Nothing Good Can Come from This
Kristi Coulter inspired and incensed the internet when she wrote about what happened when she stopped drinking. Nothing Good Can Come from This is her debut--a frank, funny, and feminist essay collection by a keen-eyed observer no longer numbed into complacency.When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can't easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rose Season for yourself, you're left with just Summer, and that's when you notice that the women around you are tanked--that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise.In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition. By turns hilarious and heartrending, Nothing Good Can Come from This introduces a fierce new voice to fans of Sloane Crosley, David Sedaris, and Cheryl Strayed--perfect for anyone who has ever stood in the middle of a so-called perfect life and looked for an escape hatch.

Nothing Good Can Come from This Details

TitleNothing Good Can Come from This
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherFSG Originals
ISBN-139780374286200
Rating
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Nothing Good Can Come from This Review

  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    "This is why I drank, you know. Because I wanted every day to be like that. I wanted every day to feel like a movie montage, or at least to end in an epiphany, or at least to have a clear narrative arc, or at least to make some level of sense." 3.5 StarsA memoir told in essay form, Nothing Good Can Come from This, is the non-chronological tale of Coulter’s life from alcoholic to sober woman. As with most books of essays some were stronger than others, but on a whole Coulter does a great job of "This is why I drank, you know. Because I wanted every day to be like that. I wanted every day to feel like a movie montage, or at least to end in an epiphany, or at least to have a clear narrative arc, or at least to make some level of sense." 3.5 StarsA memoir told in essay form, Nothing Good Can Come from This, is the non-chronological tale of Coulter’s life from alcoholic to sober woman. As with most books of essays some were stronger than others, but on a whole Coulter does a great job of making you feel her emotion and understand her journey. Feminism, love, politics, and culture all make an appearance and create for some hard-hitting, and sometimes humorous, stories and anecdotes. "What's a girl to do when a bunch of dudes have just told her, in front of an audience, that she's wrong about what it's like to be herself? I can see some people finding this a bit "woe is me" as she is an upper class white female with a good job, loving husband, and a childhood only partially marred by her parents. I, however, think it goes to show that alcoholism can consume anyone, not just those with downtrodden lives or no money in the bank. "Take away my money or my extreme whiteness, and it might be clear that getting a lot of ethanol into my bloodstream as fast as possible is all I really care about."
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  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
    GN Kristi Coulter can take the most heart wrenching self doubt, the emotional writhing women tend to put themselves through on a fairly regular basis, and turn it around into a hoot. I haven't laughed so much in years. And she manages as well to point out many things women in general and southern women in particular never realize they have overcome. Not the least of which is tossing the crutch that replaced alcohol in our daily lives. Who stops to think how long it has been since you missed that GN Kristi Coulter can take the most heart wrenching self doubt, the emotional writhing women tend to put themselves through on a fairly regular basis, and turn it around into a hoot. I haven't laughed so much in years. And she manages as well to point out many things women in general and southern women in particular never realize they have overcome. Not the least of which is tossing the crutch that replaced alcohol in our daily lives. Who stops to think how long it has been since you missed that first cleansing sip of a rye manhattan? Thank you, Ms. Coulter for your frank honesty. And for the laughs. May this be the start of a long, prolific writing career. I received a free electronic copy of this collection of essays from Netgalley, Kristi Coulter, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, MCD x FSG Originals, Biographies & Memoirs in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. pub date August 7, 2018Farrar, Straus and GirouxMCD x FSG OriginalsBiographies & Memoirs
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  • Robin Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    The opening essay, Enjoli, alludes to how maybe excessive drinking is a by-product of being a “24 hour woman,” which is an analogy for the sociological concept of “the second shift.” I thought it was interesting. For my own reasons, I do not drink alcohol and found many of the author’s observations rang true for my own personal experiences being sober in a society that encourages drinking. Desire Lines, an essay that seemingly both shunned and celebrated bourgeois values, seemed out of place amo The opening essay, Enjoli, alludes to how maybe excessive drinking is a by-product of being a “24 hour woman,” which is an analogy for the sociological concept of “the second shift.” I thought it was interesting. For my own reasons, I do not drink alcohol and found many of the author’s observations rang true for my own personal experiences being sober in a society that encourages drinking. Desire Lines, an essay that seemingly both shunned and celebrated bourgeois values, seemed out of place among the rest of the essays.The essay about how and why they moved out of Michigan made me sad, as I was growing up in Michigan during the late 90’s and early aughts. I witnessed firsthand the flight of Gen X voters that caused the state to go red during that time. Her ignorance of the area, its people, and adding to the very problem by leaving with the exodus of that demographic of workers brought up a lot of negative feeling for me. The other essays were about the author’s relationships with her parents, alcohol, struggles with anxiety, and her life. Overall, I thought the first essay was by far the best, and worth picking up the book to