Books about Addiction

  1. The Queen's Gambit

    by Walter Tevis
    A young prodigy's quest to become the best chess player in the world.

    The Queen's Gambit traces chess prodigy Beth Harmon's life from her childhood in an orphanage through her struggles with tranquilizer and alcohol addiction to her triumphant rise through the ... (Wikipedia)

  2. The Force

    by Don Winslow
    An ex-cop's mission to take down the most powerful drug cartel in the world.

    Instant New York Times Bestseller Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by the, New York Times,, NPR, Barnes & Noble,, Publisher's Weekly,, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist,, the, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  3. Glue

    by Irvine Welsh
    A gritty portrait of characters struggling with poverty, addiction, and violent crime in Edinburgh.

    Glue is the story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh schemes, and about the loyalties, the experiences - and the secrets - that hold them together into their thirties. Four boys becoming men: ... (Goodreads)

  4. Walking Disaster

    by Jamie McGuire
    A young man's journey to overcome his inner demons and find redemption.

    Continuarea mult așteptată a bestsellerului, Fericirea începe azi,, Află ce este în mintea bărbaților!, Travis Maddox a învățat două lucruri de la mama sa înainte ca aceasta să moară: Iubește mult. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  5. Naked Lunch

    by William S. Burroughs
    Surrealist exploration of addiction, delusions, and reality.

    Naked Lunch is a non-linear narrative without a clear plot. The following is a summary of some of the events in the book that could be considered the most relevant. The book begins with the ... (Wikipedia)

  6. Tales of Ordinary Madness

    by Charles Bukowski
    Poignant, darkly humorous exploration of life as a struggling artist in Los Angeles.

    Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, Chekhov and Hemingway, Bukowski's writing is passionate, extreme and has attracted a cult following, while his life was as weird and wild as the tales he wrote. This ... (Goodreads)

  7. Mother's Milk

    by Edward St. Aubyn
    A darkly humorous exploration of a dysfunctional upper-class family, grappling with addiction, trauma, and the legacy of abuse.

    The story follows Patrick Melrose through his forties. The novel explores themes of maternal love, parenthood, nostalgia, and infancy. It follows Patrick as he and his wife Mary are consumed by ... (Wikipedia)

  8. The Girl on the Train

    by Paula Hawkins
    A suspenseful tale of a woman's unraveling of a mysterious disappearance.

    The story is a first-person narrative told from the point of view of three women: Rachel Watson, Anna Boyd, and Megan Hipwell. Rachel Watson is a 33-year-old alcoholic, reeling from the end of her ... (Wikipedia)

  9. Requiem for a Dream

    by Hubert Selby Jr.
    A tale of four characters and their struggles with addiction, leading to a devastating climax.

    This story follows the lives of Sara Goldfarb, her son Harry, his girlfriend Marion Silver, and his best friend Tyrone C. Love, who are all searching for the key to their dreams in their own ways. In ... (Wikipedia)

  10. Infinite Jest

    by David Foster Wallace
    A journey through the absurdist world of entertainment, drugs, addiction & death.

    There are four major interwoven narratives: , These narratives are connected via a film, Infinite Jest , also referred to in the novel as "the Entertainment" or "the samizdat ". The film is so ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Jesus' Son

    by Denis Johnson
    A collection of short stories exploring life of addiction and redemption.

    Jesus' Son , the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy and marks a new level of ... (Goodreads)

  12. Trainspotting

    by Irvine Welsh
    An exploration of the gritty underworld of drug addiction, told through the eyes of a group of characters.

    The Skag Boys, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mother Superior - Narrated by Renton. Mark and Simon (a.k.a. Sick Boy) are watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme video when they decide to go buy heroin from ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Marabou Stork Nightmares

    by Irvine Welsh
    A young man struggles to make sense of the chaotic world around him.

