David & Nic Sheff

Father/son revelations of the cost of drug abuse

Armageddon and Deep Impact; There Will Be Blood and Hillary Clinton’s wins in Texas and Ohio. Why do things with the same themes so often show up at the same time? In the case of Nic Sheff’s Tweaked: Growing Up on Methamphetamines and David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction, there is a method to the madness, as indicated by the last names. The elder Sheff’s book (a Starbucks pick) began in 2005 as a New York Times Magazine cover story titled “My Addicted Son.” His unflinchingly honest look at his son’s addiction might seem a little dry for gore-lovers, but Lil' Sheff’s memoir is the antidote: Tweaked is more Bukowski and Burroughs, the heart to his dad’s head—and the kid can write. (Nic was writing for Nerve when he got the book deal.) Given the complexity of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorder known as addiction (thanks for the definition, Newsweek!), the complementary package is more on target in addressing the real cost of meth addiction than any book in recent memory. Both authors will appear at Starbucks, University Village, 4634 26th Ave. N.E. 7 p.m. KARLA STARR

Mon., March 17, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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