Nothing Good Can Come from This by Kristi Coulter

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 o...

Details Nothing Good Can Come from This

TitleNothing Good Can Come from This
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherFSG Originals
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Nonfiction

Reviews Nothing Good Can Come from This

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI wasn't expecting much when I picked up NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS, which is maybe why it completely blew all of my preconceived notions of what it would be about out of the water. Rather than being the typical navel-gazing novel written by your average misanthropic Gen-Yer, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OF THIS is reminiscent of early David Sedaris. It's an utterly bitter, utterly hilarious me...
  • Kristy K
    "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 ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    A memoir of the author’s experiences of life, written in a series of relatable essays, including her battle with alcohol and how she used various things to distract from it, such as work, running, being a foodie, AA, and other obsessions. I like the tone used and the way it’s told straight out. My thanks for the advance digital copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Kristi Coulter, and the publisher for my fair review.MCD x FSG Originals...
  • Rene Denfeld
    I loved these essays. Coulter is a sharp writer, full of wisdom and humor. I think humor is one of the hardest forms to master (I sure haven't), and Coulter is brilliant at it: warm and compassionate and incisively funny. She dissects how the pressures of being a woman today can lead down the compromising path of addiction. This collection of essays is open-hearted, gut-wrenchingly honest and real.
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Nothing Good Can Come From This is a brilliant, raw portrayal of a the Author’s struggle with alcoholism.
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNab 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...
  • fortuna.spinning
    This is one of the rare collections that can change lives and I don’t say that lightly. Coulter writes frankly about getting sober with essays that detail her life before, during, and after. She writes about becoming a runner, the bullshit women have to deal with, and the human condition in general. The cover caught my attention, but the writing is very good, too. And she’s funny. I loved it!Thank you, NetGalley! It was a privilege and a plea...
  • Robin Bonne
    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 shun...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Coulter's essay collection about what happens when she stops drinking is both raw and heartfelt -- and also wickedly sharp and humorous at times. Coulter definitely comes from a place of financial privilege -- and she acknowledges this multiple times throughout the collection. She looks at the holes that drinking has tried to fill in her life -and it's relatable to anyone who has engaged in any kind of compulsive behavior as a distraction or subs...
  • Kat Tangney
    I wanted to like this soooooo much more than I did. It was okay! I respect any person who is vulnerable enough to share their story with the world, and I think Kristi had a lot of valuable points to make about why women drink. Some of her essays were downright beautiful. The letter to her friend? Gorgeous. The bit about falling in love with someone else, while being in love with her husband? Thought-provoking (and a little depressing), but some w...
  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    An essay collection reflecting on the author's struggle with alcoholism. Overall I though the writing was really sharp and personal, but as a whole the collection lacked depth and perspective.
  • Lissa
    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 s...
  • Sarah-louise Raillard
    At turns hilarious and poignant, this is a recovery book that breaks all the stereotypes.
  • Carolyn
    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 dr...
  • Katherine Gypson
    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 bo...
  • Karen Nelson
    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 dr...
  • Sarah
    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 ...
  • Eva Hagberg Fisher
    This book was so good I kept having to put it down to look up, mesmerized, and say "oh my goddddddddd." Coulter's writing is lively, evocative, searing, intimate, personal, political, deeply felt, absolutely humane, and profoundly compassionate. It's also hilarious. I will read her write anything - about anything, forever. This book is about so much more than drinking, or sobriety - it's about the conditions of life and its feelings; what it is t...
  • Kristin Boldon
    I loved this book of loosely connected essays. Ostensibly about how the author stopped drinking in her forties, but a sneaky memoir (oh, the sadness of her childhood!), a love story, adventures with friends, and great honest commentary on being a women at a male-dominated company. This is sad, funny, wrenching, and lovely stuff. How could I not love a book with the line, "I found the other of sobriety today."?
  • Beth
    This book was real, witty, uncomfortable, and unflinchingly honest. Kudos to Kristi Coulter for putting her life out there, even when it's ugly, and for calling out our culture that makes drinking problems seem normal!*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jane
    This reads like an intimate 2 am conversation with a best friend. Insightful and erudite.
  • Ramona Mead
    I'll be honest, I had this book on my NetGalley shelf for over three months and was avoiding it because I was afraid it would inspire me to quit drinking (something I've been considering for approximately a decade) Initially I thought the author was going to come across as self righteous and blindly rail against alcohol. Then I realized the reason I disliked her tone was because it resonated with me so strongly. This is a collection of extremely ...
  • Nupur Govila
    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.
  • Katherine Pittman
    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 interestin...
  • Lori
    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.
  • Brigitt
    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...
  • Castille
    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 ...
  • Carin
    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 problem...
  • Priscilla Paton
    This book is a collection of witty, poignant essays on the author’s alcoholism and quest for sobriety. I sense two underlying questions. The first (in my words not hers) is this: If I stop drinking, will I become a boring Puritan? The second question is scarier: What happens if I don’t stop drinking?Coulter’s memoir highlights how much our culture promotes alcohol assumption, with emphasis on how alcohol is promoted to women as a buffer for...