Neil Steinberg is a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and has written for a wide variety of publications, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Forbes. He is the author of eight books, including Drunkard and You Were Never in Chicago, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press. Sara Bader is a book editor, researcher, and quote collector. She created and maintains Quotenik, an online resource of verified quotations. She is the author of Strange Red Cow and researcher for the best-selling The Atheist's Bible.
"This book is terrific. A recovery plan that summons not a Higher Power but a higher intellectual power. The sort of book I've been waiting for all my life: rational help for the writer, the reader, the skeptic, the thinker."--Gene Weingarten, author of Fiddler in the Subway, Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington Post "A book of inspiring poetry--because really that's what it is--would be a thoughtful gift for someone you love who struggles with addiction. But it's also good read for anyone who might benefit from the smart, witty, insightful and brutally honest words of a pal, someone who knows a thing or two about how difficult it is to recover after being blindsided by life--a break-up or the shocking results of an election, for instance." --Mark Konkol "DNAInfo " "This book is a life line for those of us at our most vulnerable."--Domenica Ruta, author of With or Without You "Recovery is a journey: a journey of heroes. These heroes, the authors tell us, are all here--to encourage, to guide, to comfort, to come along. Look and listen for them, the authors urge; they are hidden in plain sight, in prose and in verse. Read, savor, and ponder."--Walter Ling, founding director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at University of California, Los Angeles "Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg have done a superb job mining the masters of prose, poetry, and songwriting to create a literate answer to the pablum that is often served us as self-help. Brimming with wisdom, humor, and compassion, Out of the Wreck I Rise will offer the curious bibliophile a satisfying dip into the literature of overindulgence. But for the reader who may be swimming the hard current toward recovery, this book will be something invaluable. It will be a life raft."--Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father: A Memoir "Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steinberg and book editor Bader have compiled this collection of prose and poetry on the subject of addiction to help those who are still struggling or who are in recovery to find solace in the lives of great people who have also battled the disease. The writings are organized along the lines of an addict's journey--when the good times sour, the importance of time, and the power of embracing a new life. The experiences of well-known figures such as Etta James, Sid Caesar, and John Cheever are relayed in their own words, with feeling and lack of pretense. Anyone affected by addiction will surely identify with the accounts included here, and thus, not feel alone in times of difficulty."--Starred review "Library Journal "