New PDF release: A Life in Smoke: A Memoir

By Julia Hansen

ISBN-10: 0743289587

ISBN-13: 9780743289580

ISBN-10: 0743289595

ISBN-13: 9780743289597

"I approved the understanding of my premature demise with gallows humor and a calculator. i would learn someplace that every cigarette you smoke knocks seven mins off it slow on the earth. To amuse myself, I did the maths: 153,000 cigarettes = years of my existence, up in smoke."

Julia Hansen first lit up at nineteen. 20 years later, she was once enhancing books approximately health and wellbeing -- and smoking a pack or an afternoon. She denied her son speedy nutrients, yet smoked in the home and vehicle; curtailed his games, yet lit up at his football fits. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to give up, she regularly crawled again to her cherished menthol lighting. Smoking had turn into a metaphorical chain round her neck, shackling her to an early demise.

Haunted through a nightmarish imaginative and prescient of her destiny -- her son at her deathbed, begging her to not go away him -- Hansen devised a drastic surrender strategy. She got a 72-foot size of chain that used to be "unwieldy as a corpse" and locked herself to a radiator in her eating room. What undefined: seven days of cold-turkey distress, comedian absurdity, and revelation as Hansen stepped from in the back of her wall of smoke to stand her habit to nicotine -- and a few painful truths.

Clanking round her residence like Marley's ghost, white-knuckling cravings, and suffering to appreciate tobacco's unyielding grip on her, Hansen faced her existence in smoke: fractured relationships, lifelong battles with alcohol and melancholy, and a profound feel of vacancy. On day 1, the chain was once her habit to nicotine, every one hyperlink a narrative approximately cigarettes and self-loathing. by means of day 7, it had published its ringing, damn fact -- that each smoker has a narrative, and it usually facilities on clinging to a convenience which can kill you. finally, Hansen's tale used to be painfully uncomplicated: She smoked to outlive her existence. after which, to reserve it, she surrender.

Fierce and humorous, sincere and totally soaking up, A lifestyles in Smoke is Julia Hansen's evocative and encouraging account of the intense measures she took to stop smoking -- decidedly no longer steered by means of the clinical profession.

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