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Spoonful Kirkus Best of Top Best Indie Books Selection With humor irony and colorful prose this gritty and authentic novel follows Michael Lira a decent guy with a wicked heroin habit as he sees ev

  • Title: Spoonful
  • Author: Chris Mendius
  • ISBN: 9780578095417
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kirkus Best of 2012, Top 25 Best Indie Books Selection With humor, irony, and colorful prose, this gritty and authentic novel follows Michael Lira a decent guy with a wicked heroin habit as he sees everyone getting ahead except for him and his friends, who are all junkies, artists, and has beens In the era of Bill Clinton and the dot com boom, his Wicker Park neighborhoodKirkus Best of 2012, Top 25 Best Indie Books Selection With humor, irony, and colorful prose, this gritty and authentic novel follows Michael Lira a decent guy with a wicked heroin habit as he sees everyone getting ahead except for him and his friends, who are all junkies, artists, and has beens In the era of Bill Clinton and the dot com boom, his Wicker Park neighborhood has become overrun with hipsters and yuppies, leaving him to support his lifestyle through petty crime and the occasional drug deal After finally seeing a chance to make a real move, Michael swears off dope and builds a stake in the drug dealing world, hoping to parlay it into enough cash to start a new life as a solid citizen With the help of Sal, his partner in crime, he manages to pull together a bundle of money and rolls the dice in the stock market everyone else is getting rich, so why can t he In spite of his good intentions, Michael s best laid plans fall apart and his life spins out of control, leaving him to struggle against the ever present pull towards the downward spiral of addiction.

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        Chicago author Chris Mendius novel Spoonful was released by Anything Goes Publishing LLC in February 2012 The novel was awarded the Kirkus Star of Remarkable Merit This is Mendius first published novel.


    1. Chris Mendius’ SPOONFUL is a roller coaster ride with Michael Lira and his merry band of addicts at the helm. It is colorful, sordid, and very real. Even if the reader has no real connection with addiction, it is easy to empathize with them, feel their desperation and momentary spots of relief. It digs dip into the complicated relationships among the friends and their perspective girlfriends, and even the relationships between junkies and their dealers. Their preoccupations with the next high [...]

    2. Spoonful is an incredibly original and captivating book, but to compare genres, think: Trainspotting meets SLC Punk!Michael Lira is a junky, and Spoonful is his story of the downward spiral that is his life. This book is a slice of life story that is incredibly realistic. Stories like this are so common that they play out every day every city across the US.For people un-aquainted with the illegal drug scene, this book will be an eye-opener. For people who have been around hard drugs, this book w [...]

    3. This book is great! Beautiful description of gentrification in Chicago and an original, well written close up of heroin culture. Don't miss this one!

    4. Michael Lira is a crafty heroin addict with all sorts of sordid things going on. Not only does he manage not to work and always have enough cash for drugs, but his escapades along the way make for a great story.Sal is Michael’s best friend and partner in crime. Michael and Sal frequent Chicago’s roughest areas to score drugs while their own Wicker Park is being gentrified before their glassy, red, eyes. The guys frequent a pawn shop owned by a tough Polish woman with various items: both stol [...]

    5. Spoonful follows Michael and his best friend Sal. The two are roommates who share an addiction to heroin and aren't above the occasional illegal activity to score some cash to support the habit. When they are introduced to some local college kids who are looking for a drug hookup Michael decides to start dealing and begins to make pretty good money. A fight at a party results in Michael and Sal getting arrested where they decide to get clean and focus on improving their lives. A customer of Mich [...]

    6. This book was written by a friend of a friend. This made me reluctant to read it, as this scenario often leads to disappointment on my part, and hurt feelings on the part of the author and the author's advocates. Add to the mix that the genre of druggie subculture book holds little fascination for me these days, and that it is Mr. Mendius' first novel, and I had a huge internal resistance to reading it. However, I overcame my fears, and quite enjoyed it.The characters in the book are distinct pe [...]

    7. I was hooked by page two and couldn't put the book down. The characters were well- developed and I found myself caring about them. I just finished reading and am feeling conflicted about the ending! I am quite fond of the author's writing style; it reads very much like a screenplay Hopeful for a film version someday

    8. Spoonful: My reviewAuthor: Chris MendiusSal and Mike prefer the easy way out to make a living in order to feed their drug habits and score. Sal is the brains of the operation and Michael goes along with his schemes. We meet these two as they decide to rob an unsuspecting woman on a business trip that Sal had dropped at the airport right before convincing Michael to join in this caper. Thinking he has it all worked out logistics and all they enter the condo unit thinking it is vacant and come sma [...]

