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Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Drinking: A Love Story (edition 1997)

by 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.… (more)
Title:Drinking: A Love Story
Authors:Caroline Knapp
Info:Dial Press Trade Paperback (1997), Edition: Later Printing, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Bio / Autobio / Memoir, Read in 2009

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-Knapp says that for 20 years the most important relationship in her life was with alcohol
-she does not remember her first taste; the alcoholism developed gradually
-she was a high-functioning alcoholic, who never missed a deadline in her journalism career, was organized, and impeccably groomed
-in fact the vast majority of alcoholics are not skid-row bums; many are highly successful people in positions of power and responsibility
-going to visit her parents’ house on Martha’s Vineyard was particularly trying; a 40-minute drive to a town on another part of the island was required to purchase alcohol; she took to bringing a bottle of hard liquor with her and nipping into her room to drink approximately every half hour
-although secrecy is paramount for the alcoholic, Knapp’s mother was aware of Caroline’s drinking and spoke to her about her worry; Knapp promised to cut back to 2 drinks a day—a promise she could not keep
-the turning point came when she ran across a street carrying her friend’s two young daughters in a “fun” game; Knapp fell hard and realized she could easily have killed the little girl who clung to the front of her

Knapp writes well and brutally honestly. I am interested in reading the rest of this.
  fountainoverflows | Jul 12, 2019 |
It's not just drinking. We can fall in love in so many ways - some ways destroy us, some ways free us. This book helped me look at this razor edge of "on" which we court in our culture. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
A very difficult book to get through. Caroline Knapp holds nothing back. Recommended for anyone with a "drinking problem." ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Oh, so necessary. After drinking a LOT one night, I thought I'd better read this book. Caroline's journey is not mine, but I sure could empathize with some of the situations she'd been in. It's always been incredulous to me how an addict will do anything, act in any way, and/or believe anything to continue to use their drug of choice. Then, I retired and realized I was rationalizing ("well, I can have another glass of wine bc I don't have to get up early") my over drinking. This book gave me a greater awareness of myself, and the courage to say, "No thanks, I've had enough for now." ( )
  MeeshN_AZ | Oct 18, 2018 |
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, too, struggles with substance dependence. I remember feeling sad when I learned Ms. Knapp passed ~ 16 years ago. So much to offer ... . ( )
  DrJSH | Jan 27, 2018 |
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