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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Memoir by Leslie Jamison
Little, Brown and Company
April 3, 2018
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- Midwest Connection: Much of the book takes place in Iowa.
- Hook: With enormous empathy and wisdom, Leslie Jamison delivers a definitive and revelatory account of addiction and recovery that will resonate for years to come.
- Shelf-talker: A recovery memoir unlike any you have read, from a singular writer akin to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag.
A deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage, THE RECOVERING turns the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself.
"An astounding triumph. Profound. Achingly wise. A recovery memoir like no other." --Entertainment Weekly
Readers seeking critical insight into the recovery movement; those furthering their understanding of alcoholism and substance dependence; aficionados of riveting memoir.
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Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications.
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- "An Astonishing Addiction Memoir" from Entertainment Weekly
- "Leslie Jamison's Memoir Finds its Footing in Sobriety" from the New York Times
- "One young writer's intoxicating journey to sobriety" from USA Today
- "Incisive and expansive, Leslie Jamison's The Recovering is an addiction memoir for the ages" from the AV Club
- "Whisky, ink and the road to ruin" from the Economist
- "Can Sobriety Be as Interesting as Addiction? A Writer Wonders" from the New York Times
- "When Another Drink Will Kill You" from the Wall Street Journal
- An Interview with Leslie Jamison in The Guardian
- An Interview with Leslie Jamison in The Brooklyn Rail
- "Through the Glass Artfully" from the Financial Times
- Midwest Connection: A staff writer in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune chronicles the development of the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota.
- Hook: This on-the-ground story of a rural community transformed by profiteers rushing in to develop a massive new oilfield reads like a frontier novel.
- Shelf-talker: From boom to bust and everything in between, a surreal look at a modern-day Gold Rush in North Dakota's Bakken Oilfield.
When they heard they could earn $17,000 a month in the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota, they flooded in: the profiteers, deadbeats, ex-cons, dreamers, doers--and Maya Rao, a journalist who embedded herself in this surreal new American frontier. With an eye for the dark, humorous, and absurd, she chronicles the largest oil boom since the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska--and, as the boom receded, the people who were left behind wondering what happened to the good times and if they will ever return.
"A potent metaphor for modern American capitalism. Maya Rao's bracing dispatch from the Bakken reveals the toll of fracking on everything it touches. Keenly observed and vividly told." --Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland
Fans of American History and Economics; Readers looking for a first-hand account of life on the Bakken Shale; Those seeking critical insight into the fracking and oil industries at large.
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Maya Rao is a staff writer in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Awl, Philadelphia Inquirer, Longreads, and more.
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- Midwest Connection: Beaut is set in Des Moines, where author Donald Morrill was born and educated. Morrill holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Drake University and has been a visiting writer at the University of Iowa.
- Hook: After her house burns down, a Des Moines mother charts the loves of her life--husbands, lovers, and children--though one may be an arsonist.
- Shelf-talker: This small-press novel by a Des Moines native explores the devastating power of a mother's love. "Sharp and luminous." --Taylor Brown, Gods of Howl Mountain
If your mother decided to write about the details of her life, would you read her account? Jill Lundgrove does just that, and her children don't know what to make of it. They consider destroying the pages, for in them they find an account of their family blended by death and divorce, tested by illness and drug addiction, and unevenly duct-taped with their mother's love.
"With his debut novel, Donald Morrill shows that prose and poetry can become indistinguishable on the page just as beauty and tragedy are often indistinguishable in our lives. This is a punchy, finely written novel driven by a fierce determination to condense our humanity to the written word." --Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad
For fans of Jenni Offill's Department of Speculation, this novel will appeal to readers who love a juicy family story rendered in gorgeous prose.
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Donald Morrill is the author of the nonfiction volumes Impetuous Sleeper, The Untouched Minutes, Sounding for Cool, and A Stranger's Neighborhood, as well as three collections of poetry. He has been the Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa. A native of Des Moines, he teaches at the University of Tampa.
- Midwest Connection: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal are from Chicago, IL
- Hook: From a mother/daughter team, this is a heartwarming and joyful story that celebrates girls everywhere.
- Shelf-talker: "This book is for you. Wonderful, smart, beautiful you." Dear Girl is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life.
Written by mother-daughter duo Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, Dear Girl, is a perfect book for the special girl in your life. Dear Girl, encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are--inside and out.
“Abundantly necessary. Holly Hatam’s simple, stark style and limited palette reflect the essential and basic nature of equality, conveying that Dear Girl can be any girl. Dear Girl ends with love. Scary times call for extra love.” --New York Times Book Review
Parents age 25+ / millennial moms and dads of female children ages 0-10
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Paris Rosenthal, Amy's daughter, is a student at Quest University outside of Vancouver. She plays on the soccer team there and is a member of a women's empowerment-themed hip-hop dance troupe. She has studied a wide range of subjects this year but her favorite class thus far? Prose and Poetry. She clearly takes after her mother.