    9. Nobody ever says, “When I grow up, I want to be a junkie.” Then again, nobody ever says, “When I grow up, I want to be an accounting clerk, or an insurance adjuster, or some middle manager with a potbelly and a bad case of acid reflux.” It just happens.Spoonful opens with the above sentences and the first sentence is quoted on the cover of the book. No doubt a good quotation and one that accurately represents the life of the main character Michael Lira. Chris Mendius, in his first book, [...]

    10. The characters in Chris Mendius’s novel, “Spoonful,” are expertly drawn: they are three-dimensional flesh-and-blood portraits of people. That is what is so special about this novel, its humanization of the story’s central players, which, admittedly, is a feat that’s not normally highlighted. This seems a prerequisite to any bound book containing words, but it is unique when the characters are people that society often shuns: heroin addicts.Mendius walks a tightrope between romanticizin [...]

    11. We reviewed this book discussion-style at our blog, InsatiableBooksluts. I gave the book 4/5 stars; Rob, my co-blogger, gave it 5/5. Here's an excerpt of our discussion:"Rob: I liked the book quite a lot. It read more like a screenplay with all the dialogue.Rob: reminded me of that film Gridlock’d.Susie: I liked the writing a lot.Rob: I liked his writing too. The book copy I had had one too many typos/mistakes; I hope the newer copies were combed over more carefully. Other than that, I felt hi [...]

    12. From the colorful cover to the brief epilogue mixing hope and despair in equal parts, I liked everything about Spoonful. Vivid characters? Check. Vivid verbs and active voice? Check. Tense, compelling situations? Check. Showing you things you haven’t seen before? Check. Believable? Check. Humor? Check. Pathos? Check. Tragedy? Check. Peppered with tons of movie and pop-culture references? Check. At one point, Sal refers to his friends as “droogies.” Clockwork Orange. Loved that! Colorful, t [...]

    13. Originally reviewed at the US Review of Books: theusreview/reviews/Sp"Before you know it, the birds are chirping and the garbage trucks are rolling. You're out hundreds of dollars and for what?"Taking to heart the old bit about how no one ever wants to grow up and do drugs, this tale of Chicagoland vice brings an interesting twist to the classic junkie trope. Michael Lira does drugs out of boredom and dissatisfaction with the American dream, and sees nothing wrong with making money off his habit [...]

    14. The best thing I can say about this novel is that it isn't the worst book I've ever read (I would have given it 2 1/2 stars but there wasn't an option). It's somewhat engaging, contains some colourful and ironic prose, and the characters are reasonably well drawn. But when I'm reading, the last thing I want to get distracted by is poor grammar and typos. From the outset, it's clear that this is a self-published work: typos of this magnitude (extra words, missing words, words around the wrong way [...]

    15. Read my full review @ bit/Yay0ueMy opinion: I could never quite warm up to this novel. Although the writing in the book was wonderful, I just really didn't enjoy the storyline nor ANY of the characters. Although, the storyline was pretty dark, I did enjoy the dark, sarcastic humor that went along with Michael's world. I do have to admit that as a former addictions counselor, Mendius NAILED the scene. So, it is a relatively realistic read as to the "culture". I think another issue that I had with [...]

    16. Michael Lira lived in Chicago,s Wicker Park neighborhood in the late nineties.He saw everyone else getting ahead in life except him and his friends a bunch of artists,junkies and has been's. Between his trysts with Lila a painter/stripper and slamming dope. Micheal has what he needs but its not enough. So when he meets two frat boys from Northwestern who are looking to score he see's his chance and decides to take it. With the help of his partner in crime Sal Micheal pulls together a bundle of m [...]

    17. This book by Mendius showcases a hard look at the inside of a drug addict's life and the ups and downs that can come with addictions. Good read that could one day be easily turned into a movie or short filmwork. Tough at first with the saturation of differnet characters that are introduced in different scenes or scenarios at the beginning, but Mendius slowly makes them all come together, from the bookies to the addicts and the middle men everywhere.With this being his first published novel, I am [...]

    18. Laden with sex, drugs and violence, Spoonful is a look into the life of a heroin addict. The main character, Michael, is a low-life with potential, and I started the book with high hopes for redemption. While Chris Mendius' writing did not captivate me, the dialogue was real and the scenes were almost too believable. At times funny and most of the time shocking, each chapter ended with a cliffhanger that goaded me to keep reading.Read the rest of this review at Underground Book Reviews dot com.

    19. I read this on a recent military training exercise and I was almost late to a meeting it was so hard to put down. He makes the subculture very real and the relationships believable. When the frayed safety net starts to really give way, you can see that things may not end well. But there are enough plot turns to keep going. And the author got me to care about some arguably unlikeable people. Great book. Not a read for the faint of heart. Hope he writes more. I am going to try to get through the r [...]

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