The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time / Leslie Schwartz.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. After more than a decade clean and sober, Schwartz had a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction. The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends, her husband, her teenage daughter, and herself was nearly impossible to fathom. Incarceration might have ruined her altogether, if not for the stories that sustained her while she was behind bars--both the artful tales in the books she read while there, and, more immediately, the stories of her fellow inmates. With classics like Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome to contemporary accounts like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Schwartz's reading list is woven together with visceral recollections of both her daily humiliations and small triumphs within the county jail system. Through the stories of others--whether rendered on the page or whispered in a jail cell--she learned powerful lessons about how to banish shame, use guilt for good, level her grief, and find the lost joy and magic of her astonishing life. Told in vivid, unforgettable prose, The Lost Chapters uncovers the nature of shame, rage, and love, and how instruments of change and redemption come from the unlikeliest of places.
    • Content Notes:
      Processing in -- Pregnant module -- Pregnant module -- Exit module -- EBI module : dayroom -- EBI module : lockup -- EBI module : lockup -- EBI module : last days -- Processing out.
    • Notes:
      Subtitle on dust jacket: Reclaiming my life, one book at a time.
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • Other Titles:
      Lost chapters : reclaiming my life, one book at a time.
    • ISBN:
      9780525534631
      0525534636
    • Accession Number:
      on1033585725
      1033585725
    • Accession Number:
      fay.576602
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SCHWARTZ, L. The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time. [s. l.]: Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2018. ISBN 9780525534631. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602. Acesso em: 18 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Schwartz L. The Lost Chapters : Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602. Accessed January 18, 2020.
    • APA:
      Schwartz, L. (2018). The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Schwartz, Leslie. 2018. The Lost Chapters : Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602.
    • Harvard:
      Schwartz, L. (2018) The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602 (Accessed: 18 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Schwartz, L 2018, The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time, Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, viewed 18 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Schwartz, Leslie. The Lost Chapters : Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Schwartz, Leslie. The Lost Chapters : Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Schwartz L. The lost chapters : finding recovery and renewal one book at a time [Internet]. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC; 2018 [cited 2020 Jan 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.576602

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

Following a yearlong relapse into alcohol and drug addiction, writer and teacher Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in the L.A. County Jail for DUI with a questionable battery charge. She had been sober for more than a decade but was now thrust into an eye-opening, humiliating, soul-searching experience. Prison forced Schwartz to face painful truths, including the deep hurt she had caused those who loved and supported her. Fortunately, reading helped her transform her difficult situation into a mental- and spiritual-growth process, fostering Schwartz's ability to seek "the lost chapters" of her story. Schwartz's prison reading ranged from poet Mary Oliver to Buddhist Pema Chodron to novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, along with some classics. Being incarcerated, Schwartz recognized the feeling of time suspended, which she encountered in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being (2013). Reading was respite but also revelation as it alerted Schwartz to who she thought she was while simultaneously awakening her to the substantially greater suffering of her fellow inmates. A true tale of transcendence and an invaluable acknowledgement of the power of reading. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #2

Novelist Schwartz (Jumping the Green) recalls almost nothing that transpired during a 414-day relapse from sobriety wrought with arrests and rehab, lost friends and lost jobs, and one flashing knife. Sentenced to 90 days for driving under the influence and battery of an officer, she recouped through the stories she read and the stories she heard from other inmates.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 April #5

Novelist Schwartz (Angels Crest) turns to nonfiction in this reflective account of her brief time behind bars. Following an arrest for driving under the influence (and a dubious charge of battery of an officer), the writing teacher found herself in Los Angeles County Jail, sentenced to 90 days, of which 37 were eventually served. Married and the mother of an adolescent daughter, Schwartz had been sober for 10 years before relapsing into drug and alcohol addiction, and a series of blackouts that culminated in her arrest, imprisonment, and the haunting realization that she had lost entire "chapters" of her life. While in jail, she read (she was allowed to order three books per week) and found inspiration and escape in the writings of Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being) and Edith Wharton (Ethan Frome), among many others. She was a middle-aged Jewish woman among primarily black and Latino prisoners, and there she learned to let go of self-blame and shame, and reached out to her cellmates (a 21-year-old prostitute named Wynell, and Qaneak, who killed a cop) with kindness and generosity (for example, by teaching yoga). In return, she found sisterhood, support, and love. The author's heartfelt story of self-acceptance and redemption will captivate readers with its honesty, vulnerability, and array of memorable characters. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.