High on Arrival

High on Arrival The eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips both lead singers of the s band The Mamas and The Papas Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household where a typical

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  • Title: High on Arrival
  • Author: Mackenzie Phillips
  • ISBN: 9781439153857
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household, where a typical evening might include rolling joints for her dad or fending off advances by Mick Jagger Far from idyllic, she describes her parents home as dirty and broken with very liThe eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household, where a typical evening might include rolling joints for her dad or fending off advances by Mick Jagger Far from idyllic, she describes her parents home as dirty and broken with very little going on inside except sex, drugs, and rock and roll But in spite of the turmoil at home, Mackenzie found success onscreen, becoming famous at age fourteen for her role in the iconic film American Graffiti, which landed her a starring role as Julie Cooper on the hit sitcom One Day at a Time alongside America s sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli Even though she seemed to have it all, Mackenzie couldn t escape the dark secrets and constant drug use at home and began to use herself Her professional life suffered and she was written out of the show For the next two decades she battled her drug addiction, going through rehab several times, and managing to stay clean for ten years, until Labor Day 2008, when she landed back in the tabloids for possession of cocaine and heroin at LAX What led to her relapse is a shocking, life long secret that she ll reveal in depth for the first time here, in High on Arrival Riveting, heart wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, Mackenzie s story is an all too real testament to the power of drugs but it s also a story of courage, forgiveness, and true redemption

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    1. Wow. This memoir was hard to read and hard to put down. Whatever may be going on in Ms. Phillips's life at the moment, or whatever may have motivated her to write this, I really felt like she was trying very hard to be truthful. I grew up during the same era and though my life wasn't the least bit like hers, some of her experiences and feelings really resonated with me. I wish her all the best in her recovery and hope that she can stay soberA: I've read a couple of GR reviews that take issue wit [...]

    2. Wow. I think this was definitely the hardest autobiography I have ever read. I can't even really decide what my opinion is on this book. At moments I loved it and at moments I just felt so bad for Mackenzie that I had a hard time getting through the rest of the book. And yes, sometimes I wanted to knock some sense into her.She had such a horrible childhood, raised by her totally useless father (except to music, he was John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas) who really didn't care what she did [...]

    3. I have a mildly sick fascination with the Phillips family. I read both "Papa John" and "California Dreamin' " back when they came out and it didn't take much to get me in line for Mac's book. Not sure why. I am not the age to be an original fan of either the Mamas and the Papas or "One Day at A Time" (et al). I guess I would lump this more under my fascination with dysfunctional families, particularly show biz ones. So it would have taken more willpower than I have not to dip into Mac's harrowin [...]

    4. "She's just fourteenLittle movie star queenShe's always too high on arrivalShe runs on her high platform heelsShe falls flat on her faceShe knows how life feelsAnd she's just fourteen."This excerpt from a John Phillips song sums up, in many ways, the journey of Mackenzie Phillips, from the star studded circle of celebrities who were an entourage in her father's life and hers by extension to the near-death experiences that punctuated her existence.In these settings and with drugs and a life of no [...]

    5. I just finished this book with tears in my eyes and a big "Wow" in my head. Mackenzie Phillips life story is one of the bravest and most interesting memoirs I've ever had the honor to read. Truly inspiring, she is one amazing woman, there is no "poor, little pitiful me" anywhere in her book, it's told with such amazing candor that it almost leaves me speechless. I'm not sure how to word all this but I know I came away with a deeper understanding of addiction and even learned some things about my [...]

    6. What a story this is. Mackenzie Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips, lead singer of The Mamas & the Papas. She is, also, a star in her own right on the hit TV sitcom “One Day At A Time”. I was a huge fan of both and still am.Mackenzie narrates this herself which makes it all that much more heartbreaking. She starts from the beginning of her life until now. The things she endured growing up in the limelight is truly horrific. Some of it is the fault of the family and friends around [...]

    7. This was a very disturbing book, and straight off the bat I would say that it's definitely not a book intended for younger readers. It's graphic, it's detailed, and it's the life of a very tormented woman, who surprisingly, has been candid with her story, much to the apparent chagrin of the rest of her estranged family. I'm giving it 4 stars. It was a book that I had trouble reading, because of the disgusting details within, and a book that I couldn't put down, because of the heartwrenching life [...]

    8. OK, I realize everybody wants to know about the part where Mackenzie and her father, John Phillips, Did It. And while this is an admittedly interesting (albeit horrific) part of the story, it's just a small piece of the crazy puzzle that is the author's life. Written with great humor, compassion and intelligence, I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. As a recovering addict myself, I can attest to the fact that so much drug and alcohol abuse is a means to dull deep, profound, psychic pain. And Macken [...]

