Drinking

Drinking

A Love Story

Book - 2005
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Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2005
Edition: Dial Press Trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780385315548
0385315546
Branch Call Number: 362.29209 K7273K 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 286 pages ; 21 cm

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scruff
Sep 05, 2015

An autobiography that burns with intense honesty and vulnerability. Knapp so openly and willingly dissects herself that I at times wanted to cry. Not just for her, but for myself, and every other person who has fought addiction. She stares into the mirror with a savage kind of courage, and had me standing right beside her, seeing so much of myself in her reflection.
Hands down the most moving, intimate, and insightful autobiography I've ever read.

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JudithE
Nov 01, 2014

Great stuff. Honest, very honest, informative, hopeful in its way. Very true story of alcoholism.

I'm not alcoholic, but I've lived some similarly destructive strategies to avoid pain, and I found it brought back similar memories and was both useful and painful to read.

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Fionaenzo
May 10, 2014

Excellent book. Gifted writer who died too young from lung cancer.

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chgarland
May 10, 2014

This book should be read by anyone whose life has been touched by an alcoholic. I was greatly disappointed to learn that Knapp had died of lung cancer quite a while ago as I wanted to tell her just how much I learned from this book. The book is not purely linear which makes for good storytelling. The characters, her family, friends, lovers, are vividly drawn. Knapp is an excellent writer and what she says here is of enormous value.

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Earl64
Mar 29, 2011

great book about how one becomes vulnerable to alcohol and how to free yourself from it

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reedstevens
Mar 07, 2011

A tale of a young life wasted drinking day and night. Remarkable how much writing she managed. An alkie's story better appreciated by readers who have been closer to this illness.

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