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“Lon Ian Lichtenberg was born in The Bronx on May 22, 1961. He weighed six pounds and two ounces, was blue-eyed and beautiful. It was a very normal birth, but not so his life to come.” Lonny Love by Gloria Lichtenberg is a biography about the author’s son, Lonny, a drug addict and dealer, who was finally rehabilitated. Lonny’s roller-coaster life is chronicled in short chapters through Gloria’s simple yet insightful writing as she weaves love, hope, and sorrow into this memoir.
Lonny has a wonderful family and friends who tried and tried to guide him back to the drug-free life, but it was easier said than done. Some personal photos are included so we could put a face to the young man who started looking into a bright future, spiraled down into a drug ridden life, then got back onto his feet and lived again, albeit with the consequences of his past mistakes. Drugs, homelessness, rehab, jail, and detox eventually led to HIV, Lola, new friends, BOGO (Buy One, Get One), Dunkin' Donuts, watching his favorite TV shows and much more.
All in all, Lonny Love is heartrending but witty and informative at the same time. It is also a walk down Memory Lane for me, looking back at life in the '80s and '90s. Written in an easy, pulp-fiction style, the reading was a breeze and deeply engaging. I wish all biographies could be written like this. Apart from all the negative things he did, Lonny was a loving son, brother, friend, funny and compassionate guy, and much loved by everyone. A laudable biography from Gloria and a great tribute to Lonny.