Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

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by Elizabeth Vargas
     
 

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From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt

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From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.

Honest and hopeful, BETWEEN BREATHS is an inspiring read.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/19/2016
In her eye-opening memoir, World News Tonight and 20/20 coanchor Vargas chronicles a difficult and inspiring life hidden not only from the public, but from her family and friends. Vargas was an anxious child; when her father, a U.S. Army captain, was sent to Vietnam, the family moved to Okinawa. In the ensuing years Vargas lived in 14 homes, on nine army bases, and attended eight schools. Ashamed of her nervousness, she kept her unease to herself, but in spite of it she blossomed in high school, later enrolling in the journalism program at the University of Missouri and eventually climbing the ladder to a spot at NBC, moving to ABC in 1996. When she was anxious, Vargas used alcohol to calm herself, becoming a "highly functional addict," managing to keep her composure on the job whether interviewing the president of the U.S., covering the war in Iraq, or traveling to Cambodia for a story on baby trafficking. She married a Grammy Award–winning singer, had two sons, and appeared to have it all. As her story develops, Vargas describes her weeks in rehab, her relapses, a frightening experience with lethal blood-alcohol content, and the transformative moment when she realizes the importance of asking for help. This gripping memoir of addiction takes readers from the highs of Vargas's successful news career to the lows of alcoholism, and through the grace of recovery. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Popular 20/20 coanchor Vargas grew up burdened by anxiety, which she first experienced at age six when her father was serving in Vietnam; by adulthood she found her only relief in alcohol. Here she addresses her panic attacks, her alcohol addiction, and the eventual conquest of her demons, even as she faces the ongoing struggle of being a working mother. With a 75,000-copy first printing.
From the Publisher
"Read this book. If you love the sunrise and you want to see courage-the kind that stumbles and falls but rises and rises again. With love of family. And work that saves. My dazzling friend and colleague, Elizabeth Vargas, has stared straight into the lethal heart of addiction with the eye of a fearless journalist. She has written a book for us all about truth, bravery, and the hope that a new day brings."—Diane Sawyer"

What my colleague Elizabeth has produced is not only a compelling read but also an act of true courage. This book is going to help a lot of people."—Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455559633
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
417
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Vargas is the Co-anchor of 20/20 on ABC News. She resides in Manhattan with her two children, Zachary and Samuel.

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Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I loved reading Elizabeth Vargas' painfully honest and relatable memoir. I really had such a difficult time putting it down. Just like the stories she has told us on television, she captivates us with the facts and she is effortless with her deliverance. The world is rooting for you, Elizabeth! Remember that your biggest fear carries your greatest growth. ?
Anonymous 11 days ago
Great read
Anonymous 11 days ago
Having suffered from anxiety i understood the panic and terror Elizabeth faced on a daily basis. Although I was never an alcoholic, i can see why she used it as her way of calming herself down. I cried for her when I reached page 137. It was so sad that she had to leave her children and fight this awful disease alone. Frankly her husband was not supportive and why was she always the breadwinner? Why didn't he get a job with a regular paycheck to help her! Elizabeth if you are reading this know that there many people out there who feel compassion for you and all the suffering you endured. Remember during those rough times that you are and will continue to be a great mother to your boys! Please don't let anyone make you feel otherwise. Good luck in your future career, and I wish you the best in your continued recovery and will pray for you. God Bless you.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The recent interview with Diane Sawyer piqued my interest in the book. It was well written and added some depth to the story. In retrospect..the interview was enough.
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KGervais 8 days ago
A very touching story. I couldn't stop reading it. I've enjoyed watching Elizabeth Vargas on various news shows reporting stories. I never knew she had a problem with alcohol and anxiety. I'm glad she didn't lose all she had in life to alcohol. She lost her husband but she still had her job, her two boys, family and friends through all of it. This had to have been a very difficult story to tell. Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your story.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I am so glad you wrote this book . I felt like I was reading my own story at times . Alcohol addiction is a very lonely place to be , and like you hard to admit . Great book . I just finished reading it and I am going to read it again . Thank you Elizabeth
Anonymous 8 days ago
This book was very helpful and inspiring for me. I watched the interview with Diane Sawyer and all this came at just the right time for me. Thank you.
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Anonymous 4 days ago
What a kind person you must be. SJR
Anonymous 10 days ago
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