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Friday, January 15, 2016

BOOK SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW: Fixed By Doug Piotter

By Doug Piotter
Genre: Dark comedic memoir

Fixed is a darkly comedic memoir that spans my unsupervised youth, drug and alcohol addiction, bank robbery, life in prison and ultimately my release and re-entry into my life’s new and sober orbit. With the perspective gained from more than two decades of sobriety, I give an accounting of my debauched life with humor and irreverence.
I grew up with alcoholic parents trapped inside their own lonely skins, a painful childhood full of cold shoulders and broken furniture. I burst onto the drug scene at age eleven and thrived before slowly finding out that it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. With addiction taking over and dictating my every move, I tried to make sense of it all while gathering five felonies along the way.
At thirty-three, after a long string of bank robberies and my bad guy impersonation had run its course, I was brought back to life with the gift of prison and given the opportunity to re-invent myself and start my life over, from scratch. Upon release, I learned that the universe is a kind and forgiving place, often strange and funny with plenty for everyone as long as I don’t forget where I came from.

My Review:

FIXED is a gritty memoir about the cycle of addiction, plain and simple. This is a fantastic exploration into the mind and drug-crazed activities of an addict, from the beginning:  serious family dysfunction, poverty, and heredity. I relate to this book deeply on a personal level as my own life has made very many parallel twists and turns in a location quite a ways to the south of Mr. Piotter’s Seattle locale.  He exhaustively explores the demons in his own psyche, and is painfully honest about his actions, the resulting penalties for his actions, and ultimately, his recovery. I don’t think I’m being a spoiler here as this book would never have been written had it not been for Doug’s ability to recover. I loved this book, and encourage everyone to read it!  A spectacular book of CHANGE. Yes, it is possible.  Thank you, Doug. Five stars.

About the Author                                           After two decades of reckless behavior, gripping drug addiction and petty crime evolving into bank robbery ended on the day he started a 115-month prison sentence in 1993. He has been clean and sober and crime-free ever since, a remarkable turnaround against long odds that such a change was possible. Upon his release, Piotter built a successful construction company and became an active member of his recovery community. He lives in Seattle with his wife, artist Terrell Lozada.

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