Book Of The Day – Everything I Never Wanted to Be

by Ron on January 14, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Memoir by Dina Kucera and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Everything I Never Wanted to Be has a 4.6 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“Who knew a memoir about addiction could be both heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time?” Janice – Amazon Reviewer

Everything I Never Wanted to Be
by Dina Kucera
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Memoirs and Biographies
Price: $0.99 save $2


Everything I Never Wanted to Be – Nook

Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera is the true story of a family’s battle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Dina’s grandparents were alcoholics, her father was an alcoholic, she is an alcoholic and pill addict, and all three of her daughters struggle with alcohol and drug addiction–including her youngest daughter, who started using heroin at age fourteen.

Dina’s household also includes her husband and his unemployed identical twin, a mother who has Parkinson’s Disease, a grandson who has cerebral palsy, and other people who drift in and out of the household depending on their employment situation or rehab status. On top of all that, Dina is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and author so she can quit her crumby job as a grocery store clerk.

Through it all, Dina does her best to hold her family together, keep her faith, and maintain her sense of humor.

As you might imagine, a story filled with alcoholics and drug addicts includes a number of horrific events. But in the end, Everything I Never Wanted to Be is an uplifting story that contains valuable lessons for parents and teens alike, and a strong message about the need to address the epidemic of teen drug addiction in our nation. It’s a book that can change behavior and save lives–and make you laugh along the way.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Dina Kucera has demonstrated amazing courage by writing this memoir about the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse on a family. Her background as a comedienne helps to soften the painful stories she shares in her honest and open point of view. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been affected by substance abuse in order to learn how the bonds of a family can help to overcome seemingly insurmountable life challenges.


Everything I Never Wanted to Be will tie your heart in knots, it will have you howling in frustration and it will make you laugh out loud. This story is for everyone, not just for those plagued by addiction. In fact, those with the least experience with this disease will have the most to gain.


I never review books, but I felt like I absolutely needed to leave one this time! What a treat this book was!!! I read it in half a day and couldn’t put it down! This author wrote a very heartfelt and honest story of her life but her outlook was encouraging and inspiring! Everyone should read this book, I know I have recommended it to everyone I know!


What a beautiful and brutally-honest story filled with love, pain, laughter, and most of all hope. The author shares her life with such humor and keen insight that I long for her to be my best friend so I can continue to laugh, cry, and cherish the nuances of life.


At times horrific, hysterical, and heartbreaking, but it is always cathartic and uplifting. It will stay with you a long long time. I am a better person now than I was before reading this book and that is no small feat for a first time author. Buy this book, you will never be sorry you did.

Get Everything I Never Wanted to Be here: Everything I Never Wanted to Be

About The Author

Dina Kucera was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After completing a project to collect and identify fifty insects, she graduated from the ninth grade and left school for good. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Her first job was a paper route, and she has worked as a maid, bartender, waitress, and grocery store checker. She recently left her job as a checker to become a writer.

She has also been a stand-up comic for twenty years, for which she receives payment ranging from a small amount of money to a very, very small amount of money. When it comes to awards and recognition, she was once nominated for a Girl Scout sugar cookie award, but she never actually received the award because her father decided to stop at a bar instead of going to the award ceremony. Dina waited on the curb outside the bar, repeatedly saying to panhandlers, “Sorry. I don’t have any money. I’m seven.” Dina is married with three daughters, one stepson, and one grandson. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Dina Kucera and ENT appreciate it.


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