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Scottish He d been working as a successful commercial photographer in the States for 18 years when he got busted for possession So after serving time in Rikers for possession instead of being released he was whisked away by immigration where he wasn t given a lawyer and it took weeks to ven see a judge He writes wasn t given a lawyer and it took weeks to Helpmate even see a judge He writes the book that a mass murderer who is a US citizen has infinitely rights than an immigrantven one with a green card He writes that several of the people there had
Families Here And Only here and only the United States They didn t know a single person from their country of origin where they d be flown back to with no money or possessions for minor crimes Like the Gulf War veteran who got into a bar fight defending Bush for declaring war This happened in 2010 under the Obama administration I cannot begin to imagine the hell of Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy even documented immigrants today Graham was incredibly lucky in some ways because he speaks English and could afford an immigration lawyer and he had Susan a trained journalistxhaustively fighting for him outside the prison walls This is a fast read about a sad topic For reviews please visit I found reading Chancers mesmerizing despite the niggling voices at the back of my mind as I read it Chancers is a two person memoir written by Susan Stellin and Graham MacIndoe Susan is a journalist and Graham is Scottish and a photographer living in New York They had a relatively brief relationship approximately 10 years ago which nded badly when Susan discovered that Graham was a crack and heroin addict and a consummate liar as addicts often a I ve read several memoirs about addiction but what makes Chancers different is that it alternates between the viewpoints of the addict Graham Macindoe and his girlfriend Susan Stellin Stellin a reporter met Macindoe a photographer in Montauk NY but it was nearly three years later when she asked him to photograph her professionally for the travel book she had just written Several months later the two reconnect and begin an almost accidental relationship However Graham is hiding from Susan that he is addicted to heroin A talented photographer he soon gets to the point that he s not working at all At first supportive Susan finally withdraws from the day to day challenges of trying to cure an addict yet she remains always on the fringe of his life Finally hitting rock bottom Graham is arrested for possession and sent to Rikers Island where he serves his time Macindoe born in Scotland and not yet a naturalized citizen learns that his conviction for a drug offense makes him subject to deportation Through a stroke of luck Susan re nters Macindoe s life just when he needs it the most This is a fascinating story of addiction and the lengths that people will go to to help one another The alternating viewpoints is an ffective way of letting the reader see the story from both sides It is an honest account of how ugly addiction can be both for the addict and those who love himher On another note If you re so inclined Mr Mcindoe took pictures of himself in the throes of addiction and those photos are available online Thanks to the authors the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book I loved it and will recommend it as a book of 2016 I won this book
As A Giveaway Ona giveaway on and I m so happy that I finally got the chance to finish it I am a recovering alcoholic so I love any memoir type book about alcoholismaddiction I love how this book gives the perspective of both Graham and Susan Both viewpoints are so important with this disease because the addicts perception is SO skewed when they are in the disease We don t realize what we are putting other people through and this is a great xample of that I really liked this book a lot and I plan on recommending it to my friends Admire the authors courage in telling this difficult story and how open and honest they were A he saidshe said alternating chapters but not opposing views of the same story just different perspectives of the same story The story does belong to both of them and the reader really benefits from their having chosen this approach The writing style seems to reflect her influence as a journalist very informative this happened and then this happened and then this happened Nothing wrong with that it s probably a lot like my own memoir would sound not flowery and creative writing y like memoirs often are. Ide from brownstone Brooklyn to a prison cell his gut wrenching Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead efforts to get clean and his fight to avoid gettingxiled far away from his son and the life he built over twenty years Beautifully written brutally honest yet filled with suspense and hope Chancers will resonate with anyone who has been touched by the heartache of addiction the nightmare of incarceration or the tough choice of leaving or staying with someone who is struggling on the road to recovery By sharing their story Susan and Graham show the value of talking about topics many of us are too scared to address. ,
35I m greedy for juice and *A MEMOIR ABOUT ADDICTION SHOULD HAVE *memoir about addiction should have We have prison juice and junkie juice yum But then we also have a Girl Scout trying to arn her humanitarian badge which is pretty damn juiceless no matter how you slice itThis book is uniue and clever it s a two person memoir with alternating chapters for ach The Scottish photographer druggie Graham tells his story and the journalist rescuer Susan tells hers I loved the somewhat suspenseful beginning Secrets and lies hopefulness and innocence the pull of addiction different realities But the big middle where the two of them are not involved sagged for me I found myself bored very time it was Susan s turn And although Graham s story was way interesting drugs and prison oh yes I m thinking must have been too stoned out to remember much because he talks without a lot of have been too stoned out to remember much because he talks without a lot of leads me to the voice Susan s reporter chops were on full display here and that s both good and bad The good part is that the writing is damn smooth damn fine and it s conversational and not pretentious The bad part is that there isn t much motion if you re reporting facts you usually have to filter out the feelings so that you stay credible The problem here is we re talking about a relationship where juice should abound we re talking about the ugliness of addiction we re talking about prison we re talking about juice all over the place But in this book No juice But to make matters worse Susan writes Graham s story for him so we get pure Reporter Susan voice I get it She s the writer so she is in charge She wants it to be a smooth read But for me it didn t feel right to have him talking away in the same tone as her I know they struggled with this problem In the Silvers Edge endearingpilogue which I absolutely loved partly because it talked about their collaborative writing process Susan said Graham would complain But that doesn t sound like me So I should just look at it as her helping him tell his story not putting words in his mouth Call me weird but I loved how Graham described a time when he shot up It was so vivid and detailed I felt like I was peeking out from the closet as he prepared the needle shot up and then went to heaven Way creepy I don t think I would have made a good junkie when they do a blood draw I have to close my yes tight and still look away Little details like seeing dots of blood from his