Born in a small town in western Pennsylvania in the late 1950s, Tony Cesare had everything a boy could want, from a father who played baseball with him to doting grandparents.
But then the local factory began laying off workers, including members of his family—and his idyllic childhood came to an end.
When he reached his teens, he turned to alcohol and drugs. Soon, he was stealing Social Security money from his grandparents to survive, rationalizing that they wouldn’t notice if he only took a little.
In this memoir, he looks back at his battle with addiction as well as harrowing adventures, such as surviving multiple car crashes, drag racing on a local bridge, transporting marijuana from Florida to Pennsylvania, and losing his motorcycle during Daytona’s famous bike week.
His party lifestyle did not come without repercussions, and he was only set straight after he faced the prospect of going to prison. Finally, he chose sobriety over alcohol and drugs.
Join the author as he looks back on his childhood and how he overcame addiction and other struggles in this inspiring memoir.