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Love Junkie: A Memoir
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Rachel Resnick is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick. She has published articles, essays, and celebrity profile cover stories nationally in the Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, Women's Health, and BlackBook. She is a contributing editor at Tin House magazine. Her essays and stories have appeared in What Was I Thinking?, Stricken, The Time of My Life, Damage Control, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, The Best American Erotica 2004, Women on the Edge, L.A. Shorts, and Absolute Disaster. She is also the founder and CEO of Writers On Fire, provider of luxury writing retreats both here and abroad.

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Everyone makes mistakes in love, but thirtysomething LA-based writer Resnick (Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick) seems to screw up over and over again, even though she longs for a stable relationship and a child. As her memoir attests, this "love junkie" latches onto angry, emotionally abusive men damaged in childhood, not letting go until she's been horribly degraded. Readers get all the lurid details, in Technicolor, via overwrought descriptions that often resemble low-budget porno narratives. At least she's taken steps toward recovery (she claims she picked up her bad habits from her divorced parents). While this could have been helpful to other love and sex addicts, it seems aimed at the voyeuristic.-EB Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

In her raw account of love gone wrong, L.A. journalist Resnick (Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick) describes her descent into self-debasement. Resnick's lifelong attraction to unsuitable men--unavailable, abusive and emotionally damaged--hit a perilous stage by the time she reached her early 40s and her last boyfriend, Spencer, who had seemed the "perfect victim to make [her] dreams come true," broke into her house and wrecked her computer. Alternating with her litany of awful relationships--from the scarily egotistical ex-con painter Eddie to the various men who refused to have a baby with her--Resnick delineates her appalling, loveless childhood and the neglect by her hard-drinking mother, who lost custody of her and her younger brother when Resnick was 12. Subsequently, the teenager bounced around foster homes because she was not welcome in the new household of her father, remarried to an Orthodox Jew with four new children of his own. Resnick's memoir is a desperate, self-excoriating attempt to break the victim cycle first taught to her expertly by her mother, "the original love junkie"; engender a tenderness for her rather indifferent father; and mend the estrangement from her brother. Most important in terms of survival in this painfully honest memoir, Resnick found the wherewithal through a support group to heal and reground herself. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Heartbreaking and brave, Rachel Resnick masterfully pulls the past to the present, exploring how the seeds of addiction planted during a sad girlhood can blossom into a grown-up woman's frantic search for love. "Love Junkie" is a memoir unlike any other; it will blow your mind." -Lee Montgomery, author of "The Things Between Us"""

"Insightful and heartbreaking, but also wonderfully comedic in its gutsy honesty, this is a powerful and beautiful memoir." --Jonathan Ames, author of "Wake Up, Sir!""Provocative. Striking. Rachel Resnick is a virtuoso on the page. Her fearless examination of the desperate thirst to find love is guaranteed to break your heart. Yet her cool-eyed analysis of the roots of this addiction inspires hope that through committed self-understanding, maybe each of us can change toxic patterns, whatever they may be."--Samantha Dunn, author of "Faith in Carlos Gomez," "Failing Paris," and "Not by Accident"""Love Junkie" is so alive, it reads as though Rachel Resnick sliced open her heart, dipped in her pen, and chronicled her life of carnal and romantic madness in an ambulance with a bed in it. The result is a memoir of flesh and redemption, told with scorching intensity and clear-eyed, universal truth. As addictions go, sex and love possess their own brand of degradation and euphoria, and Resnick, like all great self-destructive artist/survivors, has clawed her way out of the abyss and crafted a savage, ass-wild language all her own to capture the need that drives her--and us--to dive back in. There is a rumor that the author typed this book with her vagina. You be the judge. "Love Junkie" is a fearless, nasty, affectionate, weirdly spiritual, sex-soaked, smart and un-putdown-able Valentine from hell." --Jerry Stahl, author of "Permanent Midnight""A deeply true, wholly aching account of the dangerous way we live now--"Love Junkie" is great fun to read, and finally fully redemptive. Rachel Resnick brings a light, delightful touch to a hard subject, and creates a great, relatable, readable memoir." --Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Prozac Nation, Bitch, "and "More, Now, Again" "Reading "Love Junkie" is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest." --Janet Fitch, author of "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black" ""Love Junkie "travels tenderly and boldly into the despair, isolation, and tenacity of sex and love addiction. Rachel Resnick's gift for language and storytelling craft a vivid picture of her journey and her heart shines pure."--Kelly McDaniel, author of "Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction"


"Reading "Love Junkie" is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest." --Janet Fitch, author of "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black"

