Saturation [NOOK Book]


The psychological experience of withdrawal after years of drinking four bottles of wine a day, every day, evokes the image of my mind being warped and stretched over an Event Horizon as it's about to be sucked through a Black Hole.

My story is an up close and personal ride through a very short marriage to my second husband, and my adventures in and between five inpatient treatment centers.

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The psychological experience of withdrawal after years of drinking four bottles of wine a day, every day, evokes the image of my mind being warped and stretched over an Event Horizon as it's about to be sucked through a Black Hole.

My story is an up close and personal ride through a very short marriage to my second husband, and my adventures in and between five inpatient treatment centers.

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  • BN ID: 2940011271137
  • Publisher: Jennifer Place
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,404,380
  • File size: 1,022 KB

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I'm a great adventurer and so is my dog, Pooh. He takes me with him just about everywhere. For example - right now he's waiting to take me to the dog park.
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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    A Valuable Memoir

    (From my blog, Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)

    When Jennifer Place entered a substance abuse treatment center for the first time, she was fresh out of jail and drinking four bottles of wine a day. She had given away custody of her two children, married a man she didn’t love, and moved several states away, all in a haze of alcohol. This book describes her journey through five treatment programs, struggling to free herself from her toxic relationship with drinking.

    The book begins just after Place’s husband has her hauled off to jail, which is definitely an attention-grabbing way to start. Unfortunately, this is immediately followed by a chapter that tries to sum up her entire history up until that point in just a few pages. The result is confusing and feels rushed.

    Thankfully, the book gets much easier to read after that. Place’s descriptions of her time in jail and rehab are vivid and interesting. Her voice gets stronger and more confident chapter by chapter, which helps the reader feel the progress she is making underneath her continuing addiction.

    Watching her enter each new treatment center and then relapse time and again is frustrating, but that’s what makes this an authentic story: there are no easy answers, no quick fixes. It would be nice to see more of the internal work she was doing while in treatment, though. She talks about doing constant journalling and introspection, but never shares the results of that work. She also doesn’t discuss why she started drinking in the first place, which I think would be a crucial detail for this kind of memoir.

    Even as a person who has never struggled with addiction, I found a lot of empathize with in her story. Place’s severe anxiety attacks were all too familiar, and I actually found those parts emotionally difficult to read because they described perfectly experiences I have gone through. It was easy for me to understand how difficult it was to recover from alcohol abuse and try to manage severe anxiety at the same time.

    Apart from the story, Saturation would have benefited from more thorough copy-editing. While there weren’t a crippling number of typos and style errors, they were a bit distracting.

    I think this is a valuable memoir for anyone who wants a better understanding of alcohol addiction, or even the possible effects of severe anxiety.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    A story about addiction.

    I've had this book for a while. It was given to me by the author for an honest review. I've put off reading it because I thought it might be a difficult read. I've had first hand experience with dealing with alcoholics, and it is not a pleasant experience. I've become somewhat jaded as I've seen the 'falling off the wagon' far more than success with sobriety.

    Jennifer writes about her struggles overcoming alcoholism. Have you ever been driving and come upon an accident, seeing the police and ambulance at the scene? You know how we all slow down to 'peak' at what's happening? That's how I felt while reading this book. I was watching as Jennifer went through her voyage of self discovery. I don't think I would have been able to express myself as well as she has. She doesn't hold anything back.
    I found myself rooting for her to maintain sobriety- I want to see her succeed.

    I would love to read about her a few years down the road, Good Luck to you Jennifer!

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Has Potential

    Disclaimer: I received this book free and was asked to write a review. The review is my honest opinion.

    Jennifer Place writes about her struggle to get sober. As someone who has alcoholics in their family, I was very interested to learn why it is so hard to not drink. I thought it was just a matter of willpower and wanting to stop. This book showed me there was so much more involved.

    While reading the book, I was not fond of Ms. Place. She wrote herself as being very unlikable, someone with no tact whatsoever. I believe this is how she was until she got sober. Although many people do not like bull, she seemed to take her dislike to extremes, especially when in treatment.

    I think the book has more potential than how it is now written, The book could use better storytelling and better editing. I learned a lot about alcoholism. The ability of one's body to adapt to the amount of alcohol consumed, the bad choices one makes when not sober, and what it really takes to get and stay sober.

    Although I didn't like the way the author wrote herself, I couldn't help but root for her throughout the whole book. I wanted her to succeed in getting sober, once and for all. It's worth the read if only to learn more about alcoholism and overcoming it.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    A rough draft with possibilities (needs thorough editing)

    If I hadn't gotten this for free as an early reviewer I would not have finished it. I read a huge range of books, most are mediocre but a book has to be really bad for me to leave it partially finished.

    The worst thing for me was that this could be a good book. The story is interesting and drinking memoirs are popular right now. A good, critical editor would have improved it, but as-is it reads like a rough draft with no editing. There are grammatical mistakes throughout the book and the writing is incredibly awkward. I read this on my Kindle and found a piece of text to highlight (for grammar, awkward wording, etc...) on a every page. There aren't very many sentences on a Kindle page, especially given the odd formatting of this book.

    Sometimes the writing is simply bad:
    ¿The mattress¿had to weigh around a lot of pounds.¿

    But at other times it's so poorly worded that it's difficult to understand:
    ¿I took something that had nothing to do with me personally.¿
    Did she steal something even though it meant nothing to her or did she become emotionally involved in something which had nothing to do with her? Of course you can figure it out from context but it never should have gotten past a halfway decent editor or 8th grade English teacher.

    On one page the author writes ¿I needed to move to the PNW...¿ This is the first mention of this phrase yet she immediately uses initials. That's quite the mistake but she compounds it a short while later with this passage ¿'RJC' She answered. ¿like I was supposed to know what those three letters stood for.¿ So the reader was supposed to automatically understand the author but when others do the same thing the author finds it offensive.

    That is the other issue I had with this book ¿ the author is extremely unlikeable. She makes snap judgements over trivialities - ¿Liar. He was a hair over 6'8¿ and rounded up.¿ Estimating height to within an inch would be quite a talent. She harshly judges the behavior of other alcoholics as if it's not an addiction and a disease while expecting her father to understand her behavior in terms of addiction (rather than a free choice). She includes odd descriptive details but does it randomly, as if she's suddenly remembered that she should be descriptive.

    Again, this could be a good book. The author needs to take some writing classes, spend six months reading every decent memoir she can find and find a really tough editor who will help her improve her writing so that it reads like a finished book and not a rough draft.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

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    You won't be able to put this book down

    I won this ebook from a Library Thing Member's giveaway. I was interested in this book because of the fact that alcoholism runs in my family. I've always been curious of what life was like for them with their struggles with alcohol but I've always been too afraid to ask them. This book helped me better understand what they are going through.

    Jennifer Place, in this memoir, writes about her struggles with alcohol; from going to jail, to being in and out of treatment facilities. Place doesn't hold back in the book, she describes her struggle with such honesty that you as a reader feel that you are taking her journey with her. At times I felt myself a tad annoyed with her when she would use biting words at others but that's just who she is and she doesn't apologize for it. The ending seemed a little abrupt to me, but I would love to in the future hear more about her journey.

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