Permanent Midnight, Jerry Stahl
Stahl's confessional about his Hollywood rise and fall is maybe one of the best drug memoirs ever written. After working as a struggling writer in Los Angeles and trying to beat a heroin addiction, Stahl caught a lucky break after joining the writing staff of ALF — which led to later jobs on shows like Moonlighting and thirtysomething. But Hollywood excess took a dark turn, and Stahl began wasting thousands of dollars a week on heroin. A mix of cautionary tale, showbiz memoir, and redemption story, Permanent Midnight is a brilliant portrait of addiction and recovery.