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One woman's journey to the bottom of the bottle-and back again.

In this moving, emotionally charged, and unflinching look at alcoholism and its effects, lawyer and prominent National Public Radio writer and commentator Heather King describes her twenty-year-long descent into the depths of addiction with wit and candor. King went from a highly functioning alcoholic who managed to maintain her grip on reality to living in the lowest of dive ...
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Overview

One woman's journey to the bottom of the bottle-and back again.

In this moving, emotionally charged, and unflinching look at alcoholism and its effects, lawyer and prominent National Public Radio writer and commentator Heather King describes her twenty-year-long descent into the depths of addiction with wit and candor. King went from a highly functioning alcoholic who managed to maintain her grip on reality to living in the lowest of dive bars, drinking around the clock and barely sustaining an existence. With help from the most unexpected source, King stopped her self-destructive spiral and changed her world for the better. This is the poignant, painfully honest, and inspirational true story of a woman who looked into the abyss, and was able to step back from the edge and reclaim her life on her own terms.
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Following a series of memoirs detailing struggles with alcoholism (Smashed; Dry), NPR commentator King chronicles her 20 years as an alcoholic before her family's intervention led to sobriety. Written with a New Englander's wry sense of humor, King recounts her childhood in a small New Hampshire town with her six siblings and her parents' struggle to support the family. Entering her teenage years during the '60s, King experimented with drugs and alcohol, slowly coming to crave "that warm, comforting glow." After seven years in college, King moved to Boston, where her alcoholism gained momentum in the city's many bars, and despite her dream to write she moved from one waitressing job to another, surprisingly getting her law degree while in a state of perpetual inebriation. King's tales from her Boston rooming house detail such wonders as the communal bathroom ("walls were splotched with blood") and the residents ("drunks, drug addicts, paranoid schizophrenics... [they] were a colorful lot"). The Bible verses that begin each chapter give an uneasy sense of impending proselytism, but not until the epilogue do readers discover King's Catholic faith. While entertaining and witty, this memoir offers no new revelations about an alcoholic's life and will mainly interest those sharing King's Northeast roots. Agent, Laurie Liss. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451220066
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 385,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather King is a writer and a lawyer. Her essays have been widely published and she received a "Notable Essay" citation in Best American Essays 2000, 2001, and 2002.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    How did Oprah miss this one?

    Not only does this bring to light the gnawing subtleties of addiction, but it's a literary accomplishment. This is a memoir that offers a true portrayal of an alcoholic's life, but there's hope at the other end. Hope comes with a price and that means getting honest with oneself ... which is exactly what this author does!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Beautifully written! Heather King's memoir is a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    blah blah blah

    Tough to sympathize with a woman who seemingly wanted for nothing: a nice childhood, intelligence, supportive family, great education, multiple trips abroad (Paris, etc.), right down to her family-financed rehab stint. Better title? "Spoiled: The Tale of An Alcoholic who Drank for No Real Good Reason"

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Excellent reading

    I don't normally read non fiction but this book was well worth it. The writing style flowed well. The subject matter though serious reflects in a non-preachy way and makes you think about choices you may have made. I will be looking for other titles by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Disappointing..........

    I picked up this book based on the great reviews, and it left me disappointed. I felt that King kept repeating the same lines over and over again. The book never picked up , it seemed to drag. While her experiences may no doubt be memorable, her writing is not. Don't waste your time reading this one.

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