In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir of her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic, Caroline Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. "Presents just enough science and provides a wrenching inner look at what this disease and the recovery from it feels like".- ...
In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir of her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic, Caroline Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. "Presents just enough science and provides a wrenching inner look at what this disease and the recovery from it feels like".--"San Francisco Chronicle".
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It is a dreadful waste that Caroline Knapp should have died so young, but she left a legacy of some truly remarkable books on difficult subjects that should help many, many people. 'Drinking' is one of them - her story of how, why, and when, she drank might sound theoretically self absorbed, but her honesty and humour could help many readers who see friends or partners - or themselves - drifting into excess. I found the book wonderfully readable and lacking in self pity. All praise to Ms. Knapp, who had a hard life, but at least it was a valuable one.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-03-25 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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1997-05-05 In a starred review, PW called Knapp's memoir of alcoholism "extraordinarily lucid" and "filled with insights." (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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