Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption

Presenter: Kate Gaudet

In the midst of New Hampshire's opioid crisis, we are far from the time when addiction was an unfamiliar and even taboo subject. Narratives of addiction and recovery have become their own genre, with familiar shapes and forms that reflect deep cultural ideas about morality, free will, and social responsibility. The popularity of such narratives has created opportunities for empathy and understanding; they have also fostered particular beliefs about how addiction and recovery work. This talk will explore some of the most common stories about addiction, providing tools for understanding on a narrative and structural level. From this foundation, we will explore whether the familiarity of some stories might create barriers to recognizing different experiences of addiction or approaches to recovery, and think about where we might find more diverse accounts to inform our understanding of and response to addiction.


Join us as we celebrate 50 years of bringing the humanities to your community!

The 2024 Oyster River Community Read will take place February-April 2024. The book to be discussed is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver and it deals with opioid addiction. 

Event Details


Wednesday, February 28, 2024 6:00pm


Madbury Public Library
11 Town Hall Road
Madbury NH 03823

Hosted By:

Madbury Public Library

Contact Info:

Madbury Public Library, 603-743-1400