Review of Spoonful by Indie Reader

Excerpt: “Chris Mendius has written an epic account of addictive behavior and what people do when there are simply no options left. Spoonful is a wonderful foray into Wicker Park’s gentrification and life below the radar.” Hyperlink: IndieReader.com  ...

Interview with Chris Mendius about the story behind Spoonful

Excerpt: “It was an even more thrilling experience meeting Chris in person and hearing how Spoonful emerged at his book signing Wednesday night in Oak Park. Upon first meeting Mendius I was taken aback by his modest, nervous, demeanor. Yet throughout the interview he maintained that same energy and I quickly realized just how humble he is and grateful for this whole experience, especially being able to share his story which is still with him. He got his life together years ago with support and assistance from friends, family, and others in the early 90′s. At that time, Mendius made his first attempts at writing this novel after hearing the song “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon (see excerpt above) but ultimately didn’t have the tools he needed then to really tell his story and make it so compelling.” For the full interview, visit:...

Interview with Chris Mendius

“The book’s title comes from an old blues tune by Willy Dixon. The song’s point is that everyone needs something to get through this world and will do whatever it takes to get it. I don’t draw moral distinctions, but, practically speaking, the particular drug you’re hooked on does make a big difference. Alcoholics can go to a tavern or liquor store, but dope fiends gotta score, they gotta find a spot, they’re breaking the law and risking their lives. A [heroin] habit, with its physical dependency, is the ultimate tyranny, and getting out from under it is a big deal. Going from that to cocaine frees you from a set of shackles that, in my opinion, are the hardest to break.” For the full interview, visit: Kirkus...