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The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper-class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist. Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well-to-do parents pushed her toward anexoria and then alcoholism. Fittingly, it was literature that saved her: She found inspiration in Pete Hamill's A Drinking Life and sobered up. Her tale is spiced with the characters she's known along the way. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Freelance journalist Knapp began drinking in her early teens and continued unabatedly until she "hit bottom" in 1995 and checked herself into a rehab at the age of 36. During that time she managed to graduate with honors from Brown and have a successful career as a journalist, and few people suspected she had a problem with the bottle. Here she recounts the years of denial that helped her rationalize the blackouts, innumerable hangovers, broken relationships and family tensions characteristic of the alcoholic's story. Knapp interweaves her personal history with factual information about alcohol abuse, including frequent references to the AA meetings she's attended. Here's a confession utterly devoid of self-pity, an extraordinarily lucid and very well-written personal account of a common addiction that is filled with insights as well as a comprehensive treatment of the subject. The text reproduces a questionnaire for alcoholism made up by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. First serial to the New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild selection; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well written and gave me a lot of insight into addictive personalities.Published 1 month ago by Rose Herdman
Very well written. This added a fuller view to me to help understand what a family member is going through. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Booklover
Excellent book. Highly recommended.. powerful, thoughtful, insightful, and real.Published 14 months ago by John
Ireally liked thebook beacuse it was reality and I could relate to it with my own addiction battles. It was me to a 'T'. I would recommend this to anyone with a drinking problem. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cory Hambleton
Anyone who has a question about their drinking habits should read this book and be able to see if they find themselves in the pages from time to time. Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by carolyn seeley
My guess is this woman wanted to write a book about her alcoholism. But her publisher said (just as mine did when I tried to write a memoir about my heroin addiction) "No, no,... Read morePublished on June 23 2004
I'm sure Knapp's problems would be juicy and interesting, if she would just be a little more direct in telling them. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Brian