Zero Proof is a biweekly podcast featuring writers Shelley Mann Hite and Jackie Mantey. On each episode, these two former journalism colleagues/ bar buddies read and discuss one book about sobriety, self-growth, or surviving—and then thriving—in spaces that profit when we numb ourselves, from ourselves. Learn more at zeroproofbookclub.com.
In the season finale of Zero Proof Book Club, Shelley and Jackie dig into future plans, listening to the self, and moving on, all inspired by the healing work and writing in love warrior Glennon Doyle’s latest book, “Untamed.”
The Body Keeps The Score
As part of their discussion about Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” Shelley and Jackie talk through EMDR therapy, sex before and after getting sober, and how our bodies can carry bad experiences, even long after they’ve happened.
In review of Julie Buntin’s novel about two teenage girls and the year that killed one of them, Shelley and Jackie discuss pills, sober medical diagnoses, friendship, and the romanticism of “troubled young woman” throughout history and its negative effect on generations of girls.
Melissa Febos’ book of memoirs leads Shelley and Jackie on a discussion of the changes and challenges of long-term sobriety and the way hunger shows up in our lives physically and emotionally. Jackie discusses her new therapy focused on recovering relational trauma and Shelley considers doing the 12 steps.
A Candid COVID-19 Convo
Jackie and Shelley pause the book club to talk about the COVID-19 crisis and how we’re both dealing with the experience.
A Piece of Cake
Shelley and Jackie discuss the 2005 memoir by Cupcake Brown, a survivor of child abuse, rape, gang violence, and much more. In recovery, Cupcake eventually became a lawyer at a prestigious firm and now shares her profound story of recovery around the world.