Book Review: Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal – by Brett Ann Stanciu

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Brett Ann Stanciu, the librarian in a small Vermont town, was struggling after a parishioner known to be a habitual drug user and frequent intruder into the library building after hours took his own life shortly after he was seen entering the Library broke in again one night. She can’t let it go and believes that seeking knowledge and understanding about opioid addiction, how to overcome addiction and the nature of the disease itself is her only path and she takes us on her journey. She seeks out experts and ex-addicts, asks probing and fundamental questions, and as we do, we learn more and more. She takes us with her. Along the way, she spices her story with the small, beautiful moments of typical Vermont life—her yard, the swimming hole, living with her kids—and that immediacy gives the book an authenticity that makes it all the more human. Stanciu’s book is in many ways for her, but also for us, Vermonters, addicts, family members of addicts, anyone who has lost loved ones to the opioid crisis, and it is written in such an accessible way that I found it difficult to put down.

— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons. Connect with her on Instagram @jennysbookshop for more great book reviews and recommendations. Look for these titles and more at your local bookstore.

Ten recommendations for the opioid crisis

The Littlest of Us, by Sam Quinones

Drunk, by Beth Macy

Heroine, by Mindy McGinnis

Death in the Mud Leak, by Eric Eyre

Fentanyl, Inc. by Ben Westhoff

Canary in the Coal Mine, by William Cooke

Opioid, Indiana, by Brian Allen Carr

Do No Harm, by Harry Wiland

Killing Season, by Peter Canning

Invisible as Air, by Zoe Fishman

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