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  • Dreamland (YA edition)

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Joseph Balderama
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins

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Bloomsbury presents Dreamland (YA edition) by Sam Quinones, read by Joseph Balderama.  

As an adult book, Sam Quinones' Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Non-fiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis.   

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland

Quinones explains how the rise of the prescription drug OxyContin, a miraculous and extremely addictive painkiller pushed by pharmaceutical companies, paralleled the massive influx of black tar heroin - cheap, potent and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel.    

Introducing a memorable cast of characters - pharmaceutical pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, teens and parents - Dreamland is a revelatory account of the massive threat facing America and its heartland.

©2015 Sam Quinones (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Does what ‘Fast Food Nation’ did for fast food to Black Tar Heroin and oxycodone... A stunning journalistic journey that follows the history and narrative trajectories that lead to this entirely new style of cultivating drug addiction... I just love this book." (Marc Maron)

"This fast-moving and relatively austere account will acquaint teen readers with important elements of the opioid epidemic, though this discussion is only a gateway, if you will, to a deeper story of distress. Yet it ends on a note of quiet hope. Having hit bottom, Portsmouth, Ohio, is turning itself around. 'Once a junkie’s haven,' Mr. Quinones writes, it is now a place with a culture of recovery, 'a refuge for those seeking a new life.'" (The Wall Street Journal)

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