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Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"Scoblic's testament to life on the wagon is pertinent and raffish, marked by considerable candor and humor. A dryly witty, spirited memoir."
"A gripping, inspiring tale that picks up where most sobriety memoirs leave off. ... This is a story for anyone trying to enact meaningful change in their lives." --Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, co-authors, The Nanny Diaries
"Hilarious and heartbreaking, Unwasted is a traveler's guide to the perilous, wondrous land of sobriety. Scoblic's scorched, sweet prose is the work of a writer at the top of her form." --Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There
"As someone who's been drunk with Sacha Scoblic, I can attest that she's even smarter, sweeter and funnier when sober. This book is all of those things, one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time." --Tucker Carlson
"Sacha Z. Scoblic's often funny, always honest, and wholly unflinching look at her sobriety is not to be missed. As Sacha chooses her life, you'll choose this author: she's a revelation." --Megan Crane, author of I Love the 80s
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As a recovering individual, I was constantly thinking "I did that!" or "Oh my gosh, someone else thinks that too?" So many experiences mirrored my own as well as others I know in recovery, and the way they are presented is fresh, clever, and with a near dark humor where the author never takes herself too seriously, yet never lets the stakes of sobriety be dismissed. The novel didn't have the oozing sentimentality most writers treat their addiction, and had just the right dash of AA program to make it a deep, honest, and fun reflection on sobriety.
The marathon section that related running to sobriety worked perfect for me. I will never forget her dreams of wearing the post-marathon 'space blanket.'
Unwasted is great book for anyone in recovery or interested in the mental workings of an addict who has always had 'the hunger.' Read it with Led Zeppelin playing softly in the background, because we all know you just can't dance to Led Zeppelin
This is a wonderful book and Ms. Scoblic is a wonderful writer. If you've never even had a drink, you should read it for the sheer pleasure of a good narrative, for the humor and the understanding it will provide regarding the millions of people who are born with or somehow taught the nature of alcoholism.
Very well done, Sacha.
Big NA cheers is to you Sasha and our next year of recovery, if things improve as much in the next year as they did in the last we are in for a wild and wondrous ride.
I liked her fantasies even in early sobriety. Haven't we all had those "just one more thoughts"? Good thing many of us had tough sponsors to quell them! Not initially believing in 12-step programs, Sacha goes, feeling that perhaps her relationships will improve, she will have a different perspective on her job, and her thoughts on all things past will be diminished and improve. She expects, as do we all, to find shabbily dressed bums and "out there" people who she can't relate to. Instead, what she discovers is a group of people she can relate to - honest, caring, and to whom she can go to when life gets rough.
This is indeed an exceptional book; it is witty, entertaining, and the story of how after years of drinking one can take back one's life. As we say, "beyond your wildest dreams". Highly Highly recommended!!