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Dominca Ruta grew up in a working class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash filled house on a dead end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh.  Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose high brow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life.  With or Without You is the story of Ruta's unconventional coming of age - a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit 90's youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.

Twenty years after his last drink Pete Hamill looks back on his early life.  As a child during the depression and World War II he learned that drinking was to be an essential part of being a man, it was only later he discovered its ability to destroy lives.

In this no. 1 Dutch bestseller, renowned neuroscientist Dick Swaab presents a biography of the human brain, from infancy to adulthood to old age, revealing how our most mysterious organ predetermines nearly everything about us.  Drawing on a half century of his own groundbreaking research, Swaab shows that everything we think, do, and refrain from doing is determined by our brain.  In other words, we don't just have brains; we are our brains.

For many years, scientists believed that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult one.  Over the last decade, however, neurology and neuroscience have revealed that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development.  Interweaving clear summary and analysis of research data with anecdotes drawn from her years as a clinician, researcher, and public speaker, renowned neurologist Frances E. Jensen, MD, explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the context of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision making.

Amy Caruso was a junior in the nurising program at Boston College and seemed to have everything going for her.  But in November 2009, she admitted she was a heroin addict and voluntarily entered treatment.  Five weeks later, just shy of her twenty-first birthday, she died from an overdose at the treatment facility.  Melissa Weiksnar wrote Heroin's Puppet so parents, educators, clinicians, and young people can learn from her daughter's six-year battle with substances, especially from the journals Amy wrote while in rehab.

From the publisher: "Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can't believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they've ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish."

Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale.  It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child.  It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full blown return to crippling alcoholism.

In Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, award-winning journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, and delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girls.

Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety.  As he travels through anxiety's demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.

Guts is a beautifully-written and deeply personal memoir that is simultaneously tragic, hysterical, sweet, and heartbreakingly honest.  Johnston's intimate narrative is distinctly her own as she describes her poignant and painful descent into addiction - and yet she manages to tell her story without an ounce of self-pity or blame. 

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Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in.