Growing up in a Time of Radical Change

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iUniverse, Oct 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages

When author Danny Clune was seven years old, he experienced a traumatic accident that changed the course of his lifeIt left a hole in his life that he would spend a lifetime repairing. In Leaving Wayne, Clune tells his coming-of-age story that takes place in rural New York State and northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1950s and 60s.

This colorful memoir narrates the struggles of surviving shame, poverty, abuse, and succeeding in an era that went from party phone lines to cell phones, from 45s to MP3s, and from sock hops to mosh pits. Leaving Wayne tells of Clunes childhood in a family with seven children; his struggles with addiction; his recovery; his stints as an English teacher, chef, and restaurateur in Upstate New York; his work abroad with mental health services; and the ways that 9/11 affected his life and his profession.

Throughout this story, Clune shows how the grit of rural life conflicted with the influences of prosperity and modernity that gradually overtook him and molded him into the person he became.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
4
Chapter 3
7
Chapter 4
12
Chapter 5
15
Chapter 6
19
Chapter 7
25
Chapter 8
31
Chapter 16
96
Chapter 17
104
Chapter 18
108
Chapter 19
113
Chapter 20
122
Chapter 21
128
Chapter 22
139
Chapter 23
142

Chapter 9
37
Chapter 10
46
Chapter 11
54
Chapter 12
61
Chapter 13
71
Chapter 14
83
Chapter 15
89
Chapter 24
146
Chapter 25
152
Chapter 26
159
Chapter 27
163
Chapter 28
172
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About the author (2012)

DANNY CLUNE is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions specialist; he has traveled and worked in China, Pakistan, Malaysia, Th ailand, Peru, and Brazil training health care professionals in mental health and addictions treatment practices. Daniel Clune is an administrator for a major mental health treatment company and has a private practice in Portland, Oregon

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