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"Anyone looking for an extraordinarily well-written tale of personal redemption, of overcoming addiction and finding a joyous and rewarding life on the other side, get a copy of "Drunken Angel" and read it, cover to cover. You'll be glad you did."
"This type of memoir can often feel predictable, but what makes Kaufman's stand out is the passion with which he throws himself into recovery... In a less talented writer's hands, a work like this might have come off like testimonial, but Kaufman is an amazing writer who really nails the recovery milieu. His work reminds me of Harry Crews, who famously presented on the page the poverty stricken deep South of his own childhood. What Crews did for depression-era Georgia sharecroppers, Kaufman does for people recovering in 12-step programs. Drunken Angel tells in pitch-perfect language and tone what recovery from alcoholism by going to 12-step meetings is like ... Kaufman has a great capacity to surprise and delight ...a testament to the human spirit and will to survive."
--Internet Review of Books
"Kaufman -- who also wrote the books "Matches" and "Jewboy" -- describes wild and dangerous binge drinking as powerfully as masters of the genre, like Charles Bukowski and Frederick Exley."
--The Jewish Daily Foreword Reviews
"In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde arts advocate... A clearly articulated roadmap to freedom for the addict, "Drunken Angel" is an easy and exciting memoir. This outlaw hero is someone to cheer for..." --"Foreword Reviews"
"[An] addictive memoir of self-destruction, recuperation and a literary coming-of-age." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Whether the subject is parental abuse, alcoholism, or the travails of the writing life, Kaufman's ("Jew Boy; Matches") memoir violently grabs your attention, refusing to let up until he's had his say. This is a br
what a waste of ink, I found the entire piece, (it'd be an insult to call it a "work") Self pitying, star struck,boring, self conscious, pathetically over dramatic, the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fels
Wow! This book is truly the most riveting nonfiction book I've read in years. Alan Kaufman holds nothing back about the pain and cruelty of being an alcoholic and the uneven hope... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lorraine Roe
I'd read a preview of this one a few years ago, but wasn't quite ready for it then. Great first 100 pages, far more interesting than a typical drunkalog.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Made me cringe, laugh, and . Thank you. Time to purchase "Jew Boy", can not wait for another adventure Mr. Kaufman!Published 11 months ago by Daniel Huerta
Honest memoir. Sometimes tough to read. Good insights on how an alcoholic thinks.Published 13 months ago by DEBS
This author is rather creepy - someone you would not want your daughter to meet! He talks frequently about thrusting into women whether he is drunk or not. Read morePublished 14 months ago by alohahawaii
A memoir about overcoming addiction, but much more, giving the reader a look at the origins of performance poetry both on the East and West Coasts from the point of view of a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lenore Weiss
Anyone in recovery who has heard another drunk at a recovery support-group meeting tell his or her story of what he or she was like when drinking, what happened to change the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ned Netterville