    Roy Strang narrates the book from an (at first) unexplained coma, which he has been in for the previous two years. His life in this state is a miserable affair, surrounded by uncaring doctors and his ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Delicious Foods

    by James Hannaham
    A young boy is sold into modern-day slavery on a farm in Louisiana. His mother sets out to find him, encountering a cast of eccentric characters along the way.

    Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs to erase the trauma. In this fog of grief, she is lured with the promise of a great job to a mysterious farm ... (Goodreads)

  15. Cherry

    by Mary Karr
    Memoir of a young woman's struggles with addiction, love, and self-discovery in 1980s Texas.

    This memoir of adolescence follows the earlier volume by Mary Karr, The Liars' Club . In Cherry , we find Karr once again trying to run from the thrills and terrors of her psychological and physical ... (Goodreads)

  16. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

    by Koren Zailckas
    A memoir of teenage alcoholism and its destructive consequences.

    Garnering a vast amount of attention from young people and parents, and from book buyers across the country, Smashed became a media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. Eye-opening and utterly ... (Goodreads)

  17. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines

    by Nic Sheff
    A young man's personal account of his struggles with addiction and how he overcame them.

    The story that inspired the major motion picture, Beautiful Boy, featuring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet,., This, New York Times, bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine ... (Goodreads)

  18. Candy

    by Luke Davies
    A love story between a young poet and a heroin-addicted artist, exploring the highs and lows of addiction and passion.

    "Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She's breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. ... (Goodreads)

  19. Clapton: The Autobiography

    by Eric Clapton
    A memoir of the life, struggles, and successes of musical icon Eric Clapton.

    I found a pattern in my behavior that had been repeating itself for years, decades even. Bad choices were my specialty, and if something honest and decent came along, I would shun it or run the other ... (Goodreads)

  20. The Basketball Diaries

    by Jim Carroll
    A teenage boy's struggles with addiction and his journey of self-discovery.

    The urban classic coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, and basketball. Jim Carroll grew up to become a renowned poet and punk rocker. But in this memoir of the mid-1960's, set during his ... (Goodreads)

  21. Angels in America

    by Tony Kushner
    Epic story of America in the midst of the AIDS crisis, exploring themes of identity, loss, and hope.

    Set in New York City, the play takes place between October 1985 and February 1986. , The play begins with the funeral of Sarah Ironson, an elderly Jewish woman, whose rabbi eulogizes not only her, ... (Wikipedia)

  22. Glass

    by Ellen Hopkins
    A gripping story about four teens struggling with personal issues, told in verse.

    Kristina thinks that now she has a baby to care for and love, she can quit her addiction . But she finds herself searching for Robyn, her old contact for the "street crank". While at Robyn's house ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Dry

    by Augusten Burroughs
    A memoir of alcoholism, mental illness, and the search for redemption.

    You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. ... (Goodreads)

  24. The Swan Thieves

    by Elizabeth Kostova
    A renowned psychiatrist unravels the mystery of a patient's obsession with painting swans.

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery ... (Goodreads)

  25. Maya's Notebook

    by Isabel Allende
    A teenage girl's journey towards self-acceptance, healing and freedom.

    Isabel Allende’s latest novel, set in the present day (a new departure for the author), tells the story of a 19-year-old American girl who finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after ... (Goodreads)

  26. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

    by Sam Quinones
    Exposé of the opioid crisis in America, from its origins to its devastating effects.

    In fascinating detail, Sam Quinones chronicles how, over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in a small county on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that ... (Goodreads)

  27. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

    by David Sheff
    An intimate look at a father's struggle to understand and help his son through his addiction.

    With a new afterword Now a Major Motion Picture What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through ... (Goodreads)

  28. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    by Alcoholics Anonymous
    A guidebook for those in recovery from addiction, outlining the twelve steps and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for, ISBN 0916856011 / 9780916856014, Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. Bill ... (Goodreads)

  29. Skagboys

    by Irvine Welsh
    A gritty, raw look at the lives of a group of friends in Edinburgh, struggling with poverty and addiction.

