It is very well written and is an interesting look at alcohol addiction in someone who, from the outside would look to have a good life - job as a writer in New York, a flat and a decent family. The sober part of this book was a lot less interesting than the drunk part. But I really think that alcoholism is genetic, otherwise why can some people stop and others cannot even when it destroys their relationships and employment opportunities? Did you hear what she said last night? This was also the funniest account I've read too. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead. She knew the change wouldn't be easy, but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day and spending her evenings Googling 'am I an alcoholic? Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. When I cried, it comforted me.
She has written many stories about drinking and eating too much. It also infuriates me beyond the ability to react sanely. Sarah had tried getting sober a few times over the years, but finally, when she was in her 30s, it stuck. How it makes you feel you have arrived. And in my defense, when I stepped back and realized that damn, this is a true story about a real woman struggling, and struggling hard, I stopped thinking of her as simply the flawed main character, and I stopped wanting her to spiral downward.
She outlines the stages of her life beginning with the very first innocent sip of beer with her dad--at a very young age--that would haunt her for years to come. Sarah doesn't make Sobriety sound easy, but conveys her own struggle without it sounding like moaning. She got a better life. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. Making comparisons just seems inevitable.
Blackouts aren't caused by a specific type of liquor, by the way. The blacked out person really leads a scary, dangerous life. Sarah Hepola's memoir captivated me right from the start. I don't want him thinking I'm just another American girl wasted in Paris. They just want to kind of kill consciousness, kill time. She digs deep into her feelings, feelings I could relate to so much, I thought she was telling my story. Lush is a gripping memoir that examines Kerry's struggles with alcohol, a struggle that a rising number of middle-aged women are facing.
Many yes's on Friday nights would have been no's on Saturday morning. It was recently named one of the most anticipated upcoming memoirs by Publishers Weekly. Sarah makes sure that she is accountable and responsible for everything that happened in her life, and she does not blame her situation on anyone else. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. I never paid any attention, and as I grew up, I was confident that there was nothing wrong with American culture any more than there is with other cultures.
The book Blackout is different from other books about recovering alcoholics. Hepola delivered on that front. Here are a few highlights from our interview to get the full story please join us on the Podcast now! It's very possible I missed it, but if so, it makes me think she didn't emphasize it enough. I read this book in approximately three hours over the course of working out, doing dishes and folding laundry and I need another one of these every Sunday because never has that series of activities gone by so quickly. As a form, addiction memoirs are permanently interesting because they're an excuse to crack open a life. But there was a price.
But even more annoying was the fact that she seems to assume that every girl was as insecure as her. She's a very original writer when it comes to liquid sustenance and she serves up some boozy anecdotes that will have you shaking with laughter. Hepola reminds me in many ways of the late Molly Ivins with her down-to-earth humor, drawl and style. A curtain falling in the middle of the act, leaving minutes and sometimes hours in the dark. It seems like the polite thing to do.
My heels clickety-clak across the white stone. I was unclear if this was her first experience with a blacko A special thanks to NetGalley for this one! Sarah, the narrator, or Anne, her best friend. . When I was a teenager crippled by self-consciousness, it gave me power. Liquor seductively lured her in, possessed her, made her feel loveable and brilliant.
Fundamentally, this is a story about overcoming the roadblocks in life that are specifically self-constructed. Who was your favorite character and why? Mornings became detective work on her own life. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. In recovery myself for alcohol and drug addiction, I never tire of hearing or reading about the stories of others trudging this road of happy destiny Sarah Hepola can write, and she has a heart as big as Texas. Copyright 2015 by Sarah Hepola.