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The Odds by Stewart Onan
The Odds

Brie Beazley, January 2, 2012

Classic Stewart O'Nan. "The Odds" is well-written (natch) and has very vividly drawn characters. You get the feeling that O'Nan really knows what it's like to be jobless, nearly bankrupt, and facing the probability of divorce. This book is heart-breaking, humane, and felt too short (in a good way!) at 192 pages. Although the "The Odds" has a publishing date of January 2012, I read a copy in December 2011 (got it at Powell's), hence it was my best book of the year. Highly recommended.
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Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury
Playing with Fire

Brie Beazley, November 7, 2009

This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Actually, it's one of the best books I've ever read. I've read a lot of memoirs and biographies, and this one is brutally honest -- heartbreakingly so.

Theo Fleury's book contains many stories. It's the story of a Canadian who grew up poor on the prairies and clung to his dream like a lifeline. It's a story of a broken, lonely childhood plagued by demons and abuse. It's a story about the drive to be the best at a particular sport. It's a story of addiction to booze, drugs, and sex. It's a story of both dizzying success and financial failure. But most of all, it's a story about what it means to be human and what it's like to live in constant pain...and to find relief in things that only make matters worse.

Anyone who loves hockey (especially the Calgary Flames) will love this book. Ditto anyone who's been abused or anyone who struggles (or struggled) with substance abuse and suicidal impulses. Theo has written a book for both sports fans and those who don't care about sports. His story is painful, but it deserves to be heard. And hopefully it will help anyone who struggles with the same issues that affected him.

Thank you, Theo, for writing this book.
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