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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
About the Author
Sacha Z. Scoblic is a writer living in Washington, D.C. A former editor at The New Republic and Reader’s Digest, she has written about everything from space camp to pulp fiction and was a contributor to The New York Times’s online series “Proof: Alcohol and American Life.” Her sobriety date is June 15, 2005.
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But those sequences made the book feel disjointed to me. I wanted to skip that stuff and read more about how her addiction and subsequent decision to get sober changed her relationship with her family and her husband. She writes about how great they are, but glosses over the real meat of the relationship(s). Expounding on an early courtship with her husband and some of the slip ups that happened along the way (I think she mentions one in the book about staying out until 7 am after saying she'd be home for 60 Minutes), or maybe telling a few stories about when he wasn't so great -- when it was hard for them to see eye to eye during the long (and ongoing) process of recovery -- that would have brought the book home for me.
Nevertheless, an easy and fast read from a good writer.
I don't want to insult the author -- the writing is quick and fun and her voice is clear. But to the READER, I just want to give clear expectations of what this book is and isn't. It isn't about coping with recovery. It isn't full of tips on how to deal with being sober in a drunk society. It is a funny personal account of a party girl who decided to give up the party. So if you're a sorority girl who's gone a little overboard with the party and you would like to know how to quit drinking without being socially awkward around your still-drunk friends (like what to say at that dinner party when your friend cooks everything with wine?? #firstworldproblems), this book is PERFECT. But if you seriously need help with quitting and recovery, there are countless books that are better suited for your needs.