Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up


Whether you drink it or not, alcohol is likely a potent part of your life: our culture is saturated in it. Ask any woman you know to tell you a drinking story, and she?ll come up with one?in fact, she may even come up with five. With friends and with coworkers, at date night and at ladies' night, and on special occasions ranging from Valentine?s Day to the Super Bowl, we encounter alcohol?yet when it comes to discussing the nature of our relationship with drinking, few of us do ...

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Whether you drink it or not, alcohol is likely a potent part of your life: our culture is saturated in it. Ask any woman you know to tell you a drinking story, and she’ll come up with one—in fact, she may even come up with five. With friends and with coworkers, at date night and at ladies' night, and on special occasions ranging from Valentine’s Day to the Super Bowl, we encounter alcohol—yet when it comes to discussing the nature of our relationship with drinking, few of us do so honestly and openly.

In Drinking Diaries, editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg take women's drinking stories out of the closet and into the light. Whether it’s shame, sober sex, and relapsing, or college drinking, bonding, and comparing the benefits of pot vs. booze, no topic related to alcohol is off limits in this illuminating anthology. With contributions from celebrated writers including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, Drinking Diaries is a candid look at the pleasures and pains of drinking, and the many ways in which it touches women’s lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580054119
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 512,554
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries. Gerszberg’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Parents, and other national magazines and websites. She has also had a regular column, “Mom U,” about her daughter’s college admission experience, at NYTimes.com.

Born and raised in New York, Gerszberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn a dual master's degree in French and journalism at New York University. Her career in publishing began with a summer job at French Vogue in Paris, which paved the way for a full-time position at Mademoiselle magazine in New York. After four years as a research editor at Rolling Stone, Gerszberg launched her freelance career, and also became the New York correspondent for French Glamour, writing a monthly column in French.

Gerszberg has taught feature writing as an adjunct professor at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A passionate traveler, she lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

Leah Odze Epstein, co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries, is a young adult and adult fiction writer. She has worked as a news assistant at The New York Times, an adjunct professor of writing at Baruch College, and an assistant editor at One World/Ballantine Books.

Epstein has written book and movie reviews for publications including Publisher’s Weekly and Bookpage, and has worked as a freelance editor. She currently blogs about women and drinking for The Huffington Post, and some of her poems can be found on the website Literary Mama.

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Epstein now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Girlhood Candy is Dandy, But Liquor is Quicker

Eight Wrecked Cars and One That Got Away Pam Houston 15

Rum-Soaked Leah Odze Epstein 25

Forever Thirteen Susan Henderson 35

Living the Dry Life, on Campus Anna Klenke 41

My Flask Priscilla Warner 49

Part 2 Relationships Here's to Us!

The Days of Wine and Seltzer Elissa Schappell 59

My First Sober Kiss Adrienne Edenburn-MacQueen 65

The Sweet Smell of Excess Sari Botton 73

It. Must. Be. Becky Sherrick Harks 83

Runner's High Eva Tenuto 91

Part 3 Culture from Baileys to Manischewitz

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Slur Girls Laurie Lindeen 99

Man-o-Manischewitz! Daphne Merkin 105

Veni, Vidi, Bibi (I Came, I Saw, I Drank) Helene Stapinski 113

A Chinese American Girl: Drinking from East to West Emma Kate Tsai 123

Mother of All Sins Asra Q. Nomani 131

Part 4 Family Drinking the Kool-Aid

My Father, My Beer Buddy Ann Hood 149

Kids, Thank You for Pot Smoking Jacquelyn Mitchard 159

My Foreign Legacy Caren Osten Gerszberg 169

Like Father, Like Daughter? Liza Monroy 175

Under the Influence Joyce Maynard 185

Slake Samantha Dunn 195

What's the Big Deal? Lessons for Schoolchildren and Their Parents Laura Jofre 203

Part 5 Revelations Too Much is Barely Enough

Half Past Six Kathryn Harrison 213

The Baby Shower Lianne Stokes 221

The Slip Ann Leary 227

"My Name is Amy F." Amy Ferris 235

The Root Cellar Rita Williams 243

Drinking as Genuine Vocation Jane Friedman 249

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