Drunk Mom: A Memoir

Drunk Mom: A Memoir

by Jowita Bydlowska


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ISBN-13: 9780143126508
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 140,733
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Canada as a teenager. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Salon and the Huffington Post. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her son and his father.

Table of Contents

a night at the museum 1

the next day 9

i'm a drunk 13

motherhood 20

bedtime 26

birthday 32

summer 37

harm reduction 44

on the beach 53

regroup 58

how to get rid of bottles 71

rats and cocaine 79

cosmopolitan 83

why 97

at the doctor's 105

better now 111

on the go 116

new home 125

at the counselor's 133

morning after 140

home for the holidays 149

research 159

intake 163

on my way 169

checkingin 176

inside 182

post-traumatic stress disorders 193

learning 197

the community 204

rehab hocus-pocus 211

alex 216

graduation 220

again 226

a girl walks into a snake 229

group work 234

i drink alone 238

one 244

lost and found 255

the moment 264

this part of the story 266

up the hill 271

wednesday 278

sade 281

sober 288

archeology 291

chris 298

falling 302

A note and acknowledgments 305

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"While the title suggests a simple autobiographical autopsy of motherhood marred by alcoholism, Bydlowska's memoir delivers far more - a human portrait of the disease." - The New York Times Book Review

“It is a memoir that pushes at boundaries – what is private, what should perhaps be kept private, what we need to know, what we don’t, what is insightful or just exhibitionism.  [O]ne of the most talked about books of the season... “ —The Globe and Mail

"Drunk Mom is a rarity in this age of constant overshares—a work that had me questioning, "Does she want us to know this? Should I know this?" as I read it. ...At times, it's also a shockingly amusing read, sprinkled with wry, dark humour. I couldn’t put it down." - Vice

“[M]aternal tippling is a trendy topic on ‘mom’ blogs... But these chirpy, jokey accounts don’t touch the dark spiral of addiction Toronto writer Jowita Bydlowska relives in this riveting account... Bydlowska is an evocative, talented and gutsy writer who appears willing to confess all…  Bydlowska writes of watching other upscale stroller-pushing moms and wondering: do they hide mickeys in their diaper bags too? With this bracing book, others will now be asking that question as well.” —Maclean’s

“To understand this story in the guise of an addiction memoir is to misunderstand its worth…. Instead, this book is fresh within the context of a parenting memoir, one of a particular kind: A counterculture parenting memoir.  [It] stands as an uncommonly perceptive chronicle of what it means to be an intelligent, urban parent trying to hold on to the rest of her life. As a writer she’s got some chops.” —National Post
“A compelling, raw look at her struggle with alcoholism, the addiction that swallowed [Bydlowska] after the birth of her son.” —Elle (Canada)
“Drunk Mom is a stunning, harrowing read.  Why harrowing?  Not just because of the dramatic story, of a new mother at the edge of her tether.  And not only because of Jowita Bydlowska’s skill as a writer, and the crisp, original way she tells it.  What’s most harrowing about Drunk Mom is that you can’t stop reading it—this, the dark, now-told tale that lurks in the shadow of every seemingly normal family.” —Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon

“A brave, brilliant and scathing self-portrait.  Full of energy and insight. If Frida Kahlo had been a writer, she might have been compared to Jowita Bydlowska.” —Patricia Pearson, author of A Brief History of Anxiety – Yours and Mine.
“Fearless and troubling, and so very humane, Bydlowska explodes the cutesy momoir genre. You'll read it in one sitting." —Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything.

"This is quite simply not just another addiction memoir. It's something truly special. I felt this book. It carries the reader. It whispers. It really is can't-put-it-down great!"
—Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of I'm Kind of a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy.

“Jowita is matter-of-fact, funny, fearless, and irreverent as she lifts the veil to chronicle what it means to be a young mother when both baby and mother have their own bottles — the shame and the inner voices, as well as the joy and relief. This book is for anyone who has ever struggled to make it through a day.”
—Laura Albert, a.k.a. JT LeRoy, author of Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold's End

“Jowita Bydlowska, to steal a phrase from Hemingway, writes hard and clear about what hurts. And man oh man can she write! …In my decades as a lover of books I've written only two fan mails. One of them went to Jowita Bydlowska. Thank you, Jowita, for Drunk Mom – for its rawness, for its clarity, for its bravery.” —Angie Abdou, Fernie Fix

"It takes guts to write a book called Drunk Mom. You couldn’t pay me a million bucks to slap my name under a title like that. In fact, I suspect very few people in the world who share a story like this would. But I’m glad Jowita did because you know where I am right now? I’m about to enter one of those Amazing Awesome meetings. I hadn’t been going regularly; I was taking a break. Drunk Mom brought me back. " - She Does the City

‘[A] gifted writer, and a courageous one… Without glibness, without self-pity, knowing that she risks being judged, Bydlowska tells her story…. Luckily for those reading her story, she possesses a wickedly dark sense of humour.” —The Gazette, Montreal

“[She] eschews the touchy-feely language of recovery ... The cool yet raw efficiency of Bydlowska’s prose, a testament to her successful journalistic career, repudiates indulgence of any kind. This detachment is what makes Drunk Mom both a painful yet paradoxically effortless read.” — Literary Review of Canada

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Drunk Mom 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have great admiration for someone who has the guts to set aside shame and tell their story to the world....thank you for sharing! From one alcoholic to another....I needed to hear this!
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Next res.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in. Yawning. She sits going though her phone looking at the picture of the isturments shes trying to sell all the one she plays.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Join the drunk club. Questions: 1. What makes you drunk?? And give a reason why u want ti join.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing Read!