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Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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From a searing new literary voice, a raw, compulsively readable memoir about a young man seeking hope, community, and ultimately recovery from addiction in a series of halfway houses and boys homesthe first book to so vividly capture this world. In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with AIDS, Macher turned to alcohol to escape the painful loneliness of his reality. In quick succession, he is kicked out of school, and then his mothers house, sent to a boys home in Montana, and later, a halfway house in a truck-stop town of Louisiana. It was there that Macher encounters a community of young men struggling to surviveoutcasts and thieves, liars and ex-cons, men seeking redemption, men running from the past. As he moves further away from boyhood and embraces a hard-won sobriety, these menthe broken, the hardscrabble, the near gonebecome his salvation. Macher captures the trials of sobrietysuicide, death, recoveryand the unusual beauty that forms in the bonds of those who suffer. In visceral, striking prose, he introduces the unforgettable characters he meets along the way, from a former child actor, a young teen struggling with schizophrenia, a tough-love addiction counselor, a sex-addicted social worker, to Matt O, who became Machers loyal friend and wingman. Raw, disarming, frenetic, and subversive, Halfway is a brutally honest portrait of the world of down-and-out recovering alcoholics, and a story of how, in their darkest hour, these men create the bonds that form a family.
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suzie.reads
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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Halfway through my September #tbr books 😊

Andrew65 Going well! 2mo
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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Well, I hit the halfway point, and just before hour 24 of #24in48 !! I'll probably read for another hour, two if I can make it, before heading off to bed for the night.
#readathon #halfwayto24
@24in48

Mollyanna Awesome job! 4mo
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Chrissyreadit
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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#bookfitnesschallenge check in!
I do have to adjust my goals daily.
I am making small changes that are improvements.
I have been able to move more!
#onedayatatime #litsyrocks #ilovemyteam #bfcr2

Blaire Awesome positive update! Love the graphic you used! 4mo
wanderinglynn Small, incremental changes are the best way to ensure you‘ll stick with it long term. So way to go! 🙌🏻 You are making great progress. One day, one step at a time. 🎉 4mo
sudi You're doing great, small changes will eventually become habits and lead to even bigger changes in the future👏👏👏. Also love the picture you used 😊💖👍 4mo
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jillannjohn ❤️❤️ 4mo
Purplemoonmyst I am s vegan too!! 4mo
Mitch So proud of you - you‘ve supported us all whilst meeting your own challenges with such a positive ‘can do‘ attitude. 🏆 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Mitch thank you!!! I‘m so excited that the I am able to do these things again! #nothingforgranted 4mo
Mitch @Chrissyreadit I‘m can‘t tell you how happy I am for you 🥰 4mo
MicrobeMom You are doing awesome! It is great that you know you body! Great job!! ♥️♥️ 4mo
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suzie.reads
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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Halfway through my June #tbr books 😊 4 really good books and one not so good, that been 'The Name of Dead Girls' 🙄

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DeweysReadathon
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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WHOAAAAAAAAA WE‘RE HALFWAY THERE, WHOA-OHHHHH, READIN‘ ON A CHAIR. #sorrynotsorry #readathon ⏳- @Liberty

Alfoster 😂😂😂😘! 7mo
Listener15 ☠️☠️☠️ 7mo
Readerann 😂 7mo
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howlinglibraries
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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I only made it halfway to 24, but considering I topped out at 8 last time, I‘m very proud of my #24in48 accomplishment!

GypsyKat You did great! 👏👏👏 9mo
sprainedbrain Nice!!🎉🎉 9mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
hes7 Nice! 🎉 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve never made it through one of these, but I‘m always happy to get some reading done.😂 9mo
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Victoriahoperose
Halfway: A Memoir | Tom Macher
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Mehso-so

This was okay. The author definitely has an important message. I just don‘t like the way he delivered his story. I found it to be very disjointed and confusing in the timeline at parts.