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Paula Becker, A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction

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Sat, 11/02/2019 - 7:00pm
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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. This intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis.

Paula Becker is the author of Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, and co-author of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair. Paula Becker has written for HistoryLink.org since 2001, and is a staff historian. Her 300+ essays on the site document all aspects of Washington state history.

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A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609386597
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - September 15th, 2019

Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780295999364
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Published: University of Washington Press - September 30th, 2016

The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780615469409
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Published: Seattle Center Foundation in Association with - October 21st, 2011

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair: A Timeline History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780295989266
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Published: History Link - June 24th, 2009

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