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Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s youngest son has long faced struggles with substance abuse and addiction. Hunter’s life story is well publicized and many politicians sought to use his missteps against his father.
But now, Hunter will tell his own story in a memoir titled, ‘Beautiful Things’.
“We admire our son Hunter’s strength and courage to talk openly about his addiction so that others might see themselves in his journey and find hope,” said the President and First Lady Jill Biden in a statement.
Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster says the book is a “memoir of addiction, loss and survival,” and will be released April 6.
Some authors including Stephen King, Dave Eggers and Anne Lamott read the story in advance and gave Biden high praise.
King also struggled with drugs and alcohol in his early years and has since put his vices to rest.
“In AA we say it doesn’t matter if you come from Yale or jail, all addicts are the same. In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody — even the son of a United States President — can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley,” King wrote.
“FORAGED BY TRAGEDIES”
In an excerpt of the book written in the announcement Hunter says, “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
As a child Hunter and his brother Beau were injured in a car accident which killed their one-year-old sister Naomi and mother Neilia. At the time, Joe Biden had just been elected as a Delaware Senator.
In 2015, the Biden family lost Beau to brain cancer making Hunter the President’s oldest surviving child.
Gallery Books acquired the deal back in 2019 but kept the news a secret. Right around this time, former President Donald Trump took an interest in Hunter’s business decisions. In December Hunter confirmed his finances were being investigated by the justice department. He continues to claim his taxes are accurate.