High On Arrival - Mackenzie Phillips

High On Arrival

By Mackenzie Phillips

  • Release Date: 2009-09-23
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 418 Ratings


Not long before her fiftieth birthday,Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for One Day at a Time, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.

Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father's friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom.

When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in American Graffiti. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father's trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father.

As her astounding, outrageous, and often tender life story unfolds, the actor-musician-mother shares her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions. She overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles again and again and journeys toward redemption and peace. By exposing the shadows and secrets of the past to the light of day, the star who turned up High on Arrival has finally come back down to earth -- to stay.


  • So so

    By reese and more
    If she was as high or strung out as she was how could she remember dialogue so vividly? And circumstances? I applaud her honesty but it was so repetitious with descriptions of being high I lost track.
  • Unbelievable

    By 'lil Matty P 2020
    Great read
  • High on Arrival

    By Fisherman04
    This is a wonderful book & so well written!! My heart ached for you, Makinzie. You sure went thru a lot during your life & always seem to bounce back. I am very glad I read this book. Linda Thoma
  • Blown Away!!

    By KatieBress
    I was recommended this book by a podcast I follow, juicy scoop if you're interested, and Man did in NOT disappoint!! Grew up listening to The Mamas and the Papas with my parents so I was already a little intrigued. Great and humbling read.
  • Loved it!

    By KeiKeiJones
    Couldn't put it down
  • Hmmm

    By Berrygyrl59
    My morbid sense of curiosity made me read this book. It was interesting as far as historical facts for the timeline of MP's life (I am the same age). A little weird, but drug addiction isn't exactly normal then, is it? A negative comment I have is that in the acknowledgments, MP does not mention Rosie, Nancy, Patty or Dini. Is there some reason for that? I can't believe they were left out as Rosie was MP's caregiver for such a very long time. And Nancy and Patty were a big part of the 'story'. And Dini is MP's Grandmother for God's sake. A 'shame on you' is required.
  • Uncomfortably honest and raw

    By Meduh9980
    This book is definitely a page turner. I read it in 1 day. The way that Mackenzie can stay positive through everything she has lived through is truly inspiring... This book is shocking in its revelations, and one can't help but be completely heart broken for Mack. I'm glad she got her life together in the end and I hope she never relapses again.
  • High on Arrival

    By Heather Baca
    Great book, very touching and real. Some parts were very sad and hit close to home. I'm so glad she is sober!
  • High on arrival

    By Ron (real name)
    Honest brutal soulful scary sad glad uninhibited well written and very cool Would make an Acadamy Award winning movie for sure 5 stars
  • Wow

    By Lipsq12
    Never really followed any of the people in this book actors or musically, although I know who they are. What inspired me to read this I will never know but it was wonderful. Im not any of the things in this book, but I was compelled to relate to the sheer humanity, the struggle and desire to come clean on all levels. I don't feel like I was a voyer into another celebrity's private self, but walked a way with a respect for struggle and her ability to never stop loving . Lesson learned.