    Section 1: Tempted In 1984, Mark Renton and his father Davie have travelled to Yorkshire to take part in a picket of the coke plant. After briefly meeting his London pal Nicksy, he gets caught up in ... (Wikipedia)

  30. Junky

    by William S. Burroughs
    A gritty, autobiographical account of a man's descent into the underworld of addiction.

    Before his 1959 breakthrough, Naked Lunch , an unknown William S. Burroughs wrote Junky , his first novel. It is a candid eye-witness account of times and places that are now long gone, an ... (Goodreads)

  31. A Scanner Darkly

    by Philip K. Dick
    A dystopian tale of surveillance and paranoia in a world of drug addiction.

    The protagonist is Bob Arctor, member of a household of drug users, who is also living a double life as an undercover police agent assigned to spy on Arctor's household. Arctor shields his identity ... (Wikipedia)

  32. W is for Wasted

    by Sue Grafton
    Detective Kinsey Millhone investigates the death of a young woman whose life was ruined by drugs and alcohol.

    The narrative is set in Santa Teresa, a small fictional town near the California coast where Kinsey lives and spends time with her elderly landlord. The story, however, takes place in the very real ... (Wikipedia)

  33. Rachel's Holiday

    by Marian Keyes
    Rachel's addiction to drugs and alcohol leads her to rehab, where she confronts her past and learns to face her present.

    Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters – Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford ... (Goodreads)

  34. Postcards from the Edge

    by Carrie Fisher
    Semi-autobiographical novel about a young actress struggling with addiction and relationships in Hollywood.

    The novel revolves around movie actress Suzanne Vale as she tries to put her life together after a drug overdose. The book is divided into five main sections: The prologue is in epistolary form , ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Catch Me

    by Lisa Gardner
    A gripping psychological thriller, uncovering the dark secrets of a young women's past.

    Charlene Grant believes she is going to die. For the past few years, her childhood friends have been murdered one by one. Same day. Same time. Now she’s the last of her friends alive, and she’s ... (Goodreads)

  36. Choke

    by Chuck Palahniuk
    A darkly humorous story of a man's journey to self-awareness through disruption and chaos.

    Choke follows Victor Mancini and his friend Denny through a few months of their lives with frequent flashbacks to the days when Victor was a child. , Victor had grown up moving from one foster home ... (Wikipedia)

  37. The Gambler

    by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    A story of addiction and gambling, and the psychological depths of a man’s desperation.

    The first-person narrative is told from the point of view of Alexei Ivanovich, a tutor working for a Russian family living in a suite at a German hotel. The patriarch of the family, The General, is ... (Wikipedia)

  38. Go Ask Alice

    by Beatrice Sparks
    A teenage girl's diary chronicling her journey into drug addiction and eventual redemption.

    In 1968, a 15-year-old girl begins keeping a diary, in which she records her thoughts and concerns about issues such as crushes, weight loss, sexuality, social acceptance, and relating to her ... (Wikipedia)

  39. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

    by Gabor Maté
    Examining the impact of addiction on individuals and society, exploring the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll.

    He would probably dispute it, but Gabor Maté is something of a compassion machine. Diligently treating the drug addicts of Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside with sympathy in his heart and ... (Goodreads)

  40. Wishful Drinking

    by Carrie Fisher
    An autobiographical account of the author's life and struggles with fame, addiction, and mental illness.

    In Wishful Drinking , Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star ... (Goodreads)

  41. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

    by Nick Flynn
    Recollections of a life lived on the edge, dealing with homelessness and mental health.

    Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing ... (Goodreads)

  42. Long Day's Journey into Night

    by Eugene O'Neill
    Tragic story of a family's struggles with addiction, emotions and guilt.

    Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play Long Day's Journey into Night is regarded as his finest work. First published by Yale University Press in 1956, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and has since ... (Goodreads)

  43. Addicted

    by Zane
    A story of a woman's struggle to overcome an addiction to drugs, alcohol and sex.