    9. If all the teen stars of my favorite childhood shows continue to write memoirs, I will continue to read them. Few will top this one, though. Mackenzie Phillips had a drug habit that makes Maureen McCormick's pretty severe cocaine addiction look downright recreational. Phillips has presented the seamier side of the happy hippie Laurel Canyon life (recently the topic of a pretty coffee table book I just skimmed). Five year olds wandering the beach unsupervised; junior high kids taking acid, snorti [...]

    10. I listened to The Mamas & The Papas every once in a while when I was a teenager sitting around my bedroom puffing on a joint enjoying the hippy vibe of the music. I never gave their personal lives any thought at all other than I knew that Cass Elliot had died at a young age. I always thought she died choking on a chicken sandwhich, but appearantly she died from a heart attack. Not sure where I got the choking story fromAfter reading this memoir I'm not sure I will look at the movie stars goi [...]

    11. There is no way I could rank this book with stars. It was a horrible- sickening- tragic book to read. I would read one chapter and feel physically sick and lay it down to come back to it in a few minutes. If only 1/3 of this book is true, it still will make for one of the worst childhoods around. I always liked the Mamas and Papas and loved their music so even though I was never a Mackenzie Phillip's fan I wanted to read it.If there is a group out there for sterilization, they need to make John [...]

    12. Wow, I love a good tell-all, but this reads like a sordid wallow in a really messed up life. The part that left me the most uncomfortable is that she still obviously romanticizes her time as a drug addict. She talks about it kind-of wistfully, as if she misses it. On top of that, she has a really weird perspective about the people who were in her life at the times she was using. There is a lot of barely-contained bitterness towards her family and friends who wanted to help her, as if she still d [...]

    13. Imagine a child knocking on her parent’s door to get her father’s attention. He says, “Not now, darling, Daddy’s shooting up.” What does that tell the child about the pervasive self-absorption of drug addicts? Of course, the message to the child is that the drugs are more valuable than any child’s desire for love, affection, and attention.Sexual assault, addiction, and suicide are unsolved social problems that carry stigmas. The stigmas cast a code of silence that do not solve proble [...]

    14. Ugh. I love celebrity/my life sucked memoirs. And I was totally chomping at the bit to read this one. It was a months-long exercise in self control to not drop the $20 on it at the book store before the library produced it for me. But I prevailed and boy am I happy I did because I would be pretty sad had I dropped $20 on this thing. Here is the deal: MacKenzie Phillips had an insane life. But it appears as though it was so insane she couldn't write about it coherently. Which I guess might be wha [...]

    15. I'm a sucker for celebrity biographies and memoirs, but wasn't prepared for the raw sucker punch of Mackenzie Phillip's story. Frankly, I'm not sure how she isn't dead yet after reading page after page of the drug abuse, violence, and neglect that shaped her life. From the blackouts during which she slept with her father to her firing from One Day At A Time, her drug habit ruled her -- mind, body, and soul.High On Arrival begins in her childhood, when she would be unsupervised in her father's (M [...]

    16. Just when I might start thinking that I'm a bad parent or spouse, something like this book comes along to put a different perspective on things. Normally, if I give a book four stars, it means I recommend the book. Three stars would mean I like it but don't necessarily recommend it. I've debated back and forth what to give this book. I'm not sure I feel comfortable recommending it but the writing and story certainly are compelling and deserving of four or five stars. It is ofttimes downright dep [...]

    17. I watched "One Day at a Time" in reruns. I'm a huge fan of the Mamas and the Papas. I read John and Michelle Phillips' respective autobiographies in the '80s. Blah blah blah. I like biographies and autobiographies as a general rule, particularly when they relate to music, writing, acting and/or art. I like memoirs, period. I wouldn't necessarily place "High on Arrival" in the same class as the memoirs of Mary Karr or Augusten Burroughs (who, incidentally, writes a glowing review on this book's j [...]

    18. "She just got raped again."I announced that to my partner as I was nearing the end of High on Arrival, Mackenzie Phillips's harrowing memoir of her exceedingly dysfunctional childhood and young adulthood.She survived a series of rapes throughout her teenage and twentysomething years. Her rampant drug use made her easy prey; it was the '70s and '80s, and rape was still seen as mostly the woman's fault, so none of these rapists were prosecuted or anything. (Kind of like it is now, only worse. At l [...]

    19. This book seems to be as much about "Papa" John Phillips as it is about Mackenzie herself. His presence is felt on every page. While being an exceptionally talented songwriter, he was one very poor excuse for a human being and father. He was the consummate hedonist; a man who lived every day of his adult life by the old 60's mantra: "If it feels good, do it". In his case, this covered everything from drug use to incest. Mackenzie was unfortunately one of his victims whose life until recently was [...]

