Joseph W. Naus was living the American dream. He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night his American dream life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded.
"On Tuesday I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six figures. On Wednesday I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, charged with attempted murder...and then it got worse."
Straight Pepper Diet is a book about surviving one's own wreckage. It's harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.
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Booze, sex, addiction and breaking the law. I laughed. I cringed. I was able to think back on stupid things I've done. Nothing to this extent but still pretty stupid stuff. This is a great memoir and I really enjoyed the author narrator. He wrote his story what better person to read it right?
"Riveting, Relevant, and Raw"
Joseph's transformation from degenerate to spiritually enlightened is inspiring. He is so honest, so vulnerable and open to judgment, it's truly admirable. It doesn't matter that he'll disgust you at first because you will be able to empathize with the circumstances that led him to deplorable behavior, and you will be proud of him when he frees himself from it.
I've read other memoirs about addiction and transformation, but nothing like this. SPD made me feel a gamut of positive and negative emotions, which is what books should do.
Having the story read by the author makes him feel very real, like I was one of his friends or exes. It was great to have his voice contribute to the overall picture of the narrator. His honest thoughts in his own voice maintain the story's authenticity and, again, make him real and likable.
I expected to hate this book. I bought it because I was married to someone like Joseph and I wanted to understand him better. In the end, I don't know if it helped me with that--my ex may very well be a sociopath and Joseph is not-- but I found value in the story anyway. I would read it again and strongly recommend it if you like memoirs.
"I can't believe he's still alive!"
If you don't think addiction is a disease then please read this story of tragedy & triumph.
"Entertaining read but skeptical of the truth"
No doubt this story is a crazy one but the details he goes into make me question whether it's the truth or simply his fantasy becoming real in his own mind. The details of exactly what people said 10 years ago while under the influence makes me wonder as I know there is no way I could recollect such things. He also describes himself as picking up women constantly, a bad ass in martial arts, and successful attorney from day one. Then downplays it with some self-deprecating story. Totally a "humblebrag" so not a big fan of Joseph the person. Yet the story was a fun (probably not the right word) read even if I thought it contained a lot of fiction. Oh, and the music when he was about to have sex was annoying.
"Totally engrossing memoir of addiction"
The straight drive through this turbulent and often terrifying story. Great writing that rings astonishingly of truth.
Both his legal perspective and his keen notice of detail is very compelling.
Hope he keeps writing.
I loved it! Surprising, amazing, inspiring, and unbelievable story! A must!! This is fantastic listen
"Unique, but twisted, memoir."
Interesting story of the destabilization of a lawyer due to booze, illicit sex, and smoking. TMI re the author's "member." Just keep in mind that the author is also the narrator; if you lose track of that, you'll probably get quite annoyed. Recommend.
"and you thought you had problems?"
read this book. Addiction isn't just a problem of the poor and feeble minded. This book let's it all out.
Absolutely amazing story! Intriguing yet educating and overall uplifting! Makes you reevaluate your life things you may have taken for granted aswell as confronting your own addictions.
Although at times the story seemed somehow exaggerated and surreal (and it was at times unnecessarily crude and graphic), I nevertheless trusted the author throughout. He did a great read which felt honest and authentic, and it kept my interest until the very end. Well done.
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