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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.