High On Arrival

Version: Abridged
Author: Mackenzie Phillips
Narrator: Mackenzie Phillips
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Arts & Entertainment
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (6)

Written by Meagan P on August 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Poorly written. Maybe needed a ghost writer. Wasn't amazing but feel so very sorry for her childhood

High on Arrival

Written by Anonymous on September 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I realize it is a biography but I found it very depressing. If all is true then in my opinion I'd just keep my mouth shut about some of this. Smut sells and I suppose she succeeded in her intention, "tell all and watch the $$".


Written by Anonymous on January 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting bio. She seriously messed up her life. I am surprised that she survived. The story was interesting, but kinda depressing.

High on Arrival

Written by BeckyBear on October 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very disturbing and honest. I couldn't wait until I was in my car everyday to listen to it.


Written by Anonymous on August 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

wow, I had no idea that her life was like that. Im glad she narrated, otherwise a lot of meaning would have probably been lost. With her last slip having been so recent to the time of publish... makes me wonder if she might taker her profits from the book, and slip again. Though a lot of things REALLY changed in her life this go around. Of course for her benefit, and everyone around her... I hope she does just fine and stays clean.

I feel for Laura!

Written by Heleeene from Washington, DC on July 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It's great to hear the story in her own voice. You can feel the emotion surging up in a couple of places, especially when she talks about her son. I really grew to respect her during her stint on Celebrity Rehab, so it was gratifying to have more insight to where she came from. I applaud her for her efforts and hope that she will continue in the same vein of healing and growth.

Author Details

Author Details

Phillips, Mackenzie

Mackenzie Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 60s band The Mamas and The Papas. She starred as Julie Cooper Horvath on the sitcom One Day at a Time alongside Valerie Bertinelli. Today, Phillips works at Breathe Life Healing enter in West Hollywood as a substance abuse councilor.