Paula Becker discusses 'A House On Stilts'
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, 2 – 3 p.m.
Paula Becker discusses 'A House On Stilts'
WhereBallard Branch
Room LocationMiriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us to hear local author Paula Becker read from and discuss her latest book, 'A House on Stilts,' a personal account of a family grappling with America's opioid crisis.
View in Catalog"A House on Stilts" by Paula Becker
Description'A House on Stilts' tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them -- for Hunter -- their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents -- for Paula -- a child's addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock, but by Dante's Inferno.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Paula Becker is the author of 'Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I,' and coauthor of 'The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy.' She lives in Seattle, Washington.



PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:



“Really brilliant. I often feel that addiction lies right outside in this way. This is a remarkable book. And an utterly terrifying one.”—Andrew Solomon, author, 'Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity'



“'A House on Stilts' is the story of a family just like yours perhaps, or the family next door. Through raw and authentic expression, we come to share in this mother’s loss of dreams for her addicted son. Paula Becker deftly shows how addiction can happen to anyone.”—D’Anne Burwell, author, 'Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home'



“Paula Becker pulls back the curtain and shows us what is typically only whispered about: the opioid crisis among young, white privileged kids and the effect on their middle-class families. Becker, in a fashion true to her historian roots, digs into the opioid crisis that is leaving no demographic untouched, and also digs into her past, looking at her parenting for clues and wrong turns along the route to her son’s teenage years. Ultimately, what she writes is an elegy for Hunter, who she finally realizes had been walking his own path all along.”—Kate Carroll De Gutes, author, 'Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear'



This event is supported by Secret Garden Books. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
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Contact Phone206-684-4089
Contact InfoBallard Branch
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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