Drinking Drinking

Drinking

A Love Story

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Publisher Description

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.

It was love at first sight. The beads of moisture on a chilled bottle. The way the glasses clinked and the conversation flowed. Then it became obsession. The way she hid her bottles behind her lover's refrigerator. The way she slipped from the dinner table to the bathroom, from work to the bar. And then, like so many love stories, it fell apart. Drinking is Caroline Kapp's harrowing chronicle of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol.

Caroline had her first drink at fourteen. She drank through her yeras at an Ivy League college, and through an award-winning career as an editor and columnist. Publicly she was a dutiful daughter, a sophisticated professional. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion. This startlingly honest memoir lays bare the secrecy, family myths, and destructive relationships that go hand in hand with drinking. And it is, above all, a love story for our times—full of passion and heartbreak, betrayal and desire—a triumph over the pain and deception that mark an alcoholic life. 

Praise for Drinking

“Quietly moving . . . Caroline Knapp dazzles us with her heady description of alcohol's allure and its devastating hold.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Filled with hard-won wisdom . . . [a] perceptive and revealing book.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Eloquent . . . a remarkable exercise in self-discovery.”The New York Times

Drinking not only describes triumph; it is one.”Newsweek

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
1996
May 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

BobbyF195 ,

Love

A tremendous truth of the destructive power of alcohol and the daily struggle of its cunning powerful and baffling nature.
Love of self, others and God are the only defense against this hideous disease.
Thank you Ms Knapp. Your truth has inspired me to remain sober,
Sam

Lolo26789345 ,

Good

The last few chapters were the most meaningful to my journey

Nikkiscizz ,

Drink

I couldn’t stop reading this book! Helped open my eyes, would recommend to anyone looking to deepen their relationship with themselves, and have some self realizations. I’m saddened to hear that she has passed on.

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