Alcohol Studies Research Guide: Memoirs: Family Relationship
This guide will help you navigate Alcohol Studies Research. Find articles, books, e-resources and popular books, as well as tips for writing and citing and information regarding the special collections at Rutgers University.
Sheff chronicles his son's downward spiral into methamphetamine addiction along with hard, solid facts about meth and the kinds of havoc it wreaks on individuals, families and communities both urban and rural. This honest, hopeful book deals with the pains—and joys—of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery. (Amazon Best of the Month February 2008)
This literary memoir chronicles the author’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother-charming, caustic and alcoholic and her own alcohol issues, “a treasure for fans of literature and literary memoirs, as well as anyone who's coped with alcoholics in the family” (PW Starred Review)
A searing, emotional portrait of a son who wants nothing more than the love his father will not grant him, this memoir focuses on the years Burroughs was determined to win his father's affection, despite frequent trips with his mother to escape his father's alcoholic rages. It is profoundly sad, remarkably tender, and fueled by a sense of love and reverence that only a child knows. (PW Starred Review, Library Journal Starred Review, Amazon Significant Seven, April 2008)
Miller’s memoir, her first book, describes a bizarre life growing up with a heroin-addicted father; a passive, hand-wringing mother; and an abusive brother. The nightmarish quality of her early years gradually emerges as Miller tells her story through a repetitive, almost circular narrative, constantly moving in and out of the past. Her book should appeal to readers interested in learning about addiction and its impact on families.
This moving and unforgettable memoir by Jeannette Walls describes her unusual, dysfunctional parents and poverty-stricken childhood. Her dad is a smart, magnetic and unreliable alcoholic, while her mom is artistic, free-spirited and often incredibly selfish. [...] It is a deeply satisfying and provocative coming of age account that will appeal to readers of all ages and backgrounds.