Junkie Love

Vagabondage Press LLC
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From the cow fields of Connecticut to the streets of San Francisco, Joe Clifford’s JUNKIE LOVE traverses the lost highways of America, down the rocky roads of mental illness to the dead ends of addiction. Based on Clifford’s own harrowing experience with drugs as a rock ’n’ roll wannabe in the 1990s, the book draws on the best of Kerouac & the Beats, injecting a heavy dose of pulp fiction as it threads a rollicking narrative through a doomed love triangle, lit up by the many strange characters he meets along the way. Part road story, part resurrection tale, Junkie Love finds a way to laugh in one’s darkest hour, while never abandoning its heart in search of a home. 

JUNKIE LOVE by Joe Clifford is an original ride through the down-and-dirty underside of the drug and music scene, inspired and propelled by Jack Kerouac’s youthful dreams of an American nirvana, translated to a later, darker generation. Clifford is its passionate spokesman.     

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About the author

Joe Clifford is an editor at Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA.

He is the author of the short story collection Choice Cuts and the novel Wake the Undertaker (Snubnose Press).  Excerpts of Junkie Love have previously appeared in Big Bridge, Underground Voices, Word Riot, Fringe, Kerouac’s Dog’s Magazine, and POV Magazine. Much of Joe’s writing can be found at www.joeclifford.com.


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Vagabondage Press LLC
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Dec 31, 2013
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
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Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Self-Help / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drugs
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Table of Contents 

Pill Popping Syndrome – Symptoms 
Doctors and the Hippocratic Oath 
Weaning Yourself Away from Pills 
Author Bio 


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Also, you are going to get some information on possibly when and why pills began to become an important part of your normal day to day routine, and your lifestyle. So while you are reading this book, if you find yourself reaching for your pillbox, do not take that pill unless it is absolutely necessary and continue learning some interesting facts about the pills being taken by you every day. 

Can you believe that 2.3 billion prescription drugs are prescribed to Americans alone, annually? That means 49% of you are taking at least one prescription drug, everyday, 22% are taking two or more drugs, and 11% are taking more than five prescription drugs every day. 

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“A great book! I devoured it. Taut, pacey and with a powerful sense of place, Joe Clifford’s The One Got Away is an intelligent and astutely observed piece of American small town noir.” —Paula Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water


“Joe Clifford is a gifted storyteller with a knack for crafting characters who are entirely human. The One That Got Away is dark and unforgiving, a chilling crime novel with the perfect touch of tenderness that will keep readers turning the pages with haste. This is one book you won’t be able to put down. —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie


“The mystery of The One That Got Away sucked me in, but it was the emotional punch of Alex Salerno’s return home that broke my heart. With its sharply observed characters and setting and crime-thriller pace, its tough exterior belies a vast, unexpected tenderness. I cannot not quit thinking about this book.” —Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and The Weight of Lies


“It’s not often that I read a top-notch thriller with layers of emotion buried within each page. On the surface, Joe Clifford’s story of a young woman who survived a kidnapping and returns to her hometown to investigate a seemingly similar disappearance is compulsively readable, but when you dig a little deeper, you discover there’s so much more to unpack. The On That Got Away is by far Clifford’s best and most fully realized novel to date, and might well be the most rewarding thriller I’ve read this year.” —Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts


“Joe Clifford crafts a unique detective story with a flawed central character in Alex Salerno. His true skill lies in that he was able to make the Northeastern town of Reine into the co-central character, one even more flawed than Alex. Its life is even more sullied, darker and full of worse choices than her’s ever could have been, and that is the gritty magic of the book. Read the novel for the last few pages, which are delicious in their noir conclusion.” —Ryan Sayles, author of Albatross

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