Nice Recovery

Paperback | February 15, 2011

bySusan Juby

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From the author of Alice, I Think comes a riveting memoir of addiction and recovery. Susan Juby started out as a bright and creative student with an innate ability to write incredible stories. At the age of thirteen her life began to unravel, and like many teens, she turned to alcohol to get her through the awkward stages of trying to find her own unique identity and fit in with her peers at school. In this revealing memoir, she details the painful and sometimes funny experiences of trying to be clean and sober at a time when most young adults are just starting their drinking careers. Juby also looks into how the situation has changed for young people washing up on the shores of addiction today through a series of interviews with recovering addicts and alcoholics. Told with honesty and Juby’s wry wit, Nice Recovery is a candid memoir from one of Canada’s most beloved writers.

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From the author of Alice, I Think comes a riveting memoir of addiction and recovery. Susan Juby started out as a bright and creative student with an innate ability to write incredible stories. At the age of thirteen her life began to unravel, and like many teens, she turned to alcohol to get her through the awkward stages of trying to ...

SUSAN JUBY is the bestselling author of the internationally popular Alice MacLeod books—recently made into a television series—and the critically acclaimed novels Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy. Her work has won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, been selected as a Children’s Book Sense 76 Pick, a Kirkus Edit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.23 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest and open Nice Recovery is such a well told story of addiction and (more importantly) recovery. So many people know someone who has struggled with substance abuse and this is an honest and open tale. It also provides great resources for students looking for more information on addiction and recovery.
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous soul, funny, gripping, heartrending, brittle and triumphant... The journey of recovery is different for everyone....very few of us are able to bridge the gap from the sharing of this heartbreaking journey in the rooms to published works. Juby has transcended that gap with hilarity, humility, and finally victory....I could not put this book down once I began. So much could I relate to the events, the time, even the place....but most especially the insantiy and final surrender. Powerfully written and is applicable to all who pass this way.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest, funny, informative! Susan Juby's new book is definitely about addiction but not just a book for addicts. Most people's have been touched by someone who is or was substance dependent or abusive. For the minority who do not, the book is completely accessible and explores and explains not only alcoholism and addiction, but is easy to relate to the feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, fear of judgment and awkwardness in social situations that are part of the memoir. Susan is brave, but for those who know her style, laugh-out-loud funny and I don't normally laugh out loud, honest, and gives a serious consideration of addiction from all different angles (medical, scientific, sociological, etc.) that is simultaneously easy to understand without being patronizing. The book is a steal at this price. I have read it once and intend to reread.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I loved this book, I couldn't put it down....I took it everywhere and when I was finished, I wanted to read it again.
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I am such a huge fan of Susan Juby and I was thrilled to find out that she wrote this book (and a little surprised). In Nice Recovery, we get to find out a lot more about the author of the Alice series. She is incredibly honest her battle and addiction with booze - and I applaud her for having the courage to write about a subject that is so personal. Its amazing to me, after reading her story, that she has managed to come out of her experience. Its obvious that Juby was deep into her addiction and thankfully, she managed to get help - it is an inspiring story that leads a person and author that is sober and healthy enough to write this book. I detect Juby's writing style immediated in this book - although the subject matter is way more serious than her usual YA style, you can still detect the humour and overall tone of hope - I loved it. Written with raw honesty and very touching, I find myself rooting for Juby to stay clean and sober so that she can lead a happy life and continue to give us great stories.
Date published: 2010-03-17

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“I’m embarrassed that I lack words to describe the raw elegance of Susan Juby’s Nice Recovery. It is smart, funny, lyrical, desperately candid and astonishingly generous; and it is fucking courageous. It speaks to the very heart of the loneliness and despair that leads to the destruction of so many kids’ dreams. And then it gives us hope. This is not a young adult book; it is not an adult book. It is a human book with the power to literally save lives. I am honoured to blurb it.” - Chris Crutcher“Juby tells her story with such honesty and warmth that it’s easy to empathize with both her ascent into alcoholism, for that’s what it was for her, and then her spiralling downfall. Her story is also interspersed with the same wonderfully incisive humour that distinguishes her novels, though she is careful to avoid flippancy; her book, after all, was not written for laughs… It is Juby’s acceptance and forgiveness of herself that is on display here; her story is, quite simply, an inspiration.” - The Globe and Mail“The best comic writers always have a dark side. Susan Juby tells the tale of her days as a wild young ‘drinky pants’ with ‘a minor drug addiction on the side’ with great spirit and honesty. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you may even shed a tear, and you’ll definitely cheer her on her way to recovery. A great read.” - O.R. Melling“[In] Susan Juby’s hilarious, moving memoir Nice Recovery …. she is autobiographer, confessing her teenage alcoholism and drug habit. She does this with compulsively readable, self-deprecating wit, a candid voice and an entertainer’s penchant for the lively turn of phrase…. A cautionary tale, yes, but with energy derived from a spirit of compassion and sympathy. It’s as wise, witty and engrossing as any young adult novel I’ve read recently.” - Toronto Star“Unlike many addiction memoirs, Nice Recovery isn’t a hot mess tell-all. Like Juby herself, it’s honest and funny, but avoids over-sharing…. If you’re drawn to Juby’s work because she’s more Liz Lemon than Elizabeth Wurtzel, however, rest assured she hasn’t abandoned her sense of humour. As she sees it, Nice Recovery is ultimately just like all of her other books, an uneasy mixture of “the dark and the light.”” - Quill & Quire“[A] good read for anyone.” - Winnipeg Free Press“Juby’s narrative is captivating as she describes her life as a party girl and her precipitous descent into addiction. […] The sometimes brutal honesty of Juby’s story is lighted by flashes of her familiar wry sense of humour and readers will enjoy some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. […] Addiction is an unfortunately common experience and this book will have an almost universal appeal for both teens and adults.” - Canadian Children’s Book News“Alarming, blunt, and delightfully written … This is a brave and helpful book.” - The StarPhoenix“Juby’s journey through addiction and out the other side is thoroughly entertaining, for both adults and older teens… with its honest, forthright presentation of fact, Nice Recovery goes a long way towards reviving a reviled and often (rightly) suspect form of expression.” - Westender“Juby’s sheer honesty and straightforward language is engaging.… By recounting her story, Juby shows how teens can get into substance abuse, and details the hard process of recovering and enjoying life without chemical stimulants … Anyone who reads this book will learn something… By bravely sharing her own story, Juby has undoubtedly helped adults and teens talk about or deal with their own substance issues.” - Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune