And I Don't Want to Live This Life (Paperback)

A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder

By Deborah Spungen

Ballantine Books, 9780449911419, 408pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 1996

List Price: 17.00*
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 “Honest and moving . . . Her painful tale is engrossing.”—Washington Post Book World

For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control—who almost destroyed her parents’ marriage and the happiness of the rest of her family.

About the Author

Deborah Spungen received her master of social service and master of law and social policy degrees from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work in May 1989. She is the executive director and founder of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia.