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" 'Alcoholic' is so clinical," writes Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steinberg, "If your life is going to be wedded to a slur, it might as well be a colorful one." And so explains the title of this surprising memoir, a retelling of Steinberg's battle with alcoholism and his attempts to give up drinking for good.
To those looking in from the outside, Steinberg has a great life. Happily married and the father of two young boys, he has a satisfying job and an enthusiastic following of readers. But when his formerly innocent habit of downing a few drinks on the way home from work morphs into something much more dangerous, Steinberg ends up in jail, with little choice but sobriety.
Yet Steinberg's imagination fails him as he struggles to picture a life without alcohol. As a writer, he revels in the stereotype of the hard-drinking newspaperman and embraces alcohol as an essential component of his identity. The drink his favorite bartender instantly prepares for him as he walks through the door is his "Pulitzer," his "round of applause from the world." Facing a temperate future, he despairs that his sons will never see him "as the sophisticated dad swirling the wine in his glass and casting off confidence like a glow." In this no-holds-barred dissection of its subject's flaws, Drunkard is a laudably honest and completely original read. (Fall 2008 Selection)