About “Writers On The Edge – 22 Writers Speak about Addiction and Dependency”
Writers On The Edge offers a range of essays, memoirs and poetry written by major contemporary authors who bring fresh insight into the dark world of addiction, from drugs and alcohol, to sex, gambling and food. Editors Diana M. Raab and James Brown have assembled an array of talented and courageous writers who share their stories with heartbreaking honesty as they share their obsessions as well as the awe-inspiring power of hope and redemption.
CONTRIBUTORS: Frederick & Steven Barthelme, Kera Bolonik, Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Maud Casey, Anna David, Denise Duhamel, B.H. Fairchild, Ruth Fowler, David Huddle Perie Longo, Gregory Orr, Victoria Patterson, Molly Peacock, Scott Russell Sanders, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Linda Gray Sexton, Sue William Silverman, Chase Twichell, and Rachel Yoder
About the Editors
Diana M. Raab, an award-winning memoirist and poet, is author of six books including Healing With Words and Regina’s Closet. She’s an advocate of the healing power of writing and teaches nation-wide workshops and in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
James Brown, a recovering alcoholic and addict, is the author of the memoirs, The Los Angeles Diaries and This River. He is Professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.
I have been studying addiction for several years now both through occupations and through school. I mainly study substance abuse addiction, but am finding the other areas of addiction (sex, gambling, food, etc.) to be quite intriguing as well! I truly enjoy reading books on addiction.
In all honesty, I struggled with this one a little bit. I think the reason I struggled is because it was different than anything I have ever read before. It is definitely different than any textbook I have read on addiction and it was more raw and truthful than most things you will read about addicts because I have to admit, it is difficult finding something written truthfully by the addict. The opening writing was, in my opinion, very brash. It felt very in your face, but if you can get past that, you are good to go!
It is definitely an interesting read and if you are interested in addictions, I think you will really enjoy reading this book. If addiction isn’t your thing, you’re probably not going to like it. For me personally, being an adult child of an alcoholic, I found that I could relate to some of the writings found in this book. It expanded my knowledge while feeding my interest!
If you are interested in purchasing “Writers On The Edge – 22 Writers Speak about Addiction and Dependency” you can find it on Amazon in e-book, hard cover, or paperback format!