American Junkie (Paperback)

By Tom Hansen

Emergency Press, 9780975362365, 260pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2010



In "American Junkie," Tom Hansen takes us on a non-stop into a land of desperate addicts, failed punk bands, and brushes with sad fame selling drugs during the Seattle grunge years. It's a story that takes us from the promise of a young life to the prison of a mattress, from budding musician to broken down junkie, drowning in syringes and cigarette butts, shooting heroin into wounds the size of softballs, and ultimately, a ride to a hospital for a six-month stay and a painful self-discovery that cuts down to the bone. Through it all he never really loses his step, never lets go of his smarts, and always projects quintessential American reason, humor, and hope to make a story not only about drugs, but a compelling study of vulnerability and toughness.

About the Author

Tom Hansen is the author of "American Junkie," a memoir of his life as a heroin addict and drug dealer, and the novel, "This Is What We Do." He writes for The Nervous Breakdown and is an editor at "Knock Magazine." He lives in Seattle.