Saturday, September 22, 2018

Nothing Good Can Come from This by Kristi Coulter

I wasn't expecting much when I picked up NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS, which is maybe why it completely blew all of my preconceived notions of what it would be about out of the water. Rather than being the typical navel-gazing novel written by your average misanthropic Gen-Yer, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OF THIS is reminiscent of early David Sedaris. It's an utterly bitter, utterly hilarious memoir of alcoholism, womanhood, and adulthood.

I devoured this memoir. It was so good. Kristi Coulter has so many valid points about how society drives people to drink, and how it can make people - especially women - feel both vulnerable and empowered. So many crucial moments of her life revolved around drink, and it became a crutch that she used to compensate for difficult moments. She never absolves herself of personal responsibility, which I liked, and she makes a point of showing how difficult it is to live with addiction.

NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OF THIS is a really poignant memoir that made me laugh and also gave me all the feels. There are a lot of "alcoholism" memoirs out there, but this is definitely one of the better ones I've ever read. You should read it, too!

Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy!

3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars

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