Teetotal Titles: A Dry Reading List

From memoirs to support guides to mocktail recipes, these books are for anyone who is sober, trying to be, or simply curious.

1

Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery by Erica C. Barnett
With remarkably brave and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands on her personal story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts.

2

This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace
Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us.

3

Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker 
Holly offers up a clear-eyed recovery model that banishes the punitive approach to quitting espoused by male-centric programs like AA and provides a positive alternative to living our best lives without the crutch of intoxication.

4

The Sober Lush: A Hedonist’s Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life–Alcohol Free by Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire
Libaire and Ward yearned to create lives that were Technicolor, beautifully raw, connected, blissed out, and outside the lines . . . but how? In The Sober Lush, they provide a road map for living a lush and sensual life without booze.

5

We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life by Laura McKowen
A memoir of alcohol addiction and recovery, written by a successful career woman who describes the joys and challenges of staying sober in a culture permeated by drinking.


6

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison 
With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, this turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself.

7

Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays by Kristi Coulter
When Kristi Coulter quit drinking, she started noticing things. In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition by a keen-eyed observer no longer numbed into complacency.

8

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Written with warmth, candor, and wisdom, here is one woman’s story of addiction and recovery–a story that begins in despair and loneliness, but ends with the hope that within each of us lies the strength to survive in the world without anesthesia.

9

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure–the sober life she never wanted.


10

Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery by Harry Haroutunian and Steven Tyler
From the physician director of the renowned Betty Ford Center, comes a step-by-step plan with a realistic “one-day-at-a-time” approach to a disease that so often seems insurmountable.

11

Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
With unconventional wit and a wonderfully weird way of looking at things, Augusten Burroughs chronicles his life on the edge after leaving his deeply eccentric foster family.

12

A Happier Hour by Rebecca Weller
A Happier Hour is a heartfelt, moving, and inspiring story for anyone who has ever had to give up something they loved in order to get what they truly wanted.

13

Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety by Rachael Brownell 
Part recovery, part self-help, and all real, raw stories of waking up for the sake of your self and your children, this follows one mother’s journey from cocktail mama to sober mama.

14

How to Be a Mindful Drinker: Cut Down, Take a Break, or Quit by Laura Willoughby and Jussi Tolvi
A practical support plan to help you take control of your alcohol intake, with tools to track progress, deal with triggers, social stresses, and stay on track for the long term.

15

Sober Curious: he Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol by Ruby Warrington
Frank, funny, and always judgment free, this is a bold guide to choosing to live hangover-free, from Ruby Warrington, one of the leading voices of the new sobriety movement.

16

Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Clever Concoctions by Clare Liardet
A nonalcoholic cocktail recipe book for expecting mothers, teetotalers, those hoping to lose weight, and anyone else looking for alternatives to alcoholic cocktails