The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder

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ReadHowYouWant.com, May 1, 2010 - 284 pages
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In the spring of 2007, a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, he proclaims his innocence. The case takes a twist when Nina's former lover, and Hans's former best friend, Sean Sturgeon, confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard of.At the time of Sturgeon's confession, Stephen Elliot is paralyzed by writer's block, in the thrall of Adderall dependency, and despondent over the state of his romantic life. But he is fascinated by Sturgeon, whose path he has often crossed in San Francisco's underground S&M scene. What kind of person, he wonders, confesses to a murder he likely did not commit? One answer is, perhaps, a man like Elliott's own father.So begins a riveting journey through a neon landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex. Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley tech boom and the dawn of Paris Hilton's celebrity, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self. Tough, tender, and unflinchingly honest, it is the breakout book by one of the most daring writers of his generation.
 

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

Can you have a memoir without judgment? More importantly, what is a person without self-judgment like? Stephen Elliott answers the first two questions to the best of his ability, and it turns out that ... Read full review

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

Harrowing journey through the author's brutal and painful history and the marks that has left on his present life while covering a murder case that leads even further into the dark side. There are ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
3
CHAPTER 2
27
CHAPTER 3
49
CHAPTER 4
67
CHAPTER 5
85
CHAPTER 6
108
CHAPTER 7
134
CHAPTER 8
155
CHAPTER 9
178
CHAPTER 10
217
EPILOGUE
251
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