Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline KnappThe roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper-class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist.
Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well-to-do parents pushed her toward anorexia and alcoholism. Fittingly, it was literature that saved her: she found inspiration in Pete Hamills A Drinking Life and sobered up. Her tale is spiced up with the characters she has known along the way.
A journalist describes her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic, explaining how she used alcohol to escape personal relationships and the realities of life until a series of personal crises forced her to confront her problem.
Drinking: A Love Story
When she tells you to read something, you obey. I found myself cringing and wanting to look away as Knapp chronicles her twenty-year relationship with alcohol. Only someone who has dealt with alcoholism first-hand will recognize the truths she freely shares. Knapp describes her love affair and obsession with alcohol with such clarity I struggled to completely step away from her words. Knapp, who is a twin, was born into an upper-class two-parent family in an affluent area. By all measurable standards, she began life with every advantage a child could ask for, even though her parents were definitely not affectionate and loving in any demonstrative ways.
Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story" is an absorbing account of her own years-long experience with alcoholism. The book is engaging, whether someone has never tasted alcohol or whether someone Journalist Caroline Knapp grew up in a well-to-do but emotionally distant home, close but never comfortable with her psychoanalyst father. She relates the progression of her alcoholism, her She is a contributor at New Woman magazine and a regular columnist at The Boston Phoenix, and her work has appeared in Mademoiselle, The New York Times, and numerous international magazines.
Thank you! Boston columnist and New Woman contributing editor Knapp writes with unflinching honesty about her 20 years as an alcoholic, her struggle to overcome the addiction, and the special peril facing women drinkers. Knapp was a drinker able to hold down a steady job while convincing herself and others that her drinking was not interfering with her life--that, in fact, it was making life easier. She drank to forget her problems or to get through a crisis. She rationalized the drinking by telling herself that she would stop after she came through an especially rough situation, never realizing that the drinking contributed to her difficulties.
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Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story" is an absorbing account of her own years-long experience with alcoholism. The book is engaging, whether someone has never tasted alcohol or whether someone Journalist Caroline Knapp grew up in a well-to-do but emotionally distant home, close but never comfortable with her psychoanalyst father. She relates the progression of her alcoholism, her Drinking : A Love Story. Caroline Knapp. Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism.