Consider this month’s Hot Off the Press a Santa Barbara-flavored variety pack for 2009. Whether your New Year’s resolutions involve recommitting to gardening, casting off your addictions, embarking on more ocean adventures, scrap-booking about your UCSB days, or simply taking more time to read for pleasure, one of these S.B. authors will have published something right up your alley.
I Quit! Cigarettes, Candy Bars & Booze
by Linda Joy Allan
In I Quit!, Linda Joy Allan takes the already wildly popular genre of the addiction-kicking memoir to the next level. While most books of this kind scrape by on a single addiction, Allan admits to having had-and proudly declares having quashed-no fewer than three: cigarettes, candy bars, and booze. That these addictions aren’t particularly exotic might help readers identify with her; who hasn’t, at one time or another, felt as if they were hitting either the drinks, the smokes, or the sweets a little too hard? Even those who haven’t ridden the edge of addiction’s crevasse can still get a bit of entertainment from those solid draws of the addiction memoir: the harrowing low points, which in Allan’s text are headed with such promising titles as “Dating the Bartender,” “The Wedding Incident,” and “Easter Fiasco.”