Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Six notable stories of addiction

Dan Barden is the author of the novels John Wayne and The Next Right Thing.

A native of Southern California, he teaches at Butler University, and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife, Elizabeth Barden, owner of Indianapolis’s Big Hat Books.

One of his six favorite stories of addiction, as told to The Week magazine:
Jamesland by Michelle Huneven

A novel about a group of friends who are growing, together, in hipster Los Angeles. The issues here are so completely the issues of recovery: how to live in community, how to love unselfishly, how to find your right livelihood. As one character keeps asking himself, "How do people live in this world?" Huneven's book even features the ghost of William James, the godfather of the recovery movement.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue