Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Paperback ISBN: 0316259586
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An astounding triumph . . . Profound . . . Achingly wise . . . A recovery memoir like no other." --Entertainment Weekly (A) "Riveting . . . Beautifully told." --Boston Globe "An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading." --Stephen King "Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace." --Washington Post From the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction. With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are. For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.
Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Paperback ISBN: 1455554588
In an unflinchingly honest memoir that is both hilarious and heartbreaking, the author shares her journey to sobriety, a new adventure she never wanted, after her drinking--which she once believed gave her confidence, intimacy and creativity--led to blackouts that drained her spirit and destroyed her life. Reading-group guide available. 200,000 first printing.
Out of the Wreck I Rise
A Literary Companion to Recovery
Paperback ISBN: 022652874x
“There’s still time to change things.”—Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World Addiction is easy to fall into and hard to escape. It destroys the lives of individuals, and has a devastating cost to society. The National Institute of Health estimates seventeen million adults in the United States are alcoholics or have a serious problem with alcohol. At the same time, the country is seeing entire communities brought to their knees because of opioid additions. These scourges affect not only those who drink or use drugs but also their families and friends, who witness the horror of addiction. With Out of the Wreck I Rise, Neil Steinberg and Sara Bader have created a resource like no other—one that harnesses the power of literature, poetry, and creativity to illuminate what alcoholism and addiction are all about, while forging change, deepening understanding, and even saving lives. Structured to follow the arduous steps to sobriety, the book marshals the wisdom of centuries and explores essential topics, including the importance of time, navigating family and friends, relapse, and what Raymond Carver calls “gravy,” the reward that is recovery. Each chapter begins with advice and commentary followed by a wealth of quotes to inspire and heal. The result is a mosaic of observations and encouragement that draws on writers and artists spanning thousands of years—from Seneca to David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare to Patti Smith. The ruminations of notorious drinkers like John Cheever, Charles Bukowski, and Ernest Hemingway shed light on the difficult process of becoming sober and remind the reader that while the literary alcoholic is often romanticized, recovery is the true path of the hero. Along with traditional routes to recovery—Alcoholics Anonymous, out-patient therapy, and intensive rehabilitation programs—this literary companion offers valuable support and inspiration to anyone seeking to fight their addiction or to a struggling loved one. Featuring Charles Bukowski, John Cheever, Dante, Ricky Gervais, Ernest Hemingway, Billie Holiday, Anne Lamott, John Lennon, Haruki Murakami, Anaïs Nin, Mary Oliver, Samuel Pepys, Rainer Maria Rilke, J. K. Rowling, Patti Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, and many more.
The Alcohol Experiment
A 30-Day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control
Paperback ISBN: 0525537252
The author of This Naked Mind draws on neurological research to counsel readers on how to establish a more responsible, less-stressful relationship with alcohol through a 30-day program designed to promote control and stop cravings. Original.
The Broken Cord
A Family's Ongoing Struggle With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Hardcover ISBN: 0060160713
Dorris, author of A Yellow raft in blue water , professor at Dartmouth College, and member of the Modoc Indian tribe, tells the moving story of his adopted Sioux son Adam, who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and offers an informed general account of FAS itself. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
His Last Steps
Paperback ISBN: 1616492023
"In Earnie Larsen: His Last Steps, Earnie and his courageous wife, Paula, take us into their lives, sharing with us one of the most profound and intimate life experiences. It has been an honor to share a part of their journey. Earnie could not respond to the many people who reached out to him in his final months, but he asked [in these letters] that we go to the essence of that place where our spirits cross and know that he is there for us." —Claudia Black, Ph.D., foreword Beloved recovery speaker, author, and sponsor, Earnie Larsen approached life's most difficult challenges with the goal of comforting and inspiring others. Thus, when Earnie learned that he had inoperable cancer, he began to write letters to those he cared about, including family members and sponsees, sharing insights from his final journey. This moving collection edited by his wife, Paula, compiles these letters and journal entries from Earnie's "God File." Paula then offers personal context to these words of wisdom as she experienced the daily ups and downs of his illness with him. In this moving and courageous testament, you'll find a man who died as he lived by constantly giving of himself to others.
The Glass Castle
Paperback ISBN: 074324754x
The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
Her Best-Kept Secret
Why Women Drink - and How They Can Regain Control
Paperback ISBN: 1439184399
Documenting a rise in alcoholism among today's women, an assessment of the cultural factors that are promoting excessive alcohol consumption compares today's practices to those of earlier generations while noting the current ineffectiveness of AA and other mainstream treatments. 40,000 first printing.
Nothing Good Can Come from This
Paperback ISBN: 0374286205
Kristi Coulter inspired and incensed the internet when she wrote about what happened when she stopped drinking. Nothing Good Can Come from This is her debut--a frank, funny, and feminist essay collection by a keen-eyed observer no longer numbed into complacency. When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can