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Drinking: A Love Story

de Caroline Knapp

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"It happened this way: I fell in love and then, because the love was ruining everything I cared about, I had to fall out." So begins Drinking: A Love Story, journalist Caroline Knapp's brave and powerful memoir of her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic. Knapp writes that she loved liquor the way she loved bad men and, like all tragic love stories, hers is a tale of seduction and betrayal, a testament to the alluring but ultimately destructive powers of addiction. Fifteen million Americans a year are afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Caroline Knapp, for example, started drinking at age fourteen. She drank through her years at an Ivy League college, through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist. Publicly she was a dutiful daughter, attentive friend, sophisticated professional. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion, trapped in love relationships that continued to undermine her self-esteem - until a series of personal crises forced her to confront and ultimately break free of the "liquid armor" she'd used to shield herself from the complicated battles of growing up. Caroline Knapp's ruthless self-examination, moral courage, and singular ability as a writer inform this remarkable memoir with many new insights about alcoholism, but more important, with many profound insights about life.… (mais)
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Read this because I married an alcoholic. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | May 17, 2024 |
Here's what I wrote in 2013 about this read: "An anatomy of a woman (high-functioning) alcholic. The woman friend written about in Let's Take the Long Way Home. Got a bit long and discouraging but has a fine reputation as really, really helpful to many readers. Glad to have read it." Quotations in the comments section are my exact kindle highlights. ( )
  MGADMJK | Dec 17, 2023 |
I feel a bit uncomfortable saying that a book depicting the incredible amount of pain and suffering caused by the author's struggle with alcoholism a real page turner. I mean what does that say about me ? But that's exactly what reading this book was, I simply gobbled it up. Caroline Knapp's struggle started at an early age and although as she said, she was a functioning alcoholic and never did anything really horrible to anyone, there was a brutal honesty about the harm she did to herself. Caroline used alcohol to hide from her demons but when she finally gave it up and faced her demons head on, she displayed amazing amount of bravery in revealing not only to herself, but to her readers as well, all the many many mistakes she made while under it's spell. Like I said a real page turner. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
Incisive dissection lf the motivations of a well-off, successful, "high-functioning alcoholic." Especially interesting is her understanding of her relationship with her father. She commits to AA and finds strength in the shared struggle, but makes no real claim for belief in a higher power. ( )
  beaujoe | Jan 9, 2022 |
Beautifully written. A lot of her words hit close to home, having alcoholism in my family and seeing it up close and personal. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
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"It happened this way: I fell in love and then, because the love was ruining everything I cared about, I had to fall out." So begins Drinking: A Love Story, journalist Caroline Knapp's brave and powerful memoir of her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic. Knapp writes that she loved liquor the way she loved bad men and, like all tragic love stories, hers is a tale of seduction and betrayal, a testament to the alluring but ultimately destructive powers of addiction. Fifteen million Americans a year are afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Caroline Knapp, for example, started drinking at age fourteen. She drank through her years at an Ivy League college, through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist. Publicly she was a dutiful daughter, attentive friend, sophisticated professional. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion, trapped in love relationships that continued to undermine her self-esteem - until a series of personal crises forced her to confront and ultimately break free of the "liquid armor" she'd used to shield herself from the complicated battles of growing up. Caroline Knapp's ruthless self-examination, moral courage, and singular ability as a writer inform this remarkable memoir with many new insights about alcoholism, but more important, with many profound insights about life.

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