read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Karen Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing Good can Come from This is a series of essays that surprised me as really quite good.. Revolving about the author's difficulty with drinking and quitting, it brings a poignant and entertaining series of stories. The book is well written, enjoyable and yet brings out a lot of emotions for the reader. I laughed out loud in parts and felt distressed by some of the situations of the author. The author tells us of her transition from social drinking to alcoholism to quitting drinking to dista Nothing Good can Come from This is a series of essays that surprised me as really quite good.. Revolving about the author's difficulty with drinking and quitting, it brings a poignant and entertaining series of stories. The book is well written, enjoyable and yet brings out a lot of emotions for the reader. I laughed out loud in parts and felt distressed by some of the situations of the author. The author tells us of her transition from social drinking to alcoholism to quitting drinking to distance running to cope. I felt the panic of her writing in those first days and weeks of being sober, and admired her staying with the plan. This is the life that many of us have known, either by self realization or by a friend or close relative. Alcoholism doesn't discriminate and might just be the mom next door. My thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was great. It reminded me a little of Eat, Pray, Love just with a lot of drinking. This book of essays tells the story of how and why Coulter quit drinking. A think a lot of what she has to say can be applied to many aspects of life. People have different addictions and different difficulties throughout life. Coulter's reasons for drinking and for that matter quitting could be associated with any addiction. It's not all gloom and doom. It's filled with many pretty hilarious stori I thought this was great. It reminded me a little of Eat, Pray, Love just with a lot of drinking. This book of essays tells the story of how and why Coulter quit drinking. A think a lot of what she has to say can be applied to many aspects of life. People have different addictions and different difficulties throughout life. Coulter's reasons for drinking and for that matter quitting could be associated with any addiction. It's not all gloom and doom. It's filled with many pretty hilarious stories, great friendships, and love. Her relationship with her husband is one of the bright spots in her life and journey towards sobriety. Her openness in talking about her own addiction, was I think, refreshing. It makes you feel like, its not just you the world is out to get, it happens to everyone. She does manage to get herself together, and ends up a happy, somewhat well adjusted sober person. She gave me hope in my own life. While I don't struggle with addiction, the fact that she made a life changing decision at the age of 41 gives me hope that its never to late to make worthwhile changes in my own life. A very good read. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.
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  • Lissa
    January 1, 1970
    I like to read personal essays but I've realized that the more that I relate to an author, the more that I enjoy the essays and I really related to Kristi Coulter.  I found this full of low-key humor and so many sentences that I ended up highlighting because it fell so true to me.  My only complaint is that they started to feel really similar towards the end but for women (and there are a lot of us) in our late thirties/early forties who feel some days require a glass of wine, this is a very aut I like to read personal essays but I've realized that the more that I relate to an author, the more that I enjoy the essays and I really related to Kristi Coulter.  I found this full of low-key humor and so many sentences that I ended up highlighting because it fell so true to me.  My only complaint is that they started to feel really similar towards the end but for women (and there are a lot of us) in our late thirties/early forties who feel some days require a glass of wine, this is a very authentic wake up call.  I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received this book from the author/publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I'm a big fan of memoir/essays told with dry wit. Like enough to say it's probably one of my favorite genres. So maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm burnt out of realistic humor writing, maybe I'm in a weird place but this just didn't do it for me. Kristi Coulter writes about her decision to quit drinking and how life is both easier and harder without a drink. Some of the stories are funny, some of them m Note: I received this book from the author/publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I'm a big fan of memoir/essays told with dry wit. Like enough to say it's probably one of my favorite genres. So maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm burnt out of realistic humor writing, maybe I'm in a weird place but this just didn't do it for me. Kristi Coulter writes about her decision to quit drinking and how life is both easier and harder without a drink. Some of the stories are funny, some of them more of a hit to the gut. Overall, her ability to articulate the struggles and then share them is well done and important. However, I found the writing to be a bit on the rambling side of things, which I'm not always a fan of. There were some essays that would start in one place, somehow be in a completely different topic and then somehow come back to the beginning. It would just feel random or like she wanted to make a stretch to connect two different life moments. I felt like some of the essays also would have been more powerful or intriguing if there had been more digging into the emotional side of things. For example, her parents come up several times but she never really digs into the relationship with them or examines it further, which I think was a missed opportunity. But, who knows, maybe I've been swayed by too much therapy and I always see the parents as the place things go wrong. Overall, this is an interesting set of essays that will definitely strike a chord with people familiar with alcoholism or addictions in general. I didn't personally love this but that doesn't mean it won't be a lifeline for some other reader.
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  • Nupur Govila
    January 1, 1970
    The book feels very contrived and cliched. There is no strong movement of voice or original thoughts. It did not hold my interest at all and I am a prolific reader who rarely abandons a book but I just couldn’t go through this one. Thank you #Netgalley for the copy though.
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  • Katherine Pittman
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I have mixed feelings on this book. As another reviewer put it, some essay's were a 2 and some a 5. I found the book very real and relatable. She has a very dry sense of humor, which I appreciate, and her interactions with alcohol ring very true. However, while I do believe she's a true alcoholic, I didn't find her highs and lows to be interesting enough for an entire book. She did some dumb and Thank you to Net Galley for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I have mixed feelings on this book. As another reviewer put it, some essay's were a 2 and some a 5. I found the book very real and relatable. She has a very dry sense of humor, which I appreciate, and her interactions with alcohol ring very true. However, while I do believe she's a true alcoholic, I didn't find her highs and lows to be interesting enough for an entire book. She did some dumb and self sabotaging things, but nothing extreme or unique enough to keep me that interested for an entire book. One or two essays, entertaining, and entire book of them seemed redundant. I believe her relationship with alcohol proved tragic for her, but as a reader, it just wasn't super interesting after awhile.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. some of her essays were a full 5/5, others a 2. Kristi's honesty, retrospection, and introspection are raw and painstakingly detailed. Her journey is a truly remarkable story of determination, grit, and willpower to become truly alive in the world without the burden of a long-term, debilitating addiction.
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  • Brigitt
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing good can come from this Kristi CoulterThis is a fascinating and at the same time scary book. Kristi tells honestly and directly her difficult process to first recognise her alcohol dependency and then her difficult struggle to stay sober. She lets the reader get an honest look into her complex thoughts and sudden insights. It adds to the directness of her story that it’s does not follow her struggle chronologically. All her thoughts and observations weave together into a coherent story o Nothing good can come from this Kristi CoulterThis is a fascinating and at the same time scary book. Kristi tells honestly and directly her difficult process to first recognise her alcohol dependency and then her difficult struggle to stay sober. She lets the reader get an honest look into her complex thoughts and sudden insights. It adds to the directness of her story that it’s does not follow her struggle chronologically. All her thoughts and observations weave together into a coherent story of why she started to drink and why she could fool herself so long about her ‘ small problem with alcohol’ . This book is a good read for everyone who wants to be more aware about our society and people who seem to function so well.
