In this Unabridged podcast episode, we talk about two books that look at drug addiction and its impact on families. Beth Macy's nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America shows the bleak situation of the opioid crisis in America by focusing on the situation within three communities along I-81, the "Heroin Highway" in Virginia. Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction is a graphic memoir portraying Krosoczka's own experiences growing up as the son of a heroin addict who continued using throughout his adolescence.
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our Book Club discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the books Dopesick and Hey, Kiddo!
Introduction: 00:00 - 02:13
Dopesick: 02:13 - 49:58
Hey Kiddo: 50:10 - 70:40
Book Pairings: 70:50 - 85:49
Classroom Connections: 85:50 - 91:33
Jen - David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction and Nic Sheff’s Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Chris McGreal's American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
Netflix's One Day at a Time series
Yara Zgheib's The Girls at 17 Swann Street
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