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
GenreWriting, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Feminism

Reviews Nothing Good Can Come from This

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sarah-louise Raillard
    At turns hilarious and poignant, this is a recovery book that breaks all the stereotypes.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Nina Micanovic
    I am someone who is ashamedly new to essays- I own a copy of the 2016 best American essays that I planned to read in my GRE prep and...never got around to it. It's on the list, I swear. I am also someone who has such a tiny attention span (hello internet- I'm blaming you for this) that Kristi Coulter's witty, poignant, takes on her life are perfect for me. Most of the collection deals with alcoholism, which isn't a topic I'm familiar with- though...
  • Paolo Latini
    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 pi...
  • Wendy Coulter
    No question that the author is a good writer. No question about that at all. My impression is of a narrator who gave up alcohol (yay!), and as the book was listed as being in the alcoholism section of Amazon, I expected more personal insights as to what she’d learned about herself without living in the numbness of addiction. What I read was a narrator deeply insecure about her very own sense of being. In my world, that narrator seems very much ...
  • Christie
    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 dri...
  • Laurie White
    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...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    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 ...
  • Stella
    Kristi Coulter has taken a subject that has been written about over and over - and changed it into a relatable and funny memoir series of essays. These essays tell of Coulter's life being someone with a 'cute, little drinking problem' to being sober. It's honest, raw and open about the struggles of being a sober adult in a world where drinking is the norm.Also, her obsession with The Replacements was
  • Aida Alberto
    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. I really enjoyed reading this memoir. At times it was hilarious and at other times heart wrenching. If you enjoy memoirs as much as I do you should pick this one up because Kristi Coulter has written a definite winner. You will empathize with her. You will want to give her a giant hug and at times you will shake your head and wonder what in the world is she thinking. Happy...