The benefit that Jamison has over most addiction memoirs is that she is a really good writer. Her substance abuse came from a place of aimless depression, romanticizing drunken artists, and a desire to be seen. She describes the experience that addicts knows so well: loving your destroyer. I stopped reading books that I enjoyed in order to devote more time to this one, because it's compelling and true.
Forgotten classic sci-fi alert! I had watched the movie based on this (Stalker) twice, and read several essays on it before I finally read it a few weeks ago, and I was stunned that the book exceeded its legacy and hype. This is weird stuff, nearly surreal, but it all makes sense and respects your intelligence enough not to spoon feed you. It's grimly funny, too, and anyway Le Guin loved it so there you go.
*(This book is one huge trigger, FYI)* Gamboa in translation is better than most writers in their native language. When he dies people will start swearing they'd always thought he was a genius. He is. This is a book about vengeful people & Rimbaud. The writing is so good that sometimes I put it down & pace my room, going "how did he do it?!?" If you like the abyss, this is a can't-miss.
Imagine: A memoir not based in abject suffering, or narcissistic worship of its author's quirkiness, which somehow manages to cover a nation's total collapse and be filled with hilarious stories. Stefanovic speaks in a clear, honest voice on the ups and downs of family, immigration, and being a kid while nationalism rises and tears apart your homeland. I laughed, I cried, I craved Serbian snack cakes.
This book is much needed in a market filled with amateurish, poorly researched speculative nonsense by happy-go-lucky stoners with names like "Dr. Seymour Kindbud." If you like cited studies, objective descriptions of genetic processes and their interactions with the specific chemicals involved in marijuana, and the cool eye of a neuroscientist who does not appear to be a hippie lobbyist, this book is for you. The best resource available for real facts on the subject.
It's Gucci! If you love trap music or rap music or tales of insane journeys into darkness and criminal excess and creative drive, then Gucci's story is for you. The Godfather of an entire genre, notoriously not a forthcoming guy in regards to feelings, finally lets us in to his heart and memories. One of the better rap autobiographies to date.
A few weeks ago somebody looked at a pile of DVDs I had and said "That's really masculine stuff," and I said "Only because it's sci-fi, and they don't give women budgets for sci-fi movies." Well, the spacey ideas of futurist ladies can't as easily be kept from the written word, and here's a collection that'll open the doors to many queens of the genre. If you get into Joanna Russ from this, it'll already be worth it.
Yeah, JK Rowling loves it. It's that guy from Peep Show and That Mitchell & Webb Look! One of the finest minds in modern comedy turns inward and provides a hilariously honest (like "oh, I forgot it used to be that way") portrait of upbringing and its confusions. Obviously it's marketed in jest as a companion to Moran's similarly titled book, and in tone/quality that's not far from the truth!
We've been told many times that many books were the successors to Hitchhiker's Guide, and we both know that it has never been even remotely true (at all). But take it from a zealous Adams fan: This is the one. This is the highest grade of space comedy possible. The jokes, concepts, pacing, characters, and all are exhilarating. "Life is beautiful. Life is stupid." As Levar Burton says, don't take my word for it.