4.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling new perspective, Nov. 3 2003
I enjoy reading memoirs on subjects I know nothing about. Alcoholism was one of those topics. I thought that you could just stop drinking, but it's like telling a depressed person to stop being depressed; it doesn't work that way. I also stereotyped alcoholics as people that didn't function on a normal everyday basis and had to struggle to do so. But this book was very enlightening into a world I knew nothing about. Alcoholics are college graduates, hold down prestigious jobs, come from upper middle class families and go to work everyday, without people knowing about their addiction. They're not all homeless or living in squalor. While this may sound obvious, it was new to me, Caroline Knapp writes about her experience with alcoholism in a way that it's easy to understand without being too fundamental or boring.