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  • Carin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a memoir told in essays, which can feel disjointed, but for me it did come together in the end. Kristi is a successful businesswoman with a drinking problem. This is not a story commonly told. Pretty much all of the addiction memoirs I've run across have felt like a competition to who can achieve a new low. Which is a dreadful thing to aspire to, as many people die on their way down. Also, the vast majority of people with drinking problems do not have the horrific consequences described This is a memoir told in essays, which can feel disjointed, but for me it did come together in the end. Kristi is a successful businesswoman with a drinking problem. This is not a story commonly told. Pretty much all of the addiction memoirs I've run across have felt like a competition to who can achieve a new low. Which is a dreadful thing to aspire to, as many people die on their way down. Also, the vast majority of people with drinking problems do not have the horrific consequences described in those books. A lot of people are able to deny their problems, and also aren't able to find help they feel is appropriate because it's all geared to much more severe versions of the problem. But I really admire Kristi for acknowledging that it was a problem and figuring it all out for her, before she had terrible consequences. I think more people might see themselves in Kristi than in Sarah Hepola.Anyway, I thought she was very forthright and straightforward. Her life seems fairly normal, with a loving husband she sometimes squabbles with, a house that sometimes breaks down, a very demanding job with a lot of travel, and a level of income that means she can eat out at super-fancy restaurants regularly, and developing a palate and considering herself a "foodie" came with an awful lot of wine. Soon she was drinking a bottle of wine every night. And when she tried not to, she found she couldn't. She'd really, really try, and she still couldn't.What seemed to be key for her eventual success, after being a functional alcoholic for ten years, was when she stopped hoping that one day she's want to quit. And instead she just quit. It was waiting for the wanting, certain one day it would appear and provide her with unlimited fortitude and strength, that held her back.It wasn't easy. And she didn't do it alone. Well, she did for the first year, white-knuckling it. But then she went to AA. She writes in a fun, breezy style, that's also refreshing for an addiction memoir. I really enjoyed it. It's short and can be read in just a few hours.
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  • Katherine Gypson
    January 1, 1970
    A new favorite book for me - to sit alongside the work of Cheryl Strayed, Heather Havrilesky and Sarah Hepola. I know a book will stay with me when I have to read it with my journal by my side because the author is prompting me to ask new questions about my own life - to think and look back and wonder and write it all out. A good book like this is on the level of a great conversation - and that's the true accomplishment here from Coulter. This book is like having a brutally honest, funny, someti A new favorite book for me - to sit alongside the work of Cheryl Strayed, Heather Havrilesky and Sarah Hepola. I know a book will stay with me when I have to read it with my journal by my side because the author is prompting me to ask new questions about my own life - to think and look back and wonder and write it all out. A good book like this is on the level of a great conversation - and that's the true accomplishment here from Coulter. This book is like having a brutally honest, funny, sometimes sad, always interesting, opinionated friend right there beside you. I've read a bunch of memoirs over the years and tend to like this approach better - breaking your life up into essays that take a slice of experience and dive in deep to take a look. "Enjoli" will be a revelation for those who haven't read it online yet but the shorter, sarcastic pieces on how to quit drinking are a treasure, too. But I've basically highlighted the full essays "Girl Skulks into a Room," "Fascination" and "Pussy Triptych" because of all the great sentences that made me stop, only to pick up reading again and run into another great sentence. A truly memorable debut and a must-read for any woman. DISCLAIMER: I received an advance e-galley of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Paolo Latini
    January 1, 1970
    Another chapter in the American auto-nonfiction of the last few years, the memoirs in the form a personal essays that starts from the analysis of a human weakness to build up an epistemology of the human. From "The Two Kinds of Decay" by Sarah Manguso, to "So Sad Today" by Melissa Broder, and, closer to the themes of this book, "The Recovering" by Leslie Jamison, just to give some examples."Nothing Good Can Come from This" collects a series of pieces that tell the misadventures of Kristi Coulter Another chapter in the American auto-nonfiction of the last few years, the memoirs in the form a personal essays that starts from the analysis of a human weakness to build up an epistemology of the human. From "The Two Kinds of Decay" by Sarah Manguso, to "So Sad Today" by Melissa Broder, and, closer to the themes of this book, "The Recovering" by Leslie Jamison, just to give some examples."Nothing Good Can Come from This" collects a series of pieces that tell the misadventures of Kristi Coulter with alcohol. The pieces are written between the essay and the fictional, some are real short-stories, some other are very analytical and critical essays, others are ironic, that same irony that Melissa Broder cleverly uses on So Sad Today, an irony used to show rather than hide something, without falling into morbid exhibitionism. The mood of the pieces is the sincerity: an open and sheer sincerity that makes a clever point on what is like to be a fragile human being in an imperfect world.
