I received a copy of NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS by Kristi Coulter from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The title and cover caught my attention, but the synopsis had me intrigued.
This is Kristi’s debut essay collection.
Nothing Good Can Come From This by Kristi Coulter
Overview – Spoiler Alert: Low
When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rose Season for yourself, you’re left with just Summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked–that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise.
In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition. By turns hilarious and heartrending, Nothing Good Can Come from This introduces a fierce new voice to fans of Sloane Crosley, David Sedaris, and Cheryl Strayed–perfect for anyone who has ever stood in the middle of a so-called perfect life and looked for an escape hatch.
Review – Spoiler Alert: Low
If I were to ever write a memoir, or a novel detailing life and my experiences as I know it, I would take a cue from NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS. Initially I was drawn to the title and the cover, but after reading the synopsis I was intrigued to find out what clarity the author discovered after being sober. I was not quite sure what to expect, but what the author delivered completely blew my mind (in a good way). I thoroughly enjoyed these essays – they were absolutely brilliant. Not only were they relatable, full of wisdom, filled with humor, warmth and compassion, but, above all – they were real. Outside of alcoholism the essays also covered being a woman, anxiety, depressions. her relationship with her parents.
My favorite essay was entitled “Permissions” – it was beautiful and I wish I had this back when I first started working post university.
Without sounding too cheesy, I believe this collection of essays can change lives.
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