Through rich illustration and narrative, Sobriety: A Graphic Novel offers an inside look to recovery from the perspectives of five Twelve Step group members, each with a unique set of addictions, philosophies, struggles, and successes while working the Steps.
Gold Winner of the Midwest Book Award in the self-help category from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association!Through rich illustration and narrative, Sobriety: A Graphic Novel offers an inside look to recovery from the perspectives of five Twelve Step group members, each with a unique set of addictions, philosophies, struggles, and successes while working the Steps.Larry, an “old-timer” in recovery circles, believes in the powerful, rich traditions of the Big Book in helping people reinvent themselves. Alex is a Londoner of African descent, gay and an atheist who decided to go to treatment in the States when his Ecstasy and heroin addictions landed him in the hospital. Debby, a single mother in her twenties, is on her third round of treatment. A dreamer, she’s finally owned up to being an addict and wants to live a sober life, but hasn’t quite grasped how much work that’s going to take. At nineteen, Matt is what some might call a “tough case” with meth his drug of choice. He’s deeply lonely but has developed a tough outer shell for protection. Hannah was adopted as a baby and grew to be a smart, high-achiever. Now a college freshman, her rebellious side has taken over, her grades are suffering, and she also struggles with bulimia.The fact that they are all seeking help for addiction is the one thing that ties them together. But their approaches to recovery are as diverse as their backgrounds. As their stories unfold through their interactions as a Twelve Step group, we gain an intimate look at the challenges faced by those in recoveryand at the boundless power of working the Steps in helping people find strength in one another as they reach for a clean-and-sober life.
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Daniel D. Maurer is a former Lutheran minister, freelance writer, and producer of graphic novels. His latest publication will be an exposé to address the problem of human trafficking of boys in the United States. He is openly in recovery and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his family.Spencer Amundson is a freelance graphic artist who has worked on several graphic novels.
Table of Contents
II. Character Briefing/Briefing Notes
III. Storyboards/Plot Trajectory/Storyboard Notes
V. Final Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really fun read! I enjoyed it and the book is very informational. I'm a Dad of an addict, so it's helpful to read stories that make sense.
What I like about this book is that it's simple, but isn't overly simplistic. The author tells the story of five people trying to find recovery through great artwork and a compelling story. I'm in recovery myself, but I gave the book to my mom and she said that it really helped her understand what real recovery is about. I'd recommend this book to anyone seeking to find a new life for themselves without alcohol or drugs!
Anyone can become addicted to a substance; alcohol, drugs, spending money, eating, sex. This book tells the story of fictionalized characters; women, men, black, asian, white to show how lives are destroyed by addiction regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. This is a graphic non-literal parallel of the message in the Big Book by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, creators of the 12 step method. Yes, graphic novel means it is a comic book but not one of super heroes or funny people. The author chose this method to illustrate the 12 steps in order to reach a broader audience. Entertaining and highly instructive it is a quick read but as my wife said after reading it "now I know what it must be like to be an Addict!