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Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Do we need (or want) another celebrity memoir about substance abuse and subsequent redemption? Surprisingly, Kristen Johnson’s Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster (Gallery Books, $25) provides fresh insights, raw self-exposure and acute comedy. A consummate functioning alcoholic/prescription drug abuser, the television (3rd Rock From the Sun) and stage actor is in denial until her burgeoning habit of two bottles of wine a night accompanied by pills ultimately causes her guts to give way. She nearly dies. Slowly, during her extended stay in a London hospital, she comes to realize what she’s done and what she must do. Brutally honest; exceedingly funny.

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The L.A. indie-pop band rocked a standing-room crowd of spirited kids for X107.5 FM’s Holiday Havoc show. Opening for the Shins, Passion Pit and AWOLNATION, Youngblood had the distinction of being the newest band on the bill. The musicians stood out with their up-tempo pop/rock fusion of sound and instrumentation.

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