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  • Christie
    January 1, 1970
    An honest and linear description of how life, in all its plans and detours, can lead us down roads we never imagined. Kristi describes how her childhood, college, early career and marriage led her to increasingly social use of alcohol, and ultimately to alcoholism. Her honest and humorous way of telling it like it is shows us how close we may be to a similar outcome. Or how close those we know may be to a similar outcome. She transitions from drinking to distance running as a coping mechanism, w An honest and linear description of how life, in all its plans and detours, can lead us down roads we never imagined. Kristi describes how her childhood, college, early career and marriage led her to increasingly social use of alcohol, and ultimately to alcoholism. Her honest and humorous way of telling it like it is shows us how close we may be to a similar outcome. Or how close those we know may be to a similar outcome. She transitions from drinking to distance running as a coping mechanism, which is something to which many can relate. Although I'm a casual drinker who doesn't have the tendency to overindulge, Coulter's description of how she did brought tremendous insight into what that might feel like. I felt her panic in her initial days of being sober, and admired her stamina throughout. An inside view into the life of an alcoholic who just might look like the wife next door.*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my objective review.*
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  • Laurie White
    January 1, 1970
    So I rec'd this randomly in the mail one day, I am assuming it was sent by the publisher but there was nothing attached to it so I'm really not sure. With that I always appreciate the chance to read new things outside my comfort zone, but honestly I'm just not a huge fan of short story/essay writings. I basically picked this up every night and just read one story before going to bed. I appreciated some of the local connections being from Michigan myself, but everything else I felt disconnected f So I rec'd this randomly in the mail one day, I am assuming it was sent by the publisher but there was nothing attached to it so I'm really not sure. With that I always appreciate the chance to read new things outside my comfort zone, but honestly I'm just not a huge fan of short story/essay writings. I basically picked this up every night and just read one story before going to bed. I appreciated some of the local connections being from Michigan myself, but everything else I felt disconnected from. That being said I think this would be more relatable to a reader that struggles with the same afflictions as the author describes.
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  • Castille
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, rounded up. It took me much longer than usual to get through this book, as it's not an 'easy read' in the same way that Augusten Burroughs's memoirs or Cat Marnell's How to Murder Your Life are. While her experiences may not exactly be unique or groundbreaking, Kristi Coulter is a very good writer. I loved her strong points of view, even when I found myself disagreeing, and found her to be funny, without being at all 'woe is me'-- she takes personal responsibility for her mistakes, and I re 3.5, rounded up. It took me much longer than usual to get through this book, as it's not an 'easy read' in the same way that Augusten Burroughs's memoirs or Cat Marnell's How to Murder Your Life are. While her experiences may not exactly be unique or groundbreaking, Kristi Coulter is a very good writer. I loved her strong points of view, even when I found myself disagreeing, and found her to be funny, without being at all 'woe is me'-- she takes personal responsibility for her mistakes, and I respect that.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this book. There were parts of it that were good, but other aspects that were not. The writing was disjointed, there simply was no flow. The author hops from one topic to the next. The entire book revolves around the author having found sobriety. She felt the need to discuss her sexual exploits and how she loves her husband but contemplated having affairs; how stressful her job is but how she splashes out with all the money she makes. I think the author wrote this boo I have mixed feelings about this book. There were parts of it that were good, but other aspects that were not. The writing was disjointed, there simply was no flow. The author hops from one topic to the next. The entire book revolves around the author having found sobriety. She felt the need to discuss her sexual exploits and how she loves her husband but contemplated having affairs; how stressful her job is but how she splashes out with all the money she makes. I think the author wrote this book because she was bored. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Review available Tuesday 7/3/18 at angryangelbooks.com
  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Boz
    January 1, 1970
    Many good things can come from reading this amazingly witty, moving collection of short stories by Kristi Coulter. Coulter speaks frankly about her former drinking problem & how easy it is for our professional and personal lives to revolve around alcohol. I literally gave her essay, “Enjoli”, a standing ovation while reading it - it perfectly encapsulates the conflicting thoughts woman think about all the time. That essay alone will have you scrambling to read what else Coulter has to say ne Many good things can come from reading this amazingly witty, moving collection of short stories by Kristi Coulter. Coulter speaks frankly about her former drinking problem & how easy it is for our professional and personal lives to revolve around alcohol. I literally gave her essay, “Enjoli”, a standing ovation while reading it - it perfectly encapsulates the conflicting thoughts woman think about all the time. That essay alone will have you scrambling to read what else Coulter has to say next. Highly recommend.I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I selected this book because I quit drinking 13 years ago for various reasons. I thought this was going to be more of a memoir style, but it was a collection of essays that weren't in any type of linear fashion. I found the book a bit too vile and "smash the patriarchy" for me, but others may enjoy it.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.
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