Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story

by Caroline Knapp
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Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385315517
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/1996
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Caroline Knapp was a contributor at New Woman magazine and a regular columnist at The Boston Phoenix, and her work has appeared in Mademoiselle, The New York Times, and numerous international magazines.  She is also the author of Alice K's Guide to Life and Pack of Two. Caroline Knapp died in 2002 at the age of 42.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Knapp's book is ideal, and potentially life-saving, for the intelligent, highly-functioning alcoholic who has not yet done anything so stupid that they are forced to recognize what everyone else in their life probably knows. This book could be the catalyst that allows them to head their problems off at the pass, because alcoholism ONLY gets worse. There's a well-known speech about alcoholics in AA that includes a memorable phrase about what it feels like to be alcoholic - "the worst part is, people will never know how hard we tried". Many an alcoholic can identify with this - no matter how many times alcohol has kicked you, it is the hardest thing you'll ever do in your life to quit. Trust me on this and respect the next recovered alcoholic you meet. Had they had a choice, they would rather have walked across the Sahara. But they took a deep breath and tried to do the right thing for themselves and others. If you or anyone in your family has a problem, or thinks they may have a problem with alcohol, this book may save your life. I thank Caroline Knaff for opening my eyes and pointing me in the right direction. I'm not sure that people who DON'T drink to excess will get anything out of this book ... I wouldn't believe half of it if I hadn't done these crazy things myself......   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. I am a young woman in early recovery & reading this book has been very therapeutic. So relatable, honest & smart. Knapp is now a hero of mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caroline Knapp started drinking when she was 14, and spent almost 20 years as an alcoholic. She was a high functioning alcoholic, able to make it through school and become a successful column writer for a well known paper in Boston. She was so well at hiding her alcoholism; almost no one knew she was an alcoholic. Eventually she decided to get clean and produced an excellent book. There was only one thing I did not like about the book and that was the writing style, but I loved what Knapp was saying. It was an easy read and very interesting. Even though it wasn’t my favorite writing style, I still wanted to keep reading because it was so interesting. The everyday struggles that Knapp faced and the stories she told were enlightening. It was a very informative book about life as an alcoholic, including her mind set before during and after she was drinking. It was inspiring how honestly Knapp wrote this memoir. There was nothing off limits and as the reader we were told every detail and secret about her struggle with being an alcoholic. Not knowing much about alcoholism I thought all alcoholics were “messy drunks” who broke things and called in sick to work. Knapp showed me that I was completely wrong and it was shocking a great to learn about a high functioning alcoholic. I would recommend this book to anyone even if you are not an alcoholic it is just a good read.
Dona Hodges More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand my mother a functional alcoholic. ITS A EASY READ. Well written. I would read it a second time
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is just amazing. I was drawn by the title when it first came out, and I was in my own love affair with alcohol. Even as an active alcoholic, I loved the drama and story in this book- and must have filed it away for 8 years until I realized my lover was killing me and really didnt love me after all. I have heard many women in and out of recovery rave about this book. Thank you to the author for being another step on my path of sobriety.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! I truly commend Ms. Knapp for sharing her story and for doing it so honestly. I could relate to so much of this book as alcoholism runs in my family. It was eye-opening and inspiring and I thank her for sharing her story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caroline Knapp was a truly remarkable individual with so much love to give and share. In her short time after recovering from alcohol and other issues she was working through, she gave us her love, wisdom, strength, and hope in her written word. I have never read an author that has touched my soul like Caroline has. Everyday I think about her, her life, and her legacy. Caroline, even though you are not here in the physical form, you will always be with me in the spiritual form. When I re-read sections of her books, they tend to always be fresh, alive, and as if I have never read them before. God speaks and teaches us through people. Caroline, you have given me the two most important lessons for my own alcohol and emotional recovery ¿ hope and love. I hope Caroline¿s twin sister, Dr. Rebecca Knapp, continues her sister¿s legacy by being a voice for Caroline¿s struggles.
Gabwojo0913 More than 1 year ago
When I came across this book I was drawn to the title and cover page immediately. But when I read the back cover I was ready to buy the book. I thought this book very good because Knapp was open and honest about every situation that came with being an alcoholic. I also think this could be very useful and eyeopening for anyone who is having trouble with a toxic relationship, family matter or anything that is leading you to alcohol because it will encourage you to get help
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you still sober ? I hope so. This is such a horrible disease. It took my sister. She tried so hard to quit. But the disease won.
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tempepoolguy More than 1 year ago
Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story" is an absorbing account of her own years-long experience with alcoholism. The book is engaging, whether someone has never tasted alcohol or whether someone, too, struggles with substance-dependence. I remember feeling sad when I learned Ms. Knapp passed away many years ago. So much to offer ... .
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bellevueblogger More than 1 year ago
I found Caroline's memoir about her alcoholism excellent reading. I feel like I understood alcoholism a lot more after reading it.
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Caroline Knapp is a brilliant writer. I would recommend this book to anyone battling anything in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest, Informative..............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finishing this book is like losing a freind. Caroline was so open and honest about her experiences, I looked forward to eharing form her every day as I read the story. Having alcoholics in my family thatr I never understood drove me to buy this. I cannot say I understand them now but theremany patterns and behaviors I recognize. Great read and I thank her for sharing.
GreenvilleReader More than 1 year ago
Caroline Knapp tells the unvarnished truth about herself and her alcoholism. Let's the reader draw his own conclusions about the shortcomings of the life she led. For five years after attaining sobriety, she shared a meaningful friendship with Gail Caldwell, fellow writer,memoirist, and recovering alcoholic. Caldwell writes extensively about Knapp in her book, Let's Take the Long Way Home. Knapp's articulate insight and unsparing soul searching make the book one of my favorite memoirs.
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