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Drinking: A Love Story
Drinking: A Love Story
by Caroline Knapp
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Drinking: A Love Story is about Caroline Knapp's struggle with alcoholism and getting sober after 20 years of hard drinking. This book spoke to me personally and parallels my life closely. Knapp's writing is so stark and honest that anyone in recovery... (read more)

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The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own.
The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own.
by David Carr
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After years of sobriety, each of David Carr's daughters wrote a personal essay at college, and the stories they told about their lives didn't jibe with his memory. How much did he remember? How much did he ever know? Carr decided to report his past. The... (read more)

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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
by Koren Zailckas
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Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattanand#8217;s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her familyand#8217;s idyllic Long... (read more)

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A Comedy & a Tragedy: A Memoir of Learning How to Read and Write
A Comedy & a Tragedy: A Memoir of Learning How to Read and Write
by Travis Hugh Culley
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"Author Culley (The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power) recounts his difficult childhood in 1980s Miami in this heartfelt memoir. He was the youngest son of an abusive father and an emotionally absent mother. At age eight, Culley... (read more)

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iwant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life
iwant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life
by Jane Velez Mitchell
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In iWant, investigative journalist and author Jane Velez-Mitchell traces her unique quest for an addiction-free life over the course of many years, detailing her struggles to stop drinking, smoking, overeating, and overworking. During this journey, Velez-... (read more)

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Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor
Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor
by Christian Hosoi
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Raised at the legendary Marina Del Rey Skatepark—where his father was the manager and the Dogtown and Z-Boys crew were his mentors—Christian Hosoi never questioned that he would become a full-time skateboarder. But no one could have... (read more)

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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
by Nic Sheff
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It was like being in a car with the gas pedal slammed down to the floor and nothing to do but hold on and pretend to have some semblance of control. But control was something I'd lost a long time ago. Nic Sheff’s tale of addiction and recovery... (read more)

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A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
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At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he... (read more)

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Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story
by Frank Meeink and Jody M. Roy
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Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink's raw telling of his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred. Frank's violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate, while addiction made... (read more)

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Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
by Gail Caldwell
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They met over their dogs. Both writers, Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story, became best friends, talking about everything from their shared history of a struggle with alcohol, to their relationships with men and colleagues,... (read more)

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Acrobaddict
Acrobaddict
by Joe Putignano
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Follow the author as he goes on a harrowing journey from the US Olympic Training Center to homeless shelters to shooting heroin on the job to being declared dead. This story goes beyond addiction. It is about the fragility and tenacity of the human... (read more)

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From Harvard To Hell... and Back (13 Edition)
From Harvard To Hell... and Back (13 Edition)
by Sviokla
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Dr. Sylvester "Skip" Sviokla lived life as a successful, driven, athletic, and brilliant graduate of Harvard Medical School, reveling in wealth and glamour as a "celebrity doctor" until addiction brought his life crashing down. This real-life "Dr. House"... (read more)

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Stuart: A Life Backwards
Stuart: A Life Backwards
by Alexander Masters
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Chapter One ‘It was cutting me throat what got me this flat. Stuart pushes open the second reinforced door into his corridor, turns off the blasting intercom that honks like a foghorn whenever a visitor presses his front bell, and bumps into his... (read more)

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Happy: A Memoir
Happy: A Memoir
by Alex Lemon
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"Alex Lemon takes his reader inside the terror and strangeness of illness — and gives us, along the way, a loving portrait of a devoted, wonderfully nutty mother. Lemon is a brave, headlong writer, and he captures the life of the body with vivid... (read more)

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We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
by Nic Sheff
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In his bestselling memoir Tweak, Nic Sheff took readers on an emotionally gripping roller-coaster ride through his days as a crystal meth and heroin addict. Now in this powerful follow-up about his continued efforts to stay clean, Nic writes candidly... (read more)

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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
by Nic Sheff
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"An unflinching chronicle of life as an addict." -- U.S. News and World Report... (read more)

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Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity
Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity
by Kerry Cohen
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"Cohen's brutal honesty about her relentless quest for companionship is refreshingly relatable." --Entertainment Weekly "Cohen recounts her harrowing litany of hookups through clear, poignant, spare-no-details prose." --Marie Claire... (read more)

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Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict
Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict
by Irene Vilar
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Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage — a union of impossible odds — and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is... (read more)

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If I Die Before I Wake: A Memoir of Drinking and Recovery
If I Die Before I Wake: A Memoir of Drinking and Recovery
by Barb Rogers
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Barb Rogers' book begins with the tragic death of her teenage son, and delves into the horror that was her life to that point. Due to a home life fraught with substance and emotional abuse, Barb found herself bottomed out more than once, and homeless... (read more)

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Happy: A Memoir
Happy: A Memoir
by Alex Lemon
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His freshman year of college, Alex Lemon was supposed to be the star catcher on the Macalester College baseball team. He was the boy getting every girl, the hard-partying kid everyone called Happy. In the spring of 1997, he had his first stroke. For two... (read more)

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