Natural Born Guilt My Tragicomedy: Happy to Hippie to Hooked

Natural Born Guilt is a coming of age story on fire, offering a glimpse into the life of a young talented, and naughty girl growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Quite a book! Jackie shares her family dynamics with love, intrigue, comedy and pain. We are led to understand that love alone does not protect us from our demons. Jackie’s path from the love ...and expectations of family- to her journey of sex, drugs and hanging with her “gang” was agonizingly brilliant. The confusion, pain, danger, and guilt were described so vividly-with both humor and agony -it was palpable. This book belongs in every treatment center. Jackie describes this part of her life uncensored-and we are invited not only to see the horrors of addiction, but also the multi faceted characters -creative, funny, loving and caring (and uncaring) who embraced Jackie. And...as Jackie finally finds her path back to her true self, we see love of family, her sister, her mom (who always believed in her) standing right by her side. Anyone losing themselves through drugs and pulling oneself out of the depths of such despair to rediscover or probably discover themselves for the first time-should hold this book close. The book ends...but her journey doesn’t. And Jackie promises to continue her story. The Talmud says “One who saves one life saves the world entire”. Stay tuned.

-- Marcia A.
Book Description:

Natural Born Guilt is a coming of age story on fire, offering a glimpse into the life of a young talented, and naughty girl growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author holds nothing back as she tells the funny, passionate tale of a middle-class Jewish family who adopted her sister just months before they found out they were expecting her. Through the lenses of a natural born child, she takes the reader through her early years, full of rich characters, antics, and secrets, to her young hippie life in the Haight Ashbury, traipsing around with rock stars, poets, artists, and drug dealers. It’s a wild ride during a crazy time, but Mendelson has complete control of the prose throughout, weaving in self-deprecating humor and wise insight.

Jacqueline Mendelson (Author)
Jackie Mendelson, a post-WWII baby, grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco at a time when children played unsupervised in the street, walked to school by themselves, and didn’t need anyone to arrange playdates for them. The same inner resolve that brought her to Haight Ashbury, and allowed her to take a deep dive into drugs, helped her walk into a rehab clinic a few years later. Once she successfully beat her addiction, Jackie went on to help others become whole again. These life lessons led to operating a homeless shelter in Southern California, fighting the stigma of testing during the AIDS crisis, and helping to open AIDS clinics around the world. Today, she is the proud founder and owner of ArabicaDabra Coffee Company Inc, a coffee distribution company which she established over a decade ago, exclusively featuring Jackie’s Cup Coffee.
Dear Reader, author’s recently published book “Natural Born Guilt My Tragicomedy: Happy to Hippie to Hooked” is now available on leading bookstores, get your copy now and help the author by writing a review of the book.
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