    20. It's hard to rate a book that is so personal to the author. I did appreciate her take on the different forms of treatment and what finally worked for her. It felt different than other "recovering addict" books in that it felt concluded. (That the book wasn't just a means to make money to go back to being an addict.) I believe her when she says she is done for good and that made my heart happy.

    21. Reason for Reading: I enjoy reading celebrity memoirs and was a big fan of One Day at a Time when the show was on. I had read Valerie Bertinelli's recent memoir and knowing Mackenzie Philips' checkered past figured she would have a very interesting memoir.Comments: Mackenzie Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips (the mastermind of the famous singing group The Mamas & The Papas) and is best known for her role as Julie Cooper on One Day at a Time. In this book Mack tells her own story from [...]

    22. This book was a trainwreck and a half. I'm glad that at the moment she seems to have her life together, but, she was supposedly sober for a 15 year stretch before her "monster reemerged from it's slumber" last time (I got this book on paperbackswap, by the way-- glad I didn't pay for it-- but, it was very nice of the previous owner to put little magazine clippings about the subject matter in the jacket of the book; when I pass it along to the next person on paperbackswap I'll leave them in there [...]

    23. As far as most people go, I'm a fairly new Mackenzie Phillips fan. In my twenties now, I was a child who grew up watching her on the Disney Channel show So Weird and I fell in love with her cool, quirky vibe and talent. So, of course, her more recent struggles were a shock to me as I knew little of her past as I wasn't born then. When I heard that she had a memoir coming out, I rushed to get it so I could learn more about the life of someone I had grown up admiring.Her life was filled with sex, [...]

    24. Second (to Valerie Bertinelli) in my tour of the "one day at a time" alumnae memoir series. I'm not usually a fan of drunk-a-logues, and the book does spend a tremendous amount of time on the details of her decades of drug addiction, relationships with married men, irresponsibility at work, and so on, but it was actually sort of a compelling read. I think one feature that makes the book different is that she's not necessarily well yet. Apparently had a long period of abstinence but relapsed badl [...]

    25. I can't say that I've been a fan of Mackenzie's but I like reading bios. I read Valerie Bertinelli's book in August and John Phillips' book a couple years ago. Plus One Day at a Time was one of my favourite shows when I was in my teens.Mackenzie's had a wacky childhood but I couldn't feel any sympathy for her at all as I was reading this book.She still definitely needs help. She has been exposed to and addicted to drugs for most of her life (and she tells you all the details about it) and has [...]

    26. 'High on Arrival' by Mackenzie Phillips is a heart wrenching read of a woman who was raised by the typical musical star of the 1960's and 1970's. It is a good read to get a perspective on Hollywood, the music industry, and what all of it does to children raised in the confusion, drugs, and alcohol. One would hope this does not continue; however, I think that would be naive indeed to think that way.When Mackenzie Phillips released this auto-biography in 2009, it was reported that many incest vict [...]

    27. Wowwell, I finished this book but it got tough near the end to do it. I wasn't sure I really wanted to know how she ends up. Laura Mackenzie Phillips has had a FUBAR life for the past 50 years. If you don't know what FUBAR is then ask someone! She was born to 2 people who couldn't have been more different & she tried to live in both worlds but couldn't do it. So she chose the world of her screwed up rock-n-roll father, John Phillips. (Founder of the 70's band the Mama's & the Papa's)Ther [...]

    28. I don’t know how to write a review of this book - I am still reeling from it. Laura Mackenzie Phillips spares no details when discussing her life. She explains how she did drugs, when she did drugs, how her father taught her how to shoot up, how she had an incestuous relationship with her father for years, how she got pregnant and didn’t know if her dad or another guy was the father so she had to abort it, how she got clean, how she relapsed, how she was arrested, and finally how she got cle [...]

    29. The book was amazing. It was intriguing. It was distgusting. And it was sad. Not because of the circumstances, because it was sad. But because it shows how drugs can ruin and run someone's life. I have been a The Mama's and the Papa's fan since I was young. It always went: Elvis. The Beatles. The Mama's and the Papas. So I was intrigued with the book. I read it in less than 3 days. I literally couldn't put it down. Her drug addiction. The thing with her father. Her recovery. Her relapse. Then he [...]

    30. As a huge fan of The Mamas and The Papas and a watcher of "One Day at a Time" I was curious to read the "daughter's story". I knew about the drugs and the crazy lifestyle, what I didn't know was about the incest. And while it is sort of the bombshell of the book, it is by no means the whole story.I believe in truth-telling; I think in the end we are rendered more compassionate and empathetic for it. I am sorry not everyone sees it that way. Incest is never consensual, even if the victim is a leg [...]

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