All three books have three things in common. They are honest, humorous, and real. They come from a troubled time in a person's life, and shows how they dug themselves out of despair. As one publicist wrote, "uncanny wit and brutal honesty" are the perfect description of all three. Depression, anxiety, and addictions can touch our lives in many ways. Here are three amazing stories.
1. Life Lessons From a Total Failure (Nonfiction – Inspiration, Advice, Personal Growth, LGBTQ)At first the title was off-putting. I loathe the negative. This was hilarious, however. Dougherty uses self-depractating humour in a good way. I began and finished it all in one sitting on Saturday afternoon. Truly, I did! M.J. Dougherty's trials and tribulations were quite amazing. I couldn't stop reading as he hit a wall time after time. He has some amazing friends, a wonderful support network, and he is a working actor, as well. He is a risk-taker, and this is a darn good read. I was compelled!
None of us have all the right answers. Certainly not on the first try. But what we do have are experiences, mentors, friends, family, and even enemies from which we learn. From leaving home as a teenager to living and working abroad, from starting my own small business to knowing when it was time to accept defeat, from chasing my dreams to relishing life's challenges. I have embraced what makes me unique. And I hope my story inspires you to do the same.
[A percentage of every sale is donated to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.]
2. My Dad is an Alcoholic What About Me? (Non-Fiction / Parenting / Children’s Substance Abuse)
After coming to understand his own addiction, Marc Treitler was determined to make sure his own kids understood their genetic predisposition to substance abuse. Written with his daughter, Lianna, and illustrated by his son and wife, My Dad is an Alcoholic What About Me? is a candid, empowering, and user-friendly guide for pre-teens and parents to address and avoid substance abuse. It’s a kid’s guide for thwarting the substance abuse gene before it gains a foothold in any young person’s life.[A percentage of every sale is donated to the Red RoseBud Foundation, dedicated to educating and nurturing families dealing with substance abuse issues.]
3. Sobrietease (Non-Fiction / autobiography)
Martha offers insight on:
- How to recognize if you have a problem with addiction
- What to say to a friend or family member in need of help
- The best way to help an alcoholic during their recovery.
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