High on Arrival

High on Arrival

Book - 2009
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The eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household, where a typical evening might include rolling joints for her dad or fending off advances by Mick Jagger. Far from idyllic, she describes her parents' home as "dirty and broken" with "very little going on inside except sex, drugs, and rock and roll.".

But in spite of the turmoil at home, Mackenzie found success onscreen, becoming famous at age fourteen for her role in the iconic film American Graffiti, which landed her a starring role as Julie Cooper on the hit sitcom One Day at a Time alongside America's sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli. Even though she seemed to have it all, Mackenzie couldn't escape the dark secrets and constant drug use at home and began to use herself. Her professional life suffered and she was written out of the show. For the next two decades she battled her drug addiction, going through rehab several times, and managing to stay clean for ten years, until Labor Day 2008, when she landed back in the tabloids for possession of cocaine and heroin at LAX. What led to her relapse is a shocking, life-long secret that she'll reveal in-depth for the first time here, in High on Arrival ..

Riveting, heart-wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, Mackenzie's story is an all-too-real testament to the power of drugs--but it's also a story of courage, forgiveness, and true redemption. .

Published: New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439153857
143915385X
Branch Call Number: B PHI
Characteristics: xii, 292 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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22950008406936
Feb 18, 2017

Could not finish this book - would not even give it 1 star

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Tina31966
Apr 06, 2016

If you are a lover of non-fiction autobiographies, add this little number to your list. Mackenzie Phillips is raw and gritty, a no-holds-bar kind of book. Her life as the child of a famous rock and roll star and gaining her own fame in One Day at a Time shows how fame and too much indulgence can totally ruin your life and damage emotionally those close to you. You will not be able to put down this book

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Gamma33
Feb 04, 2016

Fascinating book. What an amazing life. Incredible that she survived. I think Phillips is a brave woman to tell her story with such honesty.

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Razor289
Jan 10, 2015

A very good book. This book was hard to put down.
It deals with fame,drugs, incest, rape & the vicious ride of stardom.

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TheSponge
Mar 09, 2011

A very brave memoir. The author chronicles a lifetime of excess, drug addiction and the struggle to get sober. Gritty, jaw dropping and outrageous, this story will keep you turning the pages late into the night. It is truly amazing that the author is alive to tell her incredible story. The paperback edition devotes a brand new chapter with respect to the damage/ fallout her book caused with her immediate family and circle of friends.

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paranormal_rona
Mar 04, 2010

Very gritty and to the point autobiography. Lots of details of drugs and some incidents of incest and rape.

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