Would You Like To Read The Adderall Diaries?

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Update: As of September 1st this offer is no longer valid. You can purchase a copy of The Adderall Diaries from Indiebound. For tour dates and more information, click here.

Update: As of August 6 there are 349 people participating in The Adderall Diaries Lending Library. I think I could accommodate up to 400 people at this point, I think, providing everybody is good about forwarding the book in a timely manner.

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I’m offering to loan people copies of my forthcoming true-crime memoir, The Adderall Diaries.

The book will be published in September, but if you send an email to adderall@therumpus.net
I might send you an advance copy.

Here’s the hitch, if I mail you a book I’ll also email you the address of the next person to send it to. You have a week to read it, then you have to send your copy to the next address priority mail. Priority mail postage is $4.95. So this is not totally free. The easiest way to do this is by printing out postage at USPS.com.

In your email please include your address and a little bit about yourself. Priority given to people who are verifiably real.

A thorough review of The Adderall Diaries in Fanzine.

Here’s a conversation on HTMLGIANT about The Adderall Diaries Lending Library.

Here’s a review from The Velvet.

Here’s an interview from Chuck Palahniuk’s website, The Cult.

Here’s the Facebook Group founded by Jeffrey Blumenthal, “I Read an Advanced Copy of The Adderall Diaries.”

And here’s a related article from Salon.com.


Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including the memoir The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. He is the founding editor of The Rumpus. His feature film debut, About Cherry, was distributed by IFC. His second movie, based on his novel Happy Baby, is forthcoming. More from this author →