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Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

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Sometimes you have to go all the way down the road in order to come back up and sometimes that journey leads to a really excellent book. Each of these memoirs tells a story that is as universal as it is uniquely personal.


Basketball Diaries
by Jim Carroll

The story of a 60's New York Catholic school boy who sniffs glue at thirteen and winds up a strung out street hustler working for his next fix at age 16. Lyrical, wry, funny and so intensely raw in its depiction of his descent and his struggle to maintain, this memoir is a classic. Leaves the Leo DiCaprio film in the dust.

Basketball Diaries
Jim Carroll

The story of a 60's New York Catholic school boy who sniffs glue at thirteen and winds up a strung out street hustler working for his next fix at age 16. Lyrical, wry, funny and so intensely raw in its depiction of his descent and his struggle to maintain, this memoir is a classic. Leaves the Leo DiCaprio film in the dust.

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Drinking: A Love Story
by Caroline Knapp

Caroline Knapp's searing account of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol, the "liquid armor" she used to protect herself from life's painful realities and possibilities. So good was she at hiding her secret that for twenty years no one suspected that the attractive, Ivy League graduate and successful professional had to drink herself to sleep every night.

Drinking: A Love Story
Caroline Knapp

Caroline Knapp's searing account of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol, the "liquid armor" she used to protect herself from life's painful realities and possibilities. So good was she at hiding her secret that for twenty years no one suspected that the attractive, Ivy League graduate and successful professional had to drink herself to sleep every night.

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Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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Spent
by Avis Cardella

A deeply personal and shockingly dramatic exploration of what happens when Cardella's life is consumed by her uncontrollable desire to shop.

Spent
Avis Cardella

A deeply personal and shockingly dramatic exploration of what happens when Cardella's life is consumed by her uncontrollable desire to shop.

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Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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Leaving Dirty Jersey
by James Salant

In stark prose infused with heartbreaking insight, wicked humor, and complete veracity, Salant provides graphic descriptions of life on crystal meth - He details the slang, the scams, the endless craving, the paranoia and, psychoses, and weaves them into a narrative that is breathtakingly honest and authentic. A compulsively readable, superbly told story that is shocking precisely because it could happen to almost anyone.

Leaving Dirty Jersey
James Salant

In stark prose infused with heartbreaking insight, wicked humor, and complete veracity, Salant provides graphic descriptions of life on crystal meth - He details the slang, the scams, the endless craving, the paranoia and, psychoses, and weaves them into a narrative that is breathtakingly honest and authentic. A compulsively readable, superbly told story that is shocking precisely because it could happen to almost anyone.

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11 Powerful Stories of Addiction and What Comes After

By Hilary Krutt | May 10, 2016

Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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Food and Loathing
by Besty Lerner

Betsy Lerner details her twenty-year struggle with depression and compulsive eating and in doing so exposes the insidious nature of women's secret life with food. A powerfully rendered story for anyone who has every wielded a fork in despair or calculated her worth on the morning scale.

Food and Loathing
Besty Lerner

Betsy Lerner details her twenty-year struggle with depression and compulsive eating and in doing so exposes the insidious nature of women's secret life with food. A powerfully rendered story for anyone who has every wielded a fork in despair or calculated her worth on the morning scale.

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Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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Tweak
by Nic Sheff

This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery and complements his father’s parallel memoir, "Beautiful Boy".

Tweak
Nic Sheff

This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery and complements his father’s parallel memoir, "Beautiful Boy".

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11 Powerful Stories of Addiction and What Comes After

By Hilary Krutt | May 10, 2016

Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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My Booky Wook
by Russell Brand

Sex, sex and more sex and some drugs too. A gleeful and candid autobiography of addiction, recovery, and fame from Russell Brand, the star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, ex-Mr. Katy Perry, and one of the biggest personalities in modern comedy.

My Booky Wook
Russell Brand

Sex, sex and more sex and some drugs too. A gleeful and candid autobiography of addiction, recovery, and fame from Russell Brand, the star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, ex-Mr. Katy Perry, and one of the biggest personalities in modern comedy.

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Everyone’s Addicted to Something: Books to Help You Pick Your Poison

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 15, 2014

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