Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story Review

The 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 Hamill's '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.

Title:Drinking: A Love Story
Edition Language:English

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  • Jimmy

    I wanted to avoid this, to simply rate this touching book and be done with it. I wanted to just ignore my compulsion toward emotionally disemboweling myself on the internet. And I've never really been...

  • Abailart

    I just pulled my previous review after discovering the author died at the age of 42 from lung cancer. I'd been wanting to find out how she was getting on after ceasing drinking in 1995. She did mainta...

  • Diane

    I have an addiction to addiction memoirs, especially if the person is in recovery and is in a reflective mood. After all, who doesn't love a good redemption story?Caroline Knapp's memoir of her alcoho...

  • Kathy

    Quotable:My mother understood that drinking was more dangerous [than smoking] and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future. It could eat its way throug...

  • Michele

    Inside InformationThis book is so well written, and is so honest and informative, it is perhaps the most compelling (and useful) story about addiction I've ever read. Caroline Knapp, an Ivy-League edu...

  • Juan Valdivia

    I seriously considered putting this book down around the 144 page mark—which I rarely ever do—but I managed to get through it. Okay, first of all, I have much respect for what Knapp put down for t...

  • Sophie

    Almost done. Picked this up in my supervisor's office to read when i don't have any calls to make or meetings to run. It had some okay parts, but on the whole Knapp's broad generalizations about alcoh...

  • Maya Rock

    I also recommend this to anyone who feels they are trying too hard to avoid negative emotions.I just started reading this book, and it's really good. I have to say I'm wondering though at this point i...

  • Leo Robertson

    Compelling memoir which paints a perhaps counterintuitive picture of what alcoholism looks like. It's pretty depressing.Sarah Hepola's Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget is also pretty...

  • Thomas

    3.5 starsCaroline Knapp's Appetites stole my heart earlier this summer; if I could I would quote every single page of that book. Drinking, Knapp's earlier memoir, has a similar strength in its empower...