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Lucky Jim
James Hart
ISBN: 9781627782142
Foreword by Carl Bernstein
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
6 x 9
240 pages
April 11, 2017


“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

“He was poor and divorced and the dad of a special son when he met a rich, beautiful, famous woman on a train. They fell in love and married, which should have saved his life. He was twenty years sober when he picked up a crack pipe for a year, which should have killed him. There’s a gritty and marvelous memoir in there, and James Hart survived to write it—with grace, humor and a generous dose of wonder.” —Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter

“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

Lucky Jim is Jim Hart’s memoir, the story of how he survived a violent childhood home, found incredible words inside him, created a love that was both so right and so wrong, and finally found the strength to be his true self.

Jim is a master at building relationships. Charming, funny, and a great listener with a guru’s insight, 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 20+ 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.

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 of 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 and recovery communities there.
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