Starbucks Selects “Beautiful Boy”

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Starbucks Entertainment announced today the next title in its book program: David Sheff’s “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction” to be published by Houghton Mifflin – a compelling true story examining addiction, trust, and renewal told by the parent of a meth addicted teenager. Continuing its commitment to connect customers with great books, Starbucks will begin offering “Beautiful Boy” on February 26, 2008 at more than 6,500 Starbucks Company-operated locations across the U.S.

“We seek titles that will inspire conversation both in our stores and with our customers,” says Ken Lombard, president Starbucks Entertainment. “David’s story embraces a depth of emotion, support and human resilience that brings readers face-to-face with an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. We are excited to have the opportunity to present this genuine, personal memoir to our customers.”

Beautiful Boy” takes readers through the gripping journey of addiction from a fresh perspective ? that of a concerned parent. Sheff’s pragmatic storytelling winds through his own stages of denial, to the self-realized acceptance of helplessness and the struggle to protect his family, to renewed hope and recovery. “Beautiful Boy” is the fourth book by Sheff, a brilliant writer best known for works that have appeared in various newspapers and magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Fortune, among others.

“Often we learn about the effects of substance abuse on the user, but we rarely hear the story from the perspective of loved ones ? the friends and family members who often feel powerless,” shares Sheff. “I am gratified that in addition to carrying ‘Beautiful Boy‘ in its stores, Starbucks support will encourage much needed discussion about drug abuse and addiction.”

Along with appearances at traditional booksellers, Sheff will participate in a Starbucks book tour, making stops at 10 Starbucks stores across the U.S. beginning February 26. At each location, Sheff will share thoughts on the experiences he and his family endured throughout the addiction and the resulting rehabilitation.

“We’re so pleased that Starbucks decision to feature ‘Beautiful Boy‘ will bring so many readers to this very special book,” said Janet Silver, Vice President and Publisher of Houghton Mifflin.