- Meg Raymond
Thanks for contacting the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a Book Match. We LOVE to connect readers to the right books!
You wanted something similar to "Tweak" by Nic Sheff. One book list you might like is called "Only When I Laugh", which has non-fiction titles about people facing life's greatest hurts - catastrophe, calamity, illness, reversal of fortune and death - with clarity, wit, and above all, humor.
Other "addiction memoirs" you might like:
Did you know that Nic Sheff's father wrote a book about his son's addiction from another point of view? Try "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" by David Sheff
"Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" by Chelsea Handler. In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. (product description).
"Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" by Koren Zailckas. She explains that while kids are taught that drugs are always dangerous, alcohol is perceived as an acceptable rite of passage. Her book is deeply moving, written in poetic, nuanced prose that never obscures the dangerous truths she seeks to reveal. (From Publisher's Weekly)
"Slackjaw" by Jim Knipfel. Who would have thought a memoir about going blind and suffering from severe depression could be so funny? (from
"Dry: a Memoir" by Augusten Burroughs. Burroughs's personal life is a disaster. His apartment is a sea of empty Dewar's bottles, he stays out all night boozing, and he dabs cologne on his tongue in an unsuccessful attempt to mask the stench of alcohol on his breath at work. When his employer insists he seek help, Burroughs ships out to Minnesota for detoxification, counseling, and amusingly told anecdotes about the use of stuffed animals in group therapy. (from Amazon.com)
"A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. (This) rage-fueled memoir is
kept in check by Frey's cool, minimalist style. Like his steady mantra, "I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug Addict and I am a Criminal," Frey's use of repetition takes on a crisp, lyrical quality which lends itself to the surreal experience. (from Amazon.com)
I hope you like these titles. All of them are owned by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. If you have a CRRL library card you may put any (or all!) of them on hold, either through the "library catalog"
link at http://www.librarypoint.org or by calling the branch library nearest you.
M. E. Raymond
Salem Church Road branch