Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison
Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays, Kristi Coulter
The Mars Room: A Novel, Rachel Kushner
Kick-ass, gut-punch writing, especially in the voice and memories of Romy, the imprisoned-for-life stripper who is the main character in a select chorus. This story shows how a person can spend a life walking into various traps of circumstance and still remain intellectually fierce and free, and still retain some sense of connection to others. It is a sharp caution against assuming the worst (or best) of people when you know nothing of their stories and their choices. People are fundamentally mysterious. They are self motivated, but not everyone is motivated by the same things and not everyone is constrained by the same societal forces. The interesting questions posed in this book are how, where and when these individual motivations arise and take shape, and what happens when they collide. But really, read this one for the astonishing and observant writing.
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, Clarissa Pinkola Estes