needles on his bills really added to the sad picture of what his life had becomeThe parts I liked best were the prison scenes I ve read a lot of books about addiction but I haven t read about a junkie in jail A whole new world to me and it grabbed me Graham s fascinating recounting of his months long stints in prison had just the right amount of detail and horror to keep me riveted All of the intense bureaucratic and unfair shit he had to go through made me cringe Reading this definitely pressed my Injustice button I m feeling a little mean here but really Susan is just too goody two shoes for me And yes what she does for Graham wins her the humanitarian award of the year but still I felt like she was way too perfect and way too braggy and I don t think she really understands addiction She s so damn sueaky clean I want to go get drunk and smoke cigarettes view spoilerDon t get me wrong she DID or less save his life and Graham was so damn lucky to have her as his crusader If I were in Graham s position I sure as hell would want an angelic Susan on my team I have to remember how impressive it was that little miss fixer got his ass out of jail Seriously without her whole different story whole different continent hide spoiler While I appreciate a memoir on addiction that shows it can target anyone regardless of class or social standing this one didn t fully grab me Graham is a photographer Susan a journalist Susan has left their relationship due to Graham s using but re nters his life years later when she discovers he is in serious trouble Her decision to help against all odds is the focus of this bookThe vents are told in alternating voices between Graham and Susan but often felt as if one person was doing the telling for both Maybe this is due to Susan s profession but I just didn t feel the anguish in Graham s voice While I was all for Susan coming to Graham s aid there was just something I couldn t wrap my brain around With all her ideas to fix Graham did she neve. In this powerful dual memoir a reporter and a photographer tell their gripping story of falling in love the heroin habit that drove them apart and the unlikely way a criminal conviction brought them back together When Susan Stellin asked Graham MacIndoe to shoot her author photo for an upcoming travel book she barely knew him xcept for a few weekends with mutual friends at a summer house in Montauk He was a gregarious divorced Scotsman who had recently gotten sober; she was an independent New Yorker who decided to take a chance on a rough around the dges guy But their relatio. .
R once research what addiction is She believes Graham needs to look at his childhood traumas or unresolved causes leading to addiction Unfortunately addiction is a disease not a moral issue or something caused by childhood trauma I know I ve done a little ranting but all in all this is not a bad read The idea to help an addict is one that many think is pointless yet there are so many who want help and find it unavailable How many could be saved if not only people but our government gave a shit This sure gave me a hard look at the US Justice system and for that alone this one is well worth the read Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy One couple s memoir of their relationship that survived the brutal grip of addiction Chancers Addiction Prison Recovery Love recalled by author Susan Stellin and Scottish American photographer Graham MacIndoe Truly a heartwarming story of the redemption and power of love to triumph over the harshest conditions and adversitiesThis unlikely couple reconnected through a photo shoot several years after meeting through mutual friends Despite Graham being twice divorced this didn t set off alarm bells Graham shared so openly with Susan there were xplanations Graham was the father of a teenage son Neither one had Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America ever felt that deep profound connection with anyonelse before After a whirlwind trip to Hawaii Susan discovered Graham s drug paraphernalia hidden behind a bathroom mirror How could this have happened Susan would uest I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway from Bdreads Thanks so much for the opportunity to read this amazing book It s probably not a book I would pick out to read but once I started I found it very hard to put down This is a powerful dual memoir a reporter and a photographer from NY who tell their gripping story of falling in love the heroin habit that drove them apart and the unlikely way a criminal conviction brought them back together You can t help but become involved in their struggleIn alternately chapters Susan and Graham offer two perspectives on a relationship that Autobiography and Other Writings endures against long odds Graham s account from the ravages of addiction to the chain ofvents that led to his arrest and imprisonment at Rikers is mind bending and heart wrenching Graham gives a stark riveting description of his slide from owning a brownstone in Brooklyn to a prison cell his gut wrenching fforts to get clean and his fight to avoid getting
EXILED FAR AWAY FROM HIS SONfar away from his son the life he built here in the US for over twenty years A lot of what he wrote about prison life and the system was an ye opener for me Susan also struggles as she tries to distance herself from Graham and then she decides to follow her instincts to try and help himThis is a beautifully written and brutally honest book and my thanks go out to both of them for writing this remarkable memoir Highly recommend When googgling his name I ran across a site of some of the photos he took from a timed camera during his addiction I do hope that some of his photos are made into a book I loved the font used for the printing of this book ARC via netgalleyOne of the best biographies I have Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. ever read Gut wrenching and real Full review to come I ve long been appalled andmbarrassed that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world primarily because of the ridiculous and losing war on drugs According to one source we make up 44 percent of the world s population and 22 percent of the incarceration rate It s unbelievably xpensive to tax payers to maintain this but we do get to xploit free labor after all For xample the forest fires in Southern California are fought by real firefighters who get paid and low level drugalcohol offenders meaning they have a problem with substance abuse but are not violent make up the rest of the wildfire firefighting teamThis book is written from the perspective of a journalist who fell in love with a photographer Susan knew that Graham had been to rehab and uit drinking It took her longer to realize that while he gave up alcohol he took up crack and heroinThis is partially a true story about loving someone with an unhealthy relationship to illegal drugs but it s also about how our prison system treats people with addiction issues Mainly they don t treat them for the problem but punish them for having it It s also about how cruel our immigration system is Graham is. Nship was soon tested when Susan discovered that Graham still had a drug habit he was hiding From their harrowing portrayal of the ravages of addiction to the stunning chain of vents that led to Graham’s arrest and imprisonment at Rikers Island Chancers unfolds in alternating chapters that offer two perspectives on a relationship that ultimately ndures against long odds Susan follows Graham down the rabbit hole of the American criminal justice system determined to keep him from becoming another casualty of the war on drugs Graham gives a stark riveting description of his sl.