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Parched: A Memoir Paperback – September 5, 2006
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A remarkable story of spiritual enlightenment from the depths of alcoholism. - Bradley Quick, The Bradley Quick Show, KRLA (Los Angeles) 5/28/05
Pained adolescence sordid drinking days King avoids the clichés in favor of self-deprecating humor .terrifying, and equally human. - Claire Suddath, Nashville Scene 6/23/05
Poignant It gives us all hope for embracing grace. - Arlene Helderman, National Catholic Reporter 5/20/05
King uses humor and bare-bulb honesty to describe her childhood and the 20 years she spent drunk. - Stephanie Bouchard, Maine Sunday Telegram 7/3/05
Its a story about a good girl gone bad - gone good. "Parched," lays naked her 18 years wrapped in drugs and alcohol: sweet memories, toilet rims and all. - Jeanné McCartin, Portsmouth Herald 7/11/05
Through her gift of words, she is a living suggestion of the potential each of us has for knowing happiness precisely because we thirst. - Fr. James Behrens, OCSO, Our Journey Toward Happiness, Monastery of the Holy Spirit 6/14/05
Poignant, painfully honest and inspirational true story of her 20-year struggle with alcoholism. - Gay City News (New York), 6/23/05 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Addiction memoirs also share another common theme: It's not my fault. Except King doesn't play the blame game. She doesn't blame an alcoholic home, childhood sexual abuse, a bad relationship, a catastrophic illness or event, unmet expectations or a reckless youth. She completely self-destructs under her own power.
Finally, addiction memoirs usually have this in common: I am pathetic; feel sorry for me. King knows she's pathetic and she not only doesn't feel sorry for herself, she refuses to allow the reader to indulge in a pity party, either.
King writes from such a shocking and hard perspective that her story caught me off-balance. In fact, I felt a little punch-drunk, stumbling along with her as she careened from one unfathomable disaster to another. I've never felt so inside an addiction story. It is what it is, she seems to say. And what it is is ugly.
Yet, a profound sense of shame anchors this book. And her feeling of unworthiness is palatable even if it is inexplicable - this is a woman who graduated with honors from law school despite being chronically drunk. This is not a memoir masquerading as an explanation, or a boast, or revenge or even as a triumph. It is a memoir written as a stark confession. "Parched" is an intimate exploration of recovery through forgiveness.
I was able to put myself in the bars, in the restaurants, the author's life. One thing I appreciated about the story, was that the author was able to get me there, to let me feel the pain, without the gratuitous details of her sex & drug life.
In the end, the author writes of grace: "I just know that only a God of inexhaustible love, infinite creativity, and a burning desire to count every last one of us in could have taken a broken-down wreck like me and made something useful of her."
Thank you, Heather King, for sharing your story.
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Book was ok. Thought too much time spent on drunken escapades and not enough on her recovery.Published 18 days ago by Dawn
I loved this book. Heather King wonderfully portrayed life as an alcoholic and is an inspiration to those who wish to be sober and maintain a sober lifestyle.Published 1 month ago by bluluckycharm
appallingly boring. I enjoy memoirs, but this was a disaster. The part I read in the sample on my kindle was very engaging, but after I purchased it I found that it completely bogs... Read morePublished 2 months ago by hm
This is Heather King's best book as far as I'm concerned. (Of the ones I've read) Her characters come alive and though much of her story is heartbreaking the book is quite... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Waters
I was mesmerized by Heather's stark honesty about her journey through addiction. Her straight forward approach exposes her life in a very raw, unobstructed manner. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Walker
If you have a drinking problem, read this book. If you can relate, you surely have a problem. I e-mailed the author upon completion and she responded in just a few minutes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eric H. Pangman
Difficult to read as another recovering alcoholic but so true. Her painful honesty is amazing.Published 5 months ago by Stephanie West
This book started strong and flowed well until about halfway through. The author then becomes verbose and predictable and the story loses its grip on the reader. Read morePublished 8 months ago by KarenM