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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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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
You' 're such a gifted writer - I saw myself over & over throughout your crazy days and the (mostly miserable ) sober days - still working on getting to the finish line.....and feeling so inspired after reading your book, I may just have to read it a few more times, until it REALLY sinks in that I can do it and maybe eventually learn to enjoy life without drinking my way through it. You're book is the one and only book I've read on this subject that actually touched me - made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think. Thank you Sacha- wishing you all good things in your future- maybe I'll be running beside you one of these days - if I ever get it together enough to "choose to run",