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, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

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 ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    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 t...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Amanda
    Review available Tuesday 7/3/18 at
  • Tara
    3.5 Stars
  • Boz
    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 ...
  • Denise
    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.