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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety Paperback – August 1, 2009
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"Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is an excellent read. I was absolutely entranced by Brownell's journey, her wit, her honesty, her special connection to Ted (her recovery soul mate), and the many women who helped her stay sober. And I was so relieved that she got the message. Her story touched me deeply, not just because I am a woman in recovery, but because a story of hope resonates. This book deserves a wide audience." -Karen Casey, Ph.D. author of Each Day a New Beginning and Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow
"...The real story is the subtitle of the book, "Getting Through The First Year of Sobriety" Kids or no kids, you will relate to this. We all have had to get through the first year, or maybe you are trying to get through the first year (maybe for the first time maybe for the umpteenth time)...You don't need someone to tell you the story because I think Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is a book you will want for yourself. Buy it, read it, and when you are through, pass it on. If you don't like sharing your books (I don't) tell your friends about it and then pass on the strength and hope I am sure you will have received from Rachel's message." --Kathy L., BellaOnline's 12 Step Recovery Editor
"Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore gives the reader insight not only into the effects of addiction on the entire family, but solutions for those in the grips of family trauma. Rachael's journey, well written with wit, humor, and brutal honesty, is a must read." ―Barb Rogers, author of Twenty-Five Words and Keep It Simple and Sane
"Brownell's evocative and poignant Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is the story of every woman, a redemptive coming of age memoir as challenging as it is healing; a support group in prose. Whether you are struggling to reconcile your addiction or looking for guidance as a mother, woman, human being, Brownell's journey of self-awareness and self-discovery is sure to motivate and inspire. A triumph of a memoir for all women enduring." -Rebecca Woolf, author of "Rockabye: From Wild to Child"
"Rachael Brownell's true story of her journey into those first 12 months of recovery is a candid mirror. Written straight from her heart, Brownell understands the denial, fear, guilt and shame. She also conveys the pride she gained as she continued in her recovery. Comfort, encouragement and support are interwoven with her words. A gift for anyone who is seeking their own Truth regarding addiction and recovery." -Barbara Joy, author of Easy Does It, Mom
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"I used to believe "Never trust a woman who doesn't drink"
It's cute and clever.
It's killing me."
The writing is wry and vibrant. It quickly captures the reader's attention. It doesn't linger too much in any place, moving along at such a pace that I consumed it like a delicious candy bar.
The memoir includes some personal background. She reveals how she tried to hold her life together as her parents divorced and her mother entered recovery. We discover how drinking has helps her avoid the challenges of parenting and relationships. Alcohol has taken her from her reality; it becomes a way for her to pretend her life is fine, when it is truly broken. It has put her family at risk. Can she give up the hooch?
The remaining chapters are divided according to the 12-step system of offering rewards for periods of sobriety: 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, and a year. We witness the small rewards along the way, while admitting that sobriety isn't a picnic. Without alcohol, she need not be brave, self-sufficient, snarky or mean. She can be a human being, struggling with other people who want to live their lives without the haze and fog of booze. Her life isn't easy, but it is richer, fuller, with love and laughter.
A prophet once said, "the truth will set you free" and that is what Brownell has chosen.
Brownell keeps the story close to home, avoiding pat answers, offering a compelling, everywoman narrative. It fills out the current literature about being a new parent, refraining from too much evaluation or psychobabble.Read more ›
Brownell's story will resonate with "high bottom" alcoholics and help those around them to lend support and understanding.
I especially appreciate her abilility to honestly tell her story without depicting herself as a victim. Her bouyant upbeat personality shines through as she avoids the maudlin depictions so often seen in memoirs about addiction.
Her writing takes on the not so nice issue of alcoholism in a funny straightforward manner that had me nodding my head, smiling and laughing out loud. Her metaphors are fresh and funny, for instance, "I felt like a finger puppet without the finger."
This is a hard book to put down.
I suspect we are going to hear a lot more from this talented creative author.
And I'm looking forward to it!
Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is a fast read, with a sometimes airy tone that appeals to the every-reader. I highly recommend it. And I don't take a highly recommend lightly, people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great insight into alcoholism, funny and sad at times, but very helpful to me. Great insight into what my best friend is going through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Stephens
Inspiring and thoughtful. A fully enjoyable easy read. Brownell offers a clearly defined year in snapshot into the recovery universe.Published 8 months ago by Sharon Ruth Boesen
This is a hard situation. I love the writer and her raw openness.Published 9 months ago by Shirley Bragg
So thoughtfully written, with refreshingly self-deprecating humor. Like having a particularly funny and honest friend in the room talk about her struggles. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jessica H. Langerman
This was a good fast read and well put together. It's well written with some good insightful moments worth highlighting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon customer
I brought this book for a substance abuse class I was taking. I will probably donate it to Goodwill now that the course is over.Published 23 months ago by Angry buyer
A frank and hoest memoir that serves as a reminder to all mothers that it is easy to convince ourselves we deserve a drink to take the edge off our stressful lives, we need to... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Caroline Trotman