    For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved ... (Goodreads)

  44. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Nonsmokers Using the Easyway Method

    by Allen Carr
    A step-by-step guide for quitting smoking using the Easyway Method.

    A new edition of the revolutionary bestseller, with four million copies in print. Allen Carr’s innovative Easyway method—which he discovered after his own 100-cigarette-a-day habit nearly drove him ... (Goodreads)

  45. My Friend Leonard

    by James Frey
    A man's reflection on his life, and the lessons he has learned from his friend Leonard.

    The New York Times bestselling follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller A Million Little Pieces -the heartrending story of a friendship between a newly-sober James and the charismatic, ... (Goodreads)

  46. A Million Little Pieces

    by James Frey
    An addict's story of recovery, as he struggles to overcome his demons.

    Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented ... (Goodreads)

  47. Scar Tissue

    by Anthony Kiedis
    Autobiographical account of the highs and lows of a rock star's career.

    Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock's most provocative figures Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's searingly honest memoir of a life spent in the fast lane. In 1983, four ... (Goodreads)

  48. Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    by Charles R. Cross
    An in-depth look at the life of the Nirvana frontman, exploring his legendary career and tumultuous life.

    The art of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was all about his private life, but written in a code as obscure as T.S. Eliot's. Now Charles Cross has cracked the code in the definitive biography Heavier Than ... (Goodreads)

  49. Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F.

    by Christiane Vera Felscherinow
    An autobiographical account of a teenage girl's battle with addiction, amidst a chaotic and turbulent life.

    13-year-old Christiane Felscherinow lives with her mother, younger sister, and her pet cat in their small apartment in an unkempt multi-storey, concrete social-housing building in a dull ... (Wikipedia)

  50. Valley of the Dolls

    by Jacqueline Susann
    Three women's pursuit of fame and fortune, their struggles with addiction and ambition.

    In 1945, beautiful ingenue Anne Welles moves to New York to start a new life, seeking to escape the ennui of her hometown of Lawrenceville, Massachusetts . She quickly finds employment as a secretary ... (Wikipedia)

  51. The Thirst

    by Jo Nesbø
    Detective Harry Hole investigates a series of murders related to a sinister new drug.

    The novel features a killer who returns from Harry Hole's past and whom he failed to apprehend previously, but with a frightening new method of killing his victims by biting the victim's body with ... (Wikipedia)

  52. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

    by Sarah Hepola
    A candid memoir of a woman's journey to reclaim her life from alcohol abuse.

    A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor,, Blackout, is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure — the sober life she never wanted. For Sarah Hepola, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  53. I Am Not Myself These Days

    by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
    A young man's journey of self-discovery and acceptance in an open relationship.

    The New York Times bestselling, darkly funny memoir of a young New Yorker's daring dual life—advertising art director by day, glitter-dripping drag queen and nightclub beauty-pageant hopeful by ... (Goodreads)

  54. Bright Lights, Big City

    by Jay McInerney
    A young man's journey of personal growth, navigating the chaos of New York City.

    The story's narrator is a 24-year-old writer who works as a fact checker for a highbrow magazine for which he had once hoped to write. By night, he is a cocaine -using party-goer seeking to lose ... (Wikipedia)

  55. Alcoholics Anonymous

    by Alcoholics Anonymous
    A guidebook for those struggling with alcohol addiction, offering a 12-step program to achieve sobriety and maintain recovery.

    It's more than a book. It's a way of life., Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book,-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939,, Alcoholics Anonymous, sets forth cornerstone ... (Goodreads)

  56. Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

    by Norman Ohler
    Examines the Nazi regime's widespread use of drugs to fuel its war machine.

    In this highly original book, a bestseller in Germany, Norman Ohler investigates the murky, chaotic world of drug use in the Third Reich. There have been other books on Dr Morell's cocktail of ... (Goodreads)

  57. Green River, Running Red

    by Ann Rule
    True story of serial killer, his victims, and the small town they called home.

