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Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up Paperback – August 28, 2012
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About the Author
Born and raised in New York, Gerszberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn a dual master's degree in French and journalism at New York University. Her career in publishing began with a summer job at French Vogue in Paris, which paved the way for a full-time position at Mademoiselle magazine in New York. After four years as a research editor at Rolling Stone, Gerszberg launched her freelance career, and also became the New York correspondent for French Glamour, writing a monthly column in French.
Gerszberg has taught feature writing as an adjunct professor at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A passionate traveler, she lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Leah Odze Epstein, co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries, is a young adult and adult fiction writer. She has worked as a news assistant at The New York Times, an adjunct professor of writing at Baruch College, and an assistant editor at One World/Ballantine Books.
Epstein has written book and movie reviews for publications including Publisher’s Weekly and Bookpage, and has worked as a freelance editor. She currently blogs about women and drinking for The Huffington Post, and some of her poems can be found on the website Literary Mama.
Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Epstein now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
A couple of the pieces argue that alcohol can ease social anxiety and brighten the end of the day. At least one complains about the guilt imposed by censorious teenage offspring who are being scared straight at school. But (other than an odd piece by Jane Friedman) no one puts much passion into the pro-indulgence viewpoint. From my perspective, only the essay by Asra Nomani had something genuinely new to say. She's an American Muslim trying to find a path through what she perceives as the intolerance and hypocrisy of current Muslim attitudes towards alcohol. Really worth reading.
The most abhorrent story by far is "The Days of Wine and Seltzer." This is writing that goes above and beyond ostentatious, with the author blabbing non-stop about skiing and trips to Aspen ("the summer we joined Rob's father in Aspen (as Rob had done for years)," fancy liquors, spur of the moment trips to Niagara Falls or cross country, "sunset parties on the terrace," and comparing herself (a journalist for the now-defunct Spy magazine) to Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table for crying out loud! Also, the story starts out with her explaining how relatively early in her marriage, the drinking both she and her husband did got fairly out of control and, not to mince words, quite alcoholic. When her husband later decides to go on the wagon, not only is she not terribly supportive, but she whines about how this effects her and her social life and how she really wishes he would just drink again. So we have a little co-dependence mixed in with genuine alcoholism, and a hefty serving of denial for good measure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the variety of perspectives on women drinking ... affected by others' drinking, positive and negative aspects of their own drinking. Gave me lots to think about.Published 20 months ago by Julia Rembert
Very interesting look into womens lives and their relationship with drinking in a very non critical way. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by pearl
Interesting, well written and provocative stories of women growing up in families that struggled with drinking, family, relationships and self-esteem.Published on October 17, 2013 by vasbrodie
A warning if you haven't read the book: this review gives some things away. It is difficult to avoid the fact that, because these essays are about the respective authors' personal... Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by emrep
I found the stories totally boring and could not relate to anyone. They know nothing about alcoholism. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Lindah
This book, pretty much as advertised, was a compilation of little first-person essays based on experience and opinion. I expected something with more meat on its pages. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by LinnieRose