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Sobrietease Paperback – April 4, 2016
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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About the Author
MarthaCarucci is an author/blogger who lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband andthree children.
Marthaspent many years as a lobbyist for the telecommunications industry and iscurrently the Executive Director of the National Breast Center Foundation.
Shestudied at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Georgetown.
Marthais an avid golfer and tennis player. She currently spends most of her timetrying to avoid being suckered into too many volunteer positions andmaintaining her sobriety and sanity.
Visit Martha's blog at sobrietease.org
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Newly transferred to a suburb of a major metropolitan city, I found that I live in a place where drinkers shun non-drinkers—even those they’ve been friends with for 10+ years. The drinkers slap them with the invisible yet giant “A” label and rather than respect the courage, tenacity and resilience that it took for a human being to say no to the easily-available, 24/7 media-advertised drug that is alcohol, the vast majority of my drinking neighbors pretend that these sober trailblazers don’t exist and essentially wipe them out of their social lives.
Having lived many years among drinkers and non-drinkers alike downtown in another city, apparently I was in an enlightened haven all this time because wherever I looked, non-drinkers were still invited to celebrations, cookouts and anything else that drinkers could possibly use as an excuse to drink and no one was made to feel awkward or burdensome. There were always the tubs of non-alcoholic beverages—no big deals made.
So this “Stepford” Suburbia thing had me stumped. And then a friend sent me to Martha’s blog,[...]. Eye-opening and funny— it’s a great combination for educating someone on what it’s like for a non-drinker in Suburbia, where everything is perfect and successful…right up until it’s not.
Ms. Carucci’s book is a curated compilation of blog pieces written by the author with humor and unflinching honesty that not only confronts the 800lb drunk gorilla in her suburban living room, but also brings it outside for everyone to see and, more importantly, to understand that it’s never too late to turn your life around.