High on Arrival

High on Arrival

Book - 2009
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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 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. .

Publisher: New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781439153857
Branch Call Number: Biography B Phi


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Jun 14, 2019

I went to that same high school that Mackenzie talks about a little bit in the book - Hollywood Professional School. I only attended my senior year - I had just moved from Florida. Both Mackenzie and Valerie were also seniors. We had like 20 people in our graduating class - that school was a trip! Mackenzie, Valerie B, Rae Dawn Chong, Lance Kerwin, and Leif Garrett were all there that year. Mackenzie and Valerie only attended occasionally - I remember Mackenzie had a really cool red convertible mercedes. The stories in the book about the school were right on! It was a bizarre experience - all grades 1-12 attended in the same building. I had a kid who was on another sitcom offer me qualudes in the hallway. Seriously! I just laughed and told him "no thanks". Someone needs to write a book about that school.

Jun 19, 2018

A roller coaster of a ride. Phillips is honest and brutally straightforward. Messed up parents equals addicted children? John Bradshaw thinks so. The book is a page turner - I made notes off it to review her interviews and TV appearances etc that are on YouTube.

Aug 25, 2017

Depression, recession hits the land of the free. Too many years and so many roads have passed to remember who wrote all the lyrics that go through my head when I'm slipping into darkness. Never known for my timing, delivery or material this was not the best time to read the darkest book I've read since that summer in '91 when I tried to read VC Andrews. As an ex Mormon and amateur cult scholar I am so excited to hear her speak now knowing she got clean in a Scientology rehab. I had a yuge crush on this rebel growing up and had no idea she too was struggling through the 80's. It wasn't just the drugs either. I mean who wasn't doing coke with a parent? But the rest of it was just awful. I'll be listening carefully for any cult lingo and wondering if some of these "memories" were implanted during an auditing session with an e-meter doing some aggressive regression therapy?

Feb 18, 2017

Could not finish this book - would not even give it 1 star

Apr 06, 2016

If you are a lover of non-fiction autobiographies, add this little number to your list. Mackenzie Phillips is raw and gritty, a no-holds-bar kind of book. Her life as the child of a famous rock and roll star and gaining her own fame in One Day at a Time shows how fame and too much indulgence can totally ruin your life and damage emotionally those close to you. You will not be able to put down this book

Feb 04, 2016

Fascinating book. What an amazing life. Incredible that she survived. I think Phillips is a brave woman to tell her story with such honesty.

Jan 10, 2015

A very good book. This book was hard to put down.
It deals with fame,drugs, incest, rape & the vicious ride of stardom.

Mar 09, 2011

A very brave memoir. The author chronicles a lifetime of excess, drug addiction and the struggle to get sober. Gritty, jaw dropping and outrageous, this story will keep you turning the pages late into the night. It is truly amazing that the author is alive to tell her incredible story. The paperback edition devotes a brand new chapter with respect to the damage/ fallout her book caused with her immediate family and circle of friends.

Mar 04, 2010

Very gritty and to the point autobiography. Lots of details of drugs and some incidents of incest and rape.


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