Drinking A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
This is not a new book at all. In fact, published in 1997, this one has stood the test of over a decade as one of the top selling alcoholism memoirs with it's author having passed away over a decade ago from cancer. Knapp was an award-winning journalist, an ivy league graduate and the product of a well-to-do New England family. As outside appearances went, she should have been on top of the world but alcohol and gotten a grip on her and she struggled for years to control and hide this. When the book was first published it was praised by critics as story full of painful honesty.
Knapp got sober at the age of 36 after a stint in rehab and details her struggles in the book. She weaves her personal story in with valuable information about alcohol abuse and the recovery process, including her participation in a 12 Step Program. There is a lot of great information, from a personal perspective, about the psychological effects of alcoholism on the alcoholic. There is plenty to related to both in active alcoholism and in recovery. I dislike any sort of memoir that doesn't spend sufficient time on the recovery part and Drinking: A Love Story spends plenty of time talking about family, relationships and career in recovery and the redemption that comes from getting sober.
If you are looking for some great alcoholism memoirs to add to your library and haven't read this one yet, it's a must read. You can find it here:
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