With her trial looming, an FBI agent approaches Scilla with an offer: find the source of a new drug epidemic and avoid conviction for her role in the accident. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity. Alcoholics make for unreliable narrators. Which is why no one believes Rachel when she tells the police what she saw that day on the train. But Rachel knows what she saw. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.
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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Jeanette Wells and her siblings grew up with a father who was charismatic and loving when sober, dishonest and destructive when drunk. Her mother was a loving but mercurial, and the Wells children learned how to fend for themselves. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.
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The Good House by Ann Leary. This is hands down the most accurate portrayal of what it feels like to be a blackout drinker in denial that I have ever read. But when Hildy becomes privy to a web of town secrets, her increasingly uncontrollable drinking threatens everything. If you can get this one on audio, I highly recommend it.
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When she witnesses the murder of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer, she must reconcile her two different worlds. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance.
Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and solve the puzzle. Carl Hart. Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos. In Hole in My Life, Gantos describes how— once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell — moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. How to Murder Your Life is an unforgettable, charged account of a young female addict, so close to throwing her entire life away.
All we can do is get up, dust ourselves off and keep walking. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. Gabor Mate. Anyone who wants to understand the complex roots of addiction should familiarize themselves with Dr.
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Mate has worked with drug addicts in some of the most dire straights. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
In the sequel to Always Running , Luis Rodriguez recounts his last days in prison as a teenager and his struggle with heroin addiction, and staying away from the life that put him in prison in the first place. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. John Barleycorn by Jack London. Junky by William S. He is bright and articulate. Learning Not to Drown by Ann Shinoda. Loving an addict can be just as harrowing as being an addict.
How far will the family go to protect someone they love? Lit by Mary Karr. Memoirs about getting sober need at least a dash of humor to be tolerable. Fortunately, Mary Karr is freaking hilarious and her sobriety memoir has witty, dry pun intended, thank you very much humor on every page. There, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya Vidal writes her story, which includes pursuit by a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
In the process, she unveils a terrible family secret, comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul. The meth epidemic was at its peak in the early aughts, and few places were more affected that rural communities.
Journalist Reding tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa pop. A compassionate portrayal of all those afflicted by a situation increasingly out of their control. The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst. After finding literary notoriety with Prozac Nation , Wurtzel penned this memoir about her descent into addiction and path to sobriety. Like Drinking: A Love Story , Wurtzel vividly describes the need inherent in addiction—-the unquenchable driving force that that fuels the addiction despite all negative consequences.
A teenage girl gets hooked on drugs and forced into prostitution. The United States has a prison problem. The Night of the Gun by David Carr. NW by Zadie Smith. These Londoners inhabit a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. A band of hobo vampire junkies roam the blighted landscape—trashing supermarket breakrooms, praying to the altar of Poison Idea and GG Allin at basement rock shows, crashing senior center pancake breakfasts—locked in the thrall of Robitussin trips and their own wild dreams.
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos. A teenage girl searches for her missing addict brother.
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In doing so, she must face painful realities about her family and herself. Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher. Some thought of her as a princess, others a general, but to me, Carrie Fisher was the darkly comedic recovering addict, mental health advocate. Her first novel follows a young actress as she works through her drug addiction and early sobriety.
Rabbit Ears by Maggie Devries. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work. Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte. Michael J. Miletic, a leading sports psychiatrist.
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Recovery Road by Blake Nelson. Madeline gets out and starts to regain her feet. But when Stewart joins her, both still are severely troubled, and he is getting worse. Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. Saint Iggy by K. A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. The Shining by Stephen King. And yes, you read that right.