David Sheff

David Sheff (born 1955/56) is an American author of the books Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy and Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. In 2009, Sheff was included in Time Magazine's Time 100, The World's Most Influential People,[2] 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"[3] 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.

David Sheff
Born1955 (age 63–64)[1]
ResidenceInverness, California
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known for
  • Game Over
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
  • Vicki Sheff
    (m. 1978; div. 1988)
  • Karen Barbour

Early life and education

Sheff is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.[4] His family is of Russian-Jewish descent.[5] He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[4]


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, and Fareed Zakaria, among 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.[4]

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.

Views on addiction

Sheff is an advocate for putting addicts into therapy programs early.[6][7]

He believes life stresses and traumas are risk factors, and that therapy for these can help addiction prevention.[7] He is an advocate of life skills training to aid addiction prevention.[8][9]

Personal life

Sheff is on the advisory boards of the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program "designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide" among their students.[10] He is also an honorary board member with the International Bipolar Foundation.[11]

Sheff 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.[12]

In popular culture

In 2018, Felix van Groeningen adapted Sheff's book Beautiful Boy into a feature film of the same name. In the film, Sheff is portrayed by Steve Carell, with Timothée Chalamet as his son, Nic.[13]


  1. ^ "Father and son memoirs". EW.com.
  2. ^ Velkow, Nora (30 April 2009). "The 2009 TIME 100". Time. New York City: Meredith Corporation.
  3. ^ "Barnes & Noble: Discover Great New Writers Award". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  4. ^ a b c David Sheff's home page Author's bio
  5. ^ Sheff, David (2009). Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0547347928.
  6. ^ "When My Son Became Addicted, I Thought It Was His Problem. But Addiction Is a Family Disease. - Where Families Find Answers on Substance Use | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids". Where Families Find Answers on Substance Use | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
  7. ^ a b Sheff, David. "David Sheff On Addiction: Prevention, Treatment And Staying 'Clean'". NPR.org.
  8. ^ "Author David Sheff Focuses on the War on Prevention". KLEAN Treatment Centers. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  9. ^ Training, Botvin LifeSkills. "Botvin LifeSkills Training Most Widely Used Evidence-Based Prevention Program in Elementary Schools". www.prnewswire.com.
  10. ^ "The Jed Foundation Partners with the Clinton Foundation, Facebook & MTV - JED". JED. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  11. ^ "Honorary Board | International Bipolar Foundation". ibpf.org. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  12. ^ McGrath, Charles (February 26, 2008). "A Twice-Told Tale of Addiction: By Father, by Son". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 15, 2018). "Steve Carell & Timothée Chalamet Title 'Beautiful Boy' Sets Fall Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 20, 2018.

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Beautiful Boy (2018 film)

Beautiful Boy is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language feature debut. The screenplay, written by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. It stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan, and deals with the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son.

Beautiful Boy had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12, 2018, by Amazon Studios. The film has grossed over $13 million on a $25 million budget and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances of Carell and Chalamet. For his work, Chalamet earned nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actor Guild, BAFTA Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards

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The project marked a departure for Genesis Publications, which had previously focused on facsimile editions of historical nautical journals, including The Log of H.M.S. Bounty 1787–1789. Brian Roylance, who founded the company in 1974, said of Harrison's memoir: "I saw the song lyrics as important documents – as important as all the other things I was publishing." Genesis subsequently became a leading publisher of rock music-related illustrated books, including further titles by Harrison and Taylor, as well as books about the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, among others.I, Me, Mine was released a few months before John Lennon's murder in December 1980. Lennon had taken offence at Harrison's book, telling interviewer David Sheff: "I was hurt by it ... By glaring omission in the book, my influence on his life is absolutely zilch and nil ... I'm not in the book." Harrison, in fact, does mention Lennon several times (although not as a musical influence, which was the point of Lennon's displeasure). In December 1987, Harrison was asked about Lennon's comments by Selina Scott on the television show West 57th Street. He told her: "[Lennon] was annoyed 'cause I didn't say that he'd written one line of this song 'Taxman'. But I also didn't say how I wrote two lines of 'Come Together' or three lines of 'Eleanor Rigby', you know? I wasn't getting into any of that. I think, in the balance, I would have had more things to be niggled with him about than he would have had with me."I, Me, Mine was re-published with a new foreword by Harrison's widow, Olivia, in 2002. A third version of the book, now containing "59 additional handwritten lyrics and unpublished photographs not found in the original printing", was released in February 2017 to mark what would have been Harrison's 74th birthday.

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Sheff may refer to:


David Sheff, American author of books

Don Sheff (born 1931), American former competition swimmer

Robert Nathan Sheff (born 1945), avant-garde composer and pianist

Stanley Sheff, Hollywood-born director and writer

Will Sheff (born 1976), the frontman for the Austin, Texas-based indie band Okkervil RiverOther:

Sheff, Indiana, the name of an interlocking tower that controlled the crossing of two railroads

Sheffield, a city in England, sometimes called 'Sheff'

Sheff v. O'Neill, a 1989 lawsuit and the subsequent 1996 Connecticut Supreme Court case

Gluskin Sheff (TSX: GS), a Canadian independent wealth management firm

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