Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

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by Brenda Wilhelmson
     
 

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Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends. She could party until dawn and take her children to school the next day. From the outside, she appeared to have it all together. But, in truth, alcohol

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Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends. She could party until dawn and take her children to school the next day. From the outside, she appeared to have it all together. But, in truth, alcohol was slowly taking over, turning her world on its side.

Waking up to another hangover, growing tired of embarrassing herself in front of friends and family, and feeling important moments slip away, Brenda made the most critical decision of her life: to get sober. She kept a diary of her first year (and beyond) in recovery, chronicling the struggles of finding a meeting she could look forward to, relating to her fellow alcoholics, and finding a sponsor with whom she connected. Along the way, she discovered the challenges and pleasures of living each day without alcohol, navigating a social circle where booze is a centerpiece, and dealing with her alcoholic father's terminal illness and denial.

Brenda Wilhelmson's Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife offers insight, wisdom, and relevance for readers in recovery, as well as their loved ones, no matter how long they've been sober.

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Bronze Star Winner in the Autobiography/Memoir category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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ISBN-13:
9781616490867
Publisher:
Hazelden Publishing
Publication date:
02/14/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
235,610
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Bronze Star Winner in the Autobiography/Memoir category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Brenda Wilhelmson has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and Advertising Age's Creativity. This is her first book.

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Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brenda openly and bravely shares her experience battling addiction. Her raw and candid account makes the reader feel like they are living alongside her for a year. I could totally relate to her feelings and struggles and deeply admire her strength. So much of a person's social life can be centered around alcohol. Many people can manage it, but for others, it gets out of balance. For me, Brenda's experience highlighted the light at the end of the alcoholic's struggle to be clean. She has found a greater joy and sense of peace without the fuzzy buzz. She has inspired me to take a look at my drinking more closely and live a cleaner, healthier life. I recommend this book to all who have questioned their own drinking and how it may impact them and the one's they love.
AmiH More than 1 year ago
After reading Diary of an Alchoholic Housewife, I was a lot more aware of the day-to-day struggles of an alcoholic, but also found the story relatable on so many other levels. If you've ever found yourself on the fringe of any situation--where you're looking for helpful information but can't find it because common knowledge is too biased towards the extreme-- you will find this story encouraging. I think the author's perspective transcends problems with alcohol and can inspire anyone who feels trapped in a cycle of bad behavior, or anyone who is just looking to be proactive in the present in order to avoid undesirable outcomes later in life. I really see Brenda Wilhelmson's angle as preventative - what she prevented from happening if she continued on her path. It takes a really enlightened person to recognize when things have slowly creeped out of control, but a really courageous person to act on it. Great perspective! I should add that despite the seriousness of the theme here, the author manages to be hilarious, light-hearted, and sympathetic in her everyday observations and brushes with characters from all walks of life.
ambitt More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this book. I found her writing very personable, like we were just sitting have a conversation. I appreciate the honesty and it truly made me feel like I am not the only who struggles with the day to day irritations of life and family. I am not an alcoholic but I found this book very relevant. I highly recommend this book. It will make you feel better about yourself and life!
barb55BG More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. A thought-provoking, entertaining, funny and yet thought-provoking book. A real eye-opener into the world of an alcoholic housewife. And also a glimpse into the very private world of the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. it will speak to everyone who reads it, alcoholic or not.
Brian_Auld More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this book from the second I started reading it. It is packed with countless, riveting true stories that make the book impossible to put down. This book will make laugh out loud, and cringe at the same time. Thats exactly why I love it so much. She tells a true story, and doesn't leave anything out. On top of that, it gives people that are in her shoes, hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It convinced me that no matter what, there is always hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great, compelling read. At times very funny, at other times cringe inducing in its raw examinations of the things we are really thinking deep down, but dare not say out loud, fearing others's judgment. I think everyone will see a piece of themselves, or a friend of loved one in this book. I imagine this book would generate some incredible and perhaps at times uncomfortable book club conversations. A brave, important and also very entertaining book.
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Bookworm2200 More than 1 year ago
Really proves that this disease can affect anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was o.k. I was hoping for something more like "Dry".
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I have this book on my Nook color and I can't stop reading it. Great job Brenda thanks for being so honest and taking the time to put your life in words.
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Main character sees to have no growth, no depth and just as self centered and dislikable at the end of her journey as at the begining. She isn't drinking, true, but she isn't a "better person" either. As an audobiography i'm sure it's honest, but she seems to completely lack insight - especially in to herself. Which is very strange in a memoir.
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PRHIL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the honesty of this book. I married into an alcoholic family without knowing it and this book refreshed my understanding of the disease; the role loved ones play in perpetuating the dysfunction that accompanies alcoholism; the way our culture unceasingly connects and promotes good-times with alcohol. Brenda Wilhelmson helps the reader see the sometimes illogical struggle between supporting relationships and supporting self. The diary format allows a true progression of recovery-there are some tedious moments and some profound moments; not all issues have a neat conclusion. My favorite parts are when the author simply observed her feelings--without the voice of hindsight to judge or conclude.
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