4 of 25
By David Carr
400 pages; Simon & Schuster

Because no one has investigated addiction with this kind of bravery.

The late David Carr, a columnist for The New York Times, lost years of his life to drug addiction and later became an alcoholic. To write this memoir, he spent three years using his fine-tuned journalistic tools to uncover his past, conducting 60 interviews in order to reconstruct the parts of his life he couldn't rightly remember, including a night that ended in a showdown with a pistol. — Dawn Raffel