Release Date: April 03, 2017
ISBN: 9781627782142
eISBN: 9781627782159

Lucky Jim

by James Hart

Lucky Jim is the memoir of writer Jim Hart, the story of how he survived a violent childhood home, created a love that was both so right and so wrong, overcame obsessive dependencies, and finally found the strength to be his true self.

Jim is a master at building relationships. Charming, funny, and a great listener, his success in life and business was based on his ability to connect with others, from people recovering in 12-step groups in Upstate New York to those living in the rarified air of Martha’s Vineyard. But after more than twenty years sober, one slip-up triggered an active addiction that threatened his relationships with his then-wife, singer-songwriter Carly Simon, his recovery friends, his severely disabled son, and even with himself as he began to confront his sexuality.

With profound clarity and thoughtful language, Jim weaves together the beautiful and all-too-often heartbreaking events of his life into an inspiring tale of bravery, healing, and above all, love.

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About the author James Hart

James Hart is a former business executive and CEO of the award-winning literary magazine, DoubleTake. His collection of poems, Milding, was published in 2004. For several years he was a board member of the National Council on Alcoholism, and in 2005 he cofounded OUT for Work, a career fair development program for the LGBT community in New York City. Jim lives in New York City and is currently very active in the LGBT...

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"In this searching, honest, and emotionally nuanced narrative, Hart navigates the struggle with his personal demons and the celebrity world with which he unexpectedly became enmeshed with elegance, grit, and artistry. The result is memoir that makes for exceptionally poignant, lyrical reading. A finely written, painful, but profound book."  

 Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


"This memoir testifies that even love, fame and success are no cure for the lies we tell ourselves...the redemptive moments of this memoir are stellar." 

 Foreword Reviews         


“Jim weaves his tale between the various seemingly opposing strands of his life...Then there was our magical chance meeting and marriage and life on Martha’s Vineyard; his own struggles as a writer and a harrowing relapse into active alcoholism, and exploration of long-hidden parts of himself. Recovery comes with loss. Time gives and takes away. And Jim’s words chronicle with rare lyricism and wit the feelings that these events evoke.” 

 Carly Simon


“I have heard the stories of Jim Hart's extraordinary and far-reaching life―from the dark glamour of the Westies's Hell's Kitchen through to the evanescent glamour of life with Carly Simon, Jackie Onassis, Mike Nichols and others on Martha's Vineyard and in Manhattan, and beyond. . . I am thrilled that others will now be able to behold Jim's life and the stories; there is resonance―and there are lessons―here."  Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us 


"An inherently fascinating and impressively candid read from beginning to end..." 

 Midwest Book Review


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