"Heartbreaking and brave, Rachel Resnick masterfully pulls the past to the present, exploring how the seeds of addiction planted during a sad girlhood can blossom into a grown-up woman's frantic search for love. "Love Junkie" is a memoir unlike any other; it will blow your mind." -Lee Montgomery, author of "The Things Between Us""""Insightful and heartbreaking, but also wonderfully comedic in its gutsy honesty, this is a powerful and beautiful memoir." --Jonathan Ames, author of "Wake Up, Sir!""Provocative. Striking. Rachel Resnick is a virtuoso on the page. Her fearless examination of the desperate thirst to find love is guaranteed to break your heart. Yet her cool-eyed analysis of the roots of this addiction inspires hope that through committed self-understanding, maybe each of us can change toxic patterns, whatever they may be."--Samantha Dunn, author of "Faith in Carlos Gomez," "Failing Paris," and "Not by Accident"""Love Junkie" is so alive, it reads as though Rachel Resnick sliced open her heart, dipped in her pen, and chronicled her life of carnal and romantic madness in an ambulance with a bed in it. The result is a memoir of flesh and redemption, told with scorching intensity and clear-eyed, universal truth. As addictions go, sex and love possess their own brand of degradation and euphoria, and Resnick, like all great self-destructive artist/survivors, has clawed her way out of the abyss and crafted a savage, ass-wild language all her own to capture the needthat drives her--and us--to dive back in. "Love Junkie" is a fearless, nasty, affectionate, weirdly spiritual, sex-soaked, smart and un-putdown-able Valentine from hell." --Jerry Stahl, author of "Permanent Midnight""A deeply true, wholly aching account of the dangerous way we live now--"Love Junkie" is great fun to read, and finally fully redemptive. Rachel Resnick brings a light, delightful touch to a hard subject, and creates a great, relatable, readable memoir." --Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Prozac Nation, Bitch, "and "More, Now, Again" "Rachel Resnick's story of love lost and love sought cracks open the timeworn addiction narrative to release something raw, probing, brave, and redemptive. The courage it took to write this story is challenged only by the courage it must have taken to live it. I sit in awe of such unflinching honesty. Love Junkie is memoir at its very best." --Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters"""Love Junkie "travels tenderly and boldly into the despair, isolation, and tenacity of sex and love addiction. Rachel Resnick's gift for language and storytelling craft a vivid picture of her journey and her heart shines pure."--Kelly McDaniel, author of "Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction"


"[A] raw account of love gone wrong...Most important in terms of survival in this painfully honest memoir, Resnick found the wherewithal through a support group to heal and reground herself." "--Publishers Weekly"

"Resnick's prose is memorable, the situations she describes unforgettable...An important memoir about romantic/sexual addiction and the potential cures." "--Kirkus Reviews""Reading "Love Junkie" is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest." --Janet Fitch, author of "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black" "Heartbreaking and brave, Rachel Resnick masterfully pulls the past to the present, exploring how the seeds of addiction planted during a sad girlhood can blossom into a grown-up woman's frantic search for love. "Love Junkie" is a memoir unlike any other; it will blow your mind." -Lee Montgomery, author of "The Things Between Us""""Insightful and heartbreaking, but also wonderfully comedic in its gutsy honesty, this is a powerful and beautiful memoir." --Jonathan Ames, author of "Wake Up, Sir!""Provocative. Striking. Rachel Resnick is a virtuoso on the page. Her fearless examination of the desperate thirst to find love is guaranteed to break your heart. Yet her cool-eyed analysis of the roots of this addiction inspires hope that through committed self-understanding, maybe each of us can change toxic patterns, whatever they may be."--Samantha Dunn, author of "Faith in Carlos Gomez," "Failing Paris," and "Not by Accident"""Love Junkie" is so alive, it reads as though Rachel Resnick sliced open her heart, dipped in her pen, and chronicled her life of carnal and romantic madness in anambulance with a bed in it. The result is a memoir of flesh and redemption, told with scorching intensity and clear-eyed, universal truth. As addictions go, sex and love possess their own brand of degradation and euphoria, and Resnick, like all great self-destructive artist/survivors, has clawed her way out of the abyss and crafted a savage, ass-wild language all her own to capture the need that drives her--and us--to dive back in. "Love Junkie" is a fearless, nasty, affectionate, weirdly spiritual, sex-soaked, smart and un-putdown-able Valentine from hell." --Jerry Stahl, author of "Permanent Midnight""A deeply true, wholly aching account of the dangerous way we live now--"Love Junkie" is great fun to read, and finally fully redemptive. Rachel Resnick brings a light, delightful touch to a hard subject, and creates a great, relatable, readable memoir." --Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Prozac Nation, Bitch, "and "More, Now, Again" "Rachel Resnick's story of love lost and love sought cracks open the timeworn addiction narrative to release something raw, probing, brave, and redemptive. The courage it took to write this story is challenged only by the courage it must have taken to live it. I sit in awe of such unflinching honesty. Love Junkie is memoir at its very best." --Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters"""Love Junkie "travels tenderly and boldly into the despair, isolation, and tenacity of sex and love addiction. Rachel Resnick's gift for language and storytelling craft a vivid picture of her journey and her heart shines pure."--Kelly McDaniel, author of "Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction"


"In "Love Junkie, "Resnick recalls her tumultuous relationships... She confesses to decades of bad boyfriends and even worse breakups, and berates herself for trying so hard, for holding on when she should ultimately let go, for caring... And, unfortunately... she mistakes sex for love... Her stories are both horrifying and compelling... The voyeurs in us emerge." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"

