Long Past Stopping

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Long Past Stopping

A Memoir

By Oran Canfield

HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780061450761, 321pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Description
Oran Canfield son of self-help guru and Chicken Soup for the Soul "creator Jack Canfield tells his surreal story of growing up in Long Past Stopping. "In this remarkable memoir, writing with a wry and cutting edge, Canfield relates tales of a childhood in flux being buffeted about among family friends, relatives, rebels, and born-again circus clowns, in an anarchist private school, communes, and libertarian enclaves and of a young adulthood spent among the ruins of heroin addiction. Long Past Stopping "is Oran Canfield's often hilariously harrowing tale of surviving life in the strange lane.


Praise For Long Past Stopping

“Thank god Oran Canfield came out of this alive and thank double-god he emerged with his sense of humor. So many weirdball characters and harrowing situations that you’d be hard-pressed to make up better ones. This is the kind of life story that begs to be told.”
-Beth Lisick author of Helping Me Help Myself

“Memoirs about dysfunctional families can be funny, and this book is hilarious… [Canfield] delivers newspapers on a unicycle, wins third place in a juggling competition and experiments with drugs in a Mexican police cruiser. His descriptions are snappy and his side commentary…[makes] you laugh out loud.”
-Associated Press

“An oddly compelling and appealing account of a life truly stranger than fiction.”
-Booklist

“The son of Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Jack Canfield debuts with a memoir of a peripatetic West Coast childhood and subsequent struggle with drug addiction, told in a series of humorous vignettes… The author’s deadpan irony is…brilliant…”
-Kirkus Reviews

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