“An intense, complex and disturbing story, bravely and beautifully told. I read Drunk Mom with my jaw on the floor, which doesn’t happen to me that often.” —Lena Dunham
Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska’s immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism.
In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska’s account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life—the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking—as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one’s child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.
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Raw, Funny, and Honest
This book is funny and raw. The only thing that I didn’t like is that it seemed to drag on a little longer than I’d prefer. Unlike other memoirs I’ve read, she writes about her entire relapse instead of writing a play by play of her childhood throughout until the very end so I found that unique. She is very funny and it seems that she has a dry sense of humor. I really liked that in her writing style.
Truly a boring read.
Jowita masterfully chronicles what addiction feels like. She told my story in a way I could never find the words to say. Thank you for putting this into the world.