David Sheff

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David Sheff
Born Boston, Massachusetts,
United States
Residence Inverness, California
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Writer
Known for Author of Game Over, China Dawn, All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the number-1 best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, and the best seller Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy.
Spouse(s) Karen Barbour
Children Nic, Jasper, and Daisy Sheff

David Sheff is an American author of the New York Times best-selling books "Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy" and the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. In 2009, Sheff was included in the Time Magazine Time 100, The World's Most Influential People,[1] and Beautiful Boy was named the best nonfiction book of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The book also won the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers Award"[2] for nonfiction and was an Amazon Best Book of the Year (2008). He was awarded the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, and 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award.

Beautiful Boy was based on Sheff's article, "My Addicted Son," that first appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won an award for "Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addictions" from the American Psychological Association.

Sheff, a journalist, has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His interview subjects have included John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Steve Jobs, Ai Weiwei, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jack Nicholson, Ted Taylor, Carl Sagan, Betty Friedan, Barney Frank, Fareed Zakaria, and many others. In addition to Beautiful Boy, Sheff wrote the books Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He has also been an editor of New West, California, and other magazines.[3]

Sheff is on the advisory boards of the The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program “designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students,” and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Sheff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[3] Sheff, a native of Boston, MA,[3] lives in Northern California with his wife, Karen Barbour, an artist, illustrator, and author of children’s books. He has three children, Nic, Jasper, and Daisy Sheff. Nic Sheff has also written a memoir recounting his years of addiction in the book Tweak.[4]


  1. ^ The 2009 TIME 100 - David Sheff
  2. ^ Barnes & Noble: Discover Great New Writers Award
  3. ^ a b c David Sheff's home page Author's bio
  4. ^ McGrath, Charles (26 February 2008), A Twice-Told Tale of Addiction: By Father, by Son, The New York Times, retrieved 16 January 2009 

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