There have been many losses during the pandemic, not least of all the record number of overdose deaths across America. While the current despair from isolation, job loss and stress has exacerbated the problem, drug addiction and overdose from illegal and pharmaceutical drugs have been a reality for decades.

Sam Quinones, the author of today’s book, is most well known for his reporting in Dreamland, a book that covers the connected stories of heroin and OxyContin addiction. Now with The Least of Us, Quinones returns with an elegant fusion of gripping personal narratives, burned-out towns, politics and neuroscience to share the pain of the people hit hardest by addiction and how we can find hope for a better tomorrow.

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Jay’s Book Talk: The Least of Us, Fountaindale Public Library


Genres: Nonfiction, Economics, Addiction

First Released: 2021

Part of a Series: No

Find it!: On our shelves & Libby

Call Number: 362.293 QUI

For my in-depth review, check out my book talk below.