Books about AA, by AA, and about alcoholism.
A Death in the Family by James Agee. More here.
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of how Many Thousands of Men and Women have Recovered from Alcoholism by Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Alcoholics Anonymous
As Bill Sees It : Selected Writings of AA’s Cofounder by Alcoholics Anonymous One of my favorite AA approved books, it has short passages taken from the writings of Bill W. There is stuff from the tried and true Big Book and 12 and 12, but also snippets taken from speeches and letters and Grapevine articles, that kind of thing. Some of them have stayed with me down the the years as things I’ve internalized and remembered.
Bill W : A Biography of Alcoholics Anonymous Cofounder Bill Wilson by Francis Haritgan
Bill W : My First 40 Years – An Autobiography by Bill W
Blame by Michelle Huneven
Came to Believe by Alcoholics Anonymous
Carry This Message by Joe McQ
The Common Sense of Drinking by Richard Peabody
Daily Reflections : A Book of Reflections by AA Members for AA Members by Alcoholics Anonymous
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Danny from The Shining grows up and joins AA. I found this to be a good portrayal of AA, even if some of the things the story-teller thinks are ubiquitous are not. For example, oldtimers sitting in the back of the room is not something I’ve experienced, which is a shame, because I would like that.
Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers : A Biography, with Recollections of early A.A. in the Midwest by Alcoholics Anonymous
Dry by Augusten Burroughs (more about this here)
Dryland by Nancy Stearns Bercaw. A sobriety memoir interesting in that the author lived in many different countries and faced the logistics of drinking all around the world. No information, though, on how she stopped drinking (except for cold turkey) or how she stayed sober. (more here)
Go Ask Alice by Charlotte Sparks
The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond
The Little Red Book by Anonymous
Living Sober by Alcoholics Anonymous
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore. A devastating portrait of alcoholism in a different time and place. A book that makes me very grateful for recovery and a program of recovery.
Magical Thinking : True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Not God : A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernest Kurtz
Pass it On : Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers by Alcoholics Anonymous
Pass it On: The Story of Bill Wilson and how the A.A. Message Reached the World by Alcoholics Anonymous
Seeds of Grace by Molly Monahan. Written anonymously by a nun with long time sobriety in the program, this gives an interesting interpretation of the program through a Catholic perspective. There are some advanced religious ideas in here that I hadn’t encountered before. It helped my understanding of both the program and the Roman Catholic religion.
Smack by Melvin Burgess
Smashed by Koren Zailckas. More here.
Terry by George McGovern. more here.
The Social World of Alcoholics Anonymous by Annette R. Smith, Ph.D. An interesting study of, among other things, how “loners” and “joiners” fare in having success in AA. It also talks about phases of membership that I hadn’t considered before.
The Soul of Sponsorship : The Friendship of Father Ed Dowling, S.J. and Bill Wilson in Letters by Robert Fitzgerald
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by Alcoholics Anonymous
Undrunk by A.J. Adams. Subtitled A Skeptic’s Guide to AA, I found it to be occasionally funny and certainly harmless. It might help folks get through the doors into meetings.
While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry. This contains an interesting description of how the author overcame alcoholism through faith without AA.
Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter