By Suzanne Kane This is not the usual addiction book review. Why is that? For one thing, the engrossing book written by Tom Bleakley, Serenity, is a work of fiction. This fact, however, takes nothing away from the story – or its potential impact on the reading public. The novel is a fascinating look into [...]
By Suzanne Kane In an historic move, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill that legalizes online gambling in the state, making Nevada the first state in the country to approve interstate online gambling. Nevada’s coup is in beating out New Jersey’s push to set the precedent. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, [...]
Written by a renowned psychotherapist who is herself a recovering alcoholic and drug user, From Addiction to Recovery: A Therapist’s Personal Journey is an exceedingly engaging and thoroughly engrossing personal memoir. It also will set you back on your heels if you are expecting a light and breezy journey through time. This is no filtered [...]
For fans of the work of Alan Kaufman, reading Drunken Angel might be a bit of an exercise that they’re unprepared for. On the other hand, even if you’re familiar with Kaufman’s writing, you’ll clearly be able to recognize the author’s voice in this brutally frank memoir.
With a forward by Carl Reiner and 273 pages of well-written and entertaining prose that follows, who can resist the temptation to delve inside the life and times of one of the best-known television comedians in Hollywood? Readers of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir, by Dick Van Dyke, certainly [...]
Let’s be very clear from the outset that A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard is a painful book to read. It is also a parent’s worst nightmare.
Isn’t it interesting how we can somehow find it easier to read the account of a celebrity and how he or she dealt with an addiction or process behavior than we can to recognize it in ourselves? When it comes to celebrities and eating disorders, there is certainly any number of books available to choose [...]
The title alone is enough to make you want to pick up the book, Little Madhouse on the Prairie: A True-Life Story of Overcoming Abuse and Healing the Spirit, by Marion Elizabeth Witte, and read it. But this is no charming story of a Laura Ingalls character. It is a heartfelt and often painful to [...]
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, by Howard Markel
It may seem that a book detailing the experimentation and addiction to cocaine by two respected men of science, Sigmund Freud and William Halsted, would be a dry account of the obsessive pursuits by long-dead individuals. As such, one could come to the conclusion that there’s nothing new that can be gleaned from such an [...]
Talk about a provocative title! Not only that, but the cover art shows a skull with an open mouth and colorful pills cascading into it from above. This is just a preview of what’s to come inside the pages from pharmacist addict and alcoholic Jared Combs. The book, Incomprehensible Demoralization: An Addict Pharmacist’s Journey to [...]