Domenica Ruta’s With or Without You is a Janis Joplin–esque rock ’n’ roll wail in part about her mother, Kathi, a drug addict who shared too much but who always was willing to provide money — when she had it — for her daughter to pursue cultural interests. (Less impressive was Kathi’s tendency to dispense OxyContin for cramps.) Raised in rough-edged Danvers, Mass., Ruta went on to win scholarships to a tony boarding school and then to college and graduate school, which allowed her to extricate herself from her mother’s increasingly tragic life — but not before hitting bottom herself. With a noir sense of humor, Ruta demonstrates why the most difficult people in our lives are often those we miss most when they’re gone.