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The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper-class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist. Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well-to-do parents pushed her toward anexoria and then alcoholism. Fittingly, it was literature that saved her: She found inspiration in Pete Hamill's A Drinking Life and sobered up. Her tale is spiced with the characters she's known along the way. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Freelance journalist Knapp began drinking in her early teens and continued unabatedly until she "hit bottom" in 1995 and checked herself into a rehab at the age of 36. During that time she managed to graduate with honors from Brown and have a successful career as a journalist, and few people suspected she had a problem with the bottle. Here she recounts the years of denial that helped her rationalize the blackouts, innumerable hangovers, broken relationships and family tensions characteristic of the alcoholic's story. Knapp interweaves her personal history with factual information about alcohol abuse, including frequent references to the AA meetings she's attended. Here's a confession utterly devoid of self-pity, an extraordinarily lucid and very well-written personal account of a common addiction that is filled with insights as well as a comprehensive treatment of the subject. The text reproduces a questionnaire for alcoholism made up by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. First serial to the New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild selection; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really enjoyed this memoir - I felt like I truly understood Knapp's troubles, and was rooting for her throughout.Published 10 days ago by Celeste Thayer
Very convincing and compelling testimony! It is not just about alcoholism....it is possibly about her struggle to situate herself in life, looking for peace within herself.... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ursula Carmody
Good book and sad also.. I recommend it to anyone talking any alcohol abide classesPublished 18 days ago by rachel rowe
Too many boring details about her drinking and not enough recovery but I guess that's why she called it "Drinking" and not "Sobriety. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Carol Sullivan Weis
A really powerful book. While I expected more in terms of reading about recovery than drinking, the ending of the book left such a deep impression on me. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tatiana
Caroline speaks of a tragedy all to common, from the inside looking out. It is a sad story of a life lost needlessly from self-destructive behavior.Published 27 days ago by Steve Stadler
I thought I read this book in the early 90s, but it looks like the book came out in '97 so it must have been later. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sherrie Miranda
For those of us who have had to break up with an addiction, booze, drugs or food. This book says it all! She is funny and serious and sad at all the right moments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AgateAnnie