"[A] raw account of love gone wrong...Most important in terms of survival in this painfully honest memoir, Resnick found the wherewithal through a support group to heal and reground herself." "--Publishers Weekly" "Resnick's prose is memorable, the situations she describes unforgettable...An important memoir about romantic/sexual addiction and the potential cures." "--Kirkus Reviews""Reading "Love Junkie" is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on a freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest." --Janet Fitch, author of "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black" "Heartbreaking and brave, Rachel Resnick masterfully pulls the past to the present, exploring how the seeds of addiction planted during a sad girlhood can blossom into a grown-up woman's frantic search for love. "Love Junkie" is a memoir unlike any other; it will blow your mind." -Lee Montgomery, author of "The Things Between Us""""Insightful and heartbreaking, but also wonderfully comedic in its gutsy honesty, this is a powerful and beautiful memoir." --Jonathan Ames, author of "Wake Up, Sir!""Provocative. Striking. Rachel Resnick is a virtuoso on the page. Her fearless examination of the desperate thirst to find love is guaranteed to break your heart. Yet her cool-eyed analysis of the roots ofthis addiction inspires hope that through committed self-understanding, maybe each of us can change toxic patterns, whatever they may be."--Samantha Dunn, author of "Faith in Carlos Gomez," "Failing Paris," and "Not by Accident"""Love Junkie" is so alive, it reads as though Rachel Resnick sliced open her heart, dipped in her pen, and chronicled her life of carnal and romantic madness in an ambulance with a bed in it. The result is a memoir of flesh and redemption, told with scorching intensity and clear-eyed, universal truth. As addictions go, sex and love possess their own brand of degradation and euphoria, and Resnick, like all great self-destructive artist/survivors, has clawed her way out of the abyss and crafted a savage, ass-wild language all her own to capture the need that drives her--and us--to dive back in. "Love Junkie" is a fearless, nasty, affectionate, weirdly spiritual, sex-soaked, smart and un-putdown-able Valentine from hell." --Jerry Stahl, author of "Permanent Midnight""A deeply true, wholly aching account of the dangerous way we live now--"Love Junkie" is great fun to read, and finally fully redemptive. Rachel Resnick brings a light, delightful touch to a hard subject, and creates a great, relatable, readable memoir." --Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Prozac Nation, Bitch, "and "More, Now, Again" "Rachel Resnick's story of love lost and love sought cracks open the timeworn addiction narrative to release something raw, probing, brave, and redemptive. The courage it took to write this story is challenged only by the courage it must have taken to live it. I sit in awe of such unflinching honesty. Love Junkie is memoir at its very best." --Hope Edelman, author of"Motherless Daughters"""Love Junkie "travels tenderly and boldly into the despair, isolation, and tenacity of sex and love addiction. Rachel Resnick's gift for language and storytelling craft a vivid picture of her journey and her heart shines pure."--Kelly McDaniel, author of "Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction"


"With staggering honesty, raw and unsparing humor, novelist Rachel Resnick outs herself as a love junkie."-"Vanity Fair

""Riveting...Resnick writes about her Dickensian past with no plea for sympathy."-"New York Post ""A painful story that is fascinating, and in a word, addictive."-"Cosmopolitan ""Resnick recalls her tumultuous relationships...Her stories are both horrifying and compelling...The voyeurs in us emerge."-"San Francisco Chronicle ""Incredibly hard to put down...Brutally honest."-"New York Observer"


"With staggering honesty, raw and unsparing humor, novelist Rachel Resnick outs herself as a love junkie."--"Vanity Fair

""Riveting...Resnick writes about her Dickensian past with no plea for sympathy."--"New York Post ""A painful story that is fascinating, and in a word, addictive."--"Cosmopolitan ""Resnick recalls her tumultuous relationships...Her stories are both horrifying and compelling...The voyeurs in us emerge."--"San Francisco Chronicle ""Incredibly hard to put down...Brutally honest."--"New York Observer"


With staggering honesty, raw and unsparing humor, novelist Rachel Resnick outs herself as a love junkie. "Vanity Fair" Riveting Resnick writes about her Dickensian past with no plea for sympathy. "New York Post" A painful story that is fascinating, and in a word, addictive. "Cosmopolitan" Resnick recalls her tumultuous relationships Her stories are both horrifying and compelling The voyeurs in us emerge. "San Francisco Chronicle" Incredibly hard to put down Brutally honest. "New York Observer""


"With staggering honesty, raw and unsparing humor, novelist Rachel Resnick outs herself as a love junkie." --Vanity Fair"Riveting...Resnick writes about her Dickensian past with no plea for sympathy." --New York Post"A painful story that is fascinating, and in a word, addictive." --Cosmopolitan"Resnick recalls her tumultuous relationships...Her stories are both horrifying and compelling...The voyeurs in us emerge." --San Francisco Chronicle"Incredibly hard to put down...Brutally honest." --New York Observer

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