Substance Abuse & Addiction

Fiction and nonfiction that tell of someone's addiction to/abuse of drugs or alcohol.
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message 1: by Maryann (new)

Maryann LIT by Mary Karr

Dave Carr's memoir, The Gun in the Night, both excellent. Also the MOYERS book, forget the title...


message 2: by Karen (new)

Karen Dunaway You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again, by Julia Phillips. The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut. P


message 3: by Jack (new)

Jack Lavelle how about "Dope" by Sara Gran, and "The Last Opium Den" by Nick Tosches?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 5: by Luke (new)

Luke Widlund This list is so important and incredible. Disability Consciousness with a scope on addiction as a mental/phsycial disability is an incredible and misunderstood (fractured) lens to read through.
Fitzgerald is an easy author to sensationalize for addiction, however much of it is circuited by the jazz age culture - I'd argue the American Dream is an allegory for an addictive mindset one that traps pursuers into something that devours them completely.


message 6: by Nente (last edited Dec 23, 2016 04:40AM) (new)

Nente Added Morphine, an autobiographic story by Bulgakov. It's not sensationally written, but a kind of scary precision which horrifies even more.


message 7: by Linda Doyle (new)

Linda Doyle These two are on the list but not (in my opinion) as highly ranked as they should be-Drinking: A Love Story (Caroline Knapp) and The Night of the Gun (David Carr-wow, do I miss him and his writings).


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