Chasing America

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Nonfiction
February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

This is perhaps not the most opportune moment to publish a memoir chronicling one’s heavy drugging and amazing recovery. Yet the general torpor of Chasing America actually helps its credibility: Any story this sluggish must be true. The author — born in Harlem and, in the ’60s, a rare black student at some fancy prep schools — was hooked on heroin at 13, kicked the habit, picked up crack a few decades later, then quit that, turning the latter experience into a Vanity Fair article, then an HBO script. Dennis Watlington intends to make a weighty statement on race, class, and popular music — hard to swallow from someone who contends that Frank Sinatra made contributions to the civil rights movement ”up there with those of the courageous folks integrating lunch counters.”

Chasing America

type
Book
Genre
Nonfiction
author
Dennis Watlington
publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
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