Tom Sykes. David Carr. Bill Moyers‘ son. Jason Leopold. All journalists or former journalists. All former substance abusers. All have authored books all or in part about their recovery.
As Choire Sicha notes in this week’s New York Observer, Alcoholics Anonymous members “have been struggling with the significance of that second “A” for more than half a century. Within the group, members openly discuss their alcoholism; outside the group, they refrain from discussing their membership. … But that theory assumes that there is a boundary between private life and public life. The confessional-memoir industry assumes the opposite.”
Sykes’ memoir, What Did I Do Last Night? A Drunkard’s Tale, is out Oct. 3. William Cope Myers, son Moyers, drops Sept. 25.
Thus, a new genre in book publishing that will threaten our chick-lit leanings: post-rehab lit.