Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction by Claudia Christian

This book is quite possibly the most candid book I’ve ever experienced. That Claudia Christian narrates the audiobook herself makes it feel that much more personal, and that much more powerful. On Babylon 5, her character Susan Ivanova is tougher-than-nails, the left hand of God and vengeance personified when the call arises. The actress behind the character… she’s much tougher by necessity, and all too human, just like the rest of us.

Everyone has that personal chink in the armor, the Achilles’ Heel to which we can fall prey. She found hers, and this book is an amazing chronicle of her battle with what she calls her inner monster. The book is intense and as relatable as a tale like this can be. It’s not for the squeamish, but it is one for pretty much anyone who doesn’t live that fairy tale perfect life. At its core, which she reminds us up front, this is a story of hope.

While I myself am not an alcoholic, I found the details to be particularly enlightening as to what that kind of thing is really like, and in the sharing, I felt like I was given a boost to my own fight against my own personal demons. We all have an addiction to something, even if we aren’t aware of it, and even if it seems minor by comparison of others. I’m always in the midst of battling with mine. This came along at exactly the right time, which is perhaps why I’m biased towards a higher rating, but I just can’t give anything less than the highest mark for a person who bared her soul to the world in this way. A book like this is courage incarnate.

5 stars

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