|Book||Problem Faced||Rock Bottom||Epiphany|
|Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster. October 7.||On top of her fully fledged alcoholism, Cheever diagnoses herself as addicted to sex partners.||Sleeping with mother’s oncologist and forgetting to pick up 6-year-old daughter as the result of a tryst. Letting basset hound Bentley eat the wedding cake at her third wedding.||Realizing that she can choose not to sleep with the sexy architect who woos her mid-interview.|
|Scattershot: My Bipolar Family by David Lovelace. Dutton. September 4.||David Lovelace confronts his bipolar disorder, while trying to help his father, mother, and brother, who all have forms of manic depression or schizophrenia.||On (manic) father’s instruction, Lovelace poisons mother by giving her too much lithium.||Discovering his kids aren’t doomed to share his family’s problems.|
|Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg. Other Press. September 9.||A Greenwich Village “hack” journalist reels when his 15-year-old daughter, Sally, has a sudden, violent crack-up.||Greenberg swallows a full dose of Sally’s medication in the attempt to “see the world as she does”; in a stupor, he stabs himself with a fork.||His wife, Pat, turns the trauma of Sally’s time in the psych ward into a modern-dance piece called Clinical Data. Greenberg fears that it is “too intense,” but Sally finds it mesmerizing and healing.|
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