    In this provocative and eye-opening classic of investigative journalism, the #1, New York Times, bestselling author and “America’s best true-crime writer” (,Kirkus Reviews,), Ann Rule, explores the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  58. Cut

    by Patricia McCormick
    A teenage girl's journey to reclaim her identity after a stay in a mental health facility.

    Fifteen-year-old Callie McPherson of Mississauga isn't speaking to anybody, not even to her therapist at Sea Pines (nicknamed "Sick Minds"), the residential treatment facility where her parents and ... (Wikipedia)

  59. The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat

    by James Bowen
    A heartwarming tale of a man and his cat, Bob, as they navigate the ups and downs of life on the streets of London.

    James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his ... (Goodreads)

  60. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

    by Johann Hari
    Investigative look into the history and consequences of drug prohibition.

    New York Times Bestseller It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, ... (Goodreads)

  61. Possible Side Effects

    by Augusten Burroughs
    A humorous, darkly satirical look at the pharmaceutical industry and its effects on individuals.

    National Bestseller From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection of true stories yet. From nicotine gum addiction to ... (Goodreads)

  62. My Booky Wook

    by Russell Brand
    Comedian's autobiographical account of his rise to fame and his struggle with addiction.

    In 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out’s Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, and Most Stylish Man by GQ’s Men. ... (Goodreads)

  63. The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

    by Nikki Sixx
    A brutally honest account of a musician's struggle with addiction, and his path to recovery.

    Set against the frenzied world of heavy metal superstardom, the co-founder of Motley Crue offers an unflinching and gripping look at his own descent into drug addiction. It follows him during the ... (Goodreads)

  64. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

    by Annie Grace
    A guide to breaking free from alcohol addiction by understanding the science behind it and changing one's mindset towards it.

    This Naked Mind, has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol. Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part ... (Barnes & Noble)

  65. The Fuck-Up

    by Arthur Nersesian
    A young man's life spirals out of control as he struggles with addiction, relationships, and finding his place in the world.

    Arthur Nersesian's underground literary treasure is an unforgettable slice of gritty New York City life. This is the darkly hilarious odyssey of an anonymous slacker. He's a perennial couch-surfer, ... (Goodreads)

  66. The Room

    by Hubert Selby Jr.
    A raw and intense portrayal of the lives of several individuals living in poverty and desperation in a single room.

    The novel centers on a nameless petty criminal locked in a remand cell, and explores his feelings of impotence, hatred and rage, and fantasies of revenge. , Selby described the critical reception of ... (Wikipedia)

  67. Fallout

    by Ellen Hopkins
    A novel in verse about three teenagers struggling with addiction, love, and family secrets in a small town.

    Hunter. Autumn. Summer.,Different homes. Different guardians. Different last names.,Different lives.,But there is one person who binds them together.,Kristina,. Nineteen years after Kristina Snow met ... (Goodreads)

  68. The Girl Before

    by Rena Olsen
    A young woman's life is shattered when she discovers her parents have been involved in a child trafficking ring.

    In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t? ... (Goodreads)

  69. Far From You

    by Tess Sharpe
    After a tragic accident, Sophie struggles with addiction and PTSD while trying to solve her best friend's murder.

    * "This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery." -,Kirkus Reviews ,(starred review) , * "Sharpe ... (Barnes & Noble)

  70. Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

    by Kerry Cohen
    A candid memoir of a woman's journey through promiscuity, exploring the emotional and psychological effects of her experiences.

    For everyone who was that girl., For everyone who knew that girl., For everyone who wondered who that girl was. Kerry Cohen is eleven years old when she recognizes the power of her body in the leer ... (Barnes & Noble)

  71. Shockaholic

    by Carrie Fisher
    A witty and candid memoir about Carrie Fisher's experiences with electroconvulsive therapy and addiction recovery.

    Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and on the heels of Wishful Drinking ’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Shockaholic takes readers on another rollicking ride into her ... (Goodreads)

  72. Prozac Nation

    by Elizabeth Wurtzel
    A young woman's personal account of her struggles with depression and her recovery journey.

    A harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant and often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of depression among ... (Goodreads)

  73. It's So Easy: And Other Lies

    by Duff McKagan
    A story of rock-n-roll excess, and a cautionary tale of redemption.

    A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, ... (Goodreads)

  74. Coreyography

    by Corey Feldman
    Memoir of child star Corey Feldman, revealing the dark side of Hollywood and his own struggles with addiction and abuse.

    "Spares no details." —Starred, Publishers Weekly, Review," An incredible read." —Richard Donner, Director,"People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  75. Perfect

    by Ellen Hopkins
    Four teenagers struggle with the pressure to be perfect in a society obsessed with appearance and success.

    From the bookjacket Critical reception to Perfect has been positive, with the LA Times saying "Hopkins is painfully adept at channeling perfectionist psychology... It's an ambitious idea, powerfully ... (Wikipedia)

  76. Run Baby Run

    by Nicky Cruz
    A former gang leader's journey of spiritual transformation, from violence to redemption.

    This is the thrilling story of Nicky Cruz's desperate battle against drugs, alcoholism, and a violent environment, as he searched for a better way of life on the streets of New York City. ... (Goodreads)

  77. Almost Transparent Blue

    by Ryū Murakami
    A group of young people in 1970s Japan indulge in drugs, sex, and violence, leading to a downward spiral of self-destruction.

    Narrated by the main character Ryū, the novel focuses on his small group of young friends in the mid-1970s. Living in a Japanese town with an American air force base , their lives revolve around sex ... (Wikipedia)

  78. Lit

    by Mary Karr
    A memoir of a young girl's spiritual awakening, overcoming traumatic circumstances.

    The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Mary Karr’s sequel to the beloved and bestselling The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” ... (Goodreads)

  79. Porno

    by Irvine Welsh
    A darkly comic look at the lives of a group of drug-addled youths in Scotland.

    The novel is divided into three sections, each of which comprises chapters with different narrators . Unlike Trainspotting which had more narrational diversity, Porno is reduced to just five ... (Wikipedia)

  80. The Atonement Child

    by Francine Rivers
    A young woman's internal struggle as she confronts her faith and her past.

    A beautiful repackaged edition of Francine Rivers's classic novel that breaks through the many taboos surrounding abortion. In one terrifying moment, Dynah Carey's perfect life is shattered by rape, ... (Goodreads)

  81. Filth

    by Irvine Welsh
    A darkly humorous story of a degenerate cop's descent into drug-fueled chaos.

    Bruce Robertson is a detective sergeant serving in Edinburgh 's " Lothian Constabulary ". Robertson is a Machiavellian, intensely misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in cocaine and alcohol ... (Wikipedia)

  82. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Stories

    by J.T. LeRoy
    A collection of stories about a young boy's tumultuous life, filled with abuse, neglect, and trauma.

    The stories are narrated by the boy Jeremiah, who at the age of four is taken away from his foster parents, the only family he's known. He is reclaimed by his mother Sarah, who had given birth to him ... (Wikipedia)

  83. The Death of Bunny Munro

    by Nick Cave
    Bunny Munro, a sex-addicted salesman, takes his young son on a road trip after his wife's suicide. Darkly humorous and disturbing.

    Set adrift by his wife's sudden death and struggling to keep a grip on reality, Bunny Munro does the only thing he can think of - with his young son in tow, he hits the road. An epic chronicle of one ... (Goodreads)

  84. Tears of a Tiger

    by Sharon M. Draper
    After a fatal car accident, a high school basketball star struggles with guilt, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

    After a car accident kills Robert, Andy's best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn't know if he can go on. He's consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident ... (Goodreads)

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