Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness

S. & S. Audio. Jun. 2022. 9:19 hrs. ISBN 9781797141534. $19.99. MEMOIR
Author and narrator Bond’s story starts off so well: man of her dreams, wedding, pregnancy. But things soon start to change. Her firstborn son is diagnosed with Down syndrome; her job is a casualty of the 2008 recession; and her second child arrives soon after. Her doctor prescribes Ativan because she’s stressed out and unable to sleep, and she still struggles, then bumps up the dosage. She collapses while holding her daughter and learns that she has a benzodiazepine addiction. Quitting is not going to be easy—if not managed properly, withdrawal can be fatal. Bond’s story about the journey to sobriety and the challenges it holds is one that is not as commonly known but is very real for many.
VERDICT This cautionary tale about dependence on and addiction to benzodiazepines (which include Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium) is very timely. Bond’s voice is strong and real and the perfect choice to narrate the audio book. Strongly recommended for public libraries of all sizes.
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