I’m not sure how Smacked by Eilene Zimmerman ended up on my list, though I may have read about it in the NYT daily briefing email. It’s the memoir of Eilene’s shocking discovery after a 30-year relationship with her ex-husband, that he was a secret drug addict. There were points where I found the writing to be a little jumpy and confusing, but the story itself was mesmerizing and almost impossible to believe. I also didn’t love the next-to-last section where she delves into the science and research of others like Peter, but overall, it was hard to put down, fascinating, and horribly sad.

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