Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life

Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life

by Neil Steinberg
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Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life by Neil Steinberg

"A compelling read, sad and wistful and breathtakingly forthright."—Chicago Magazine

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg loved his job, his wife, and his two young sons. But he also loved to drink. Drunkard is an unflinchingly honest account of one man's descent into alcoholism and his ambivalent struggle to embrace sobriety. Sentenced to an outpatient rehab program, Steinberg discovers that twenty-eight days of therapy cannot reverse the toll taken by decades of hard drinking. As Steinberg claws his way through recovery, grieves the loss of the drink, and tries to shore up his faltering marriage, he is confronted by the greatest test he has ever faced, and finds himself in the process. Steinberg's gripping memoir is a frank and often painfully funny account of the stark-yet-common realities of a disease that affects millions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452295438
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 310,598
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil Steinberg is a columnist and editorial board member at the Chicago Sun-Times. He has written for many national publications, including Rolling Stone, Readers’ Digest, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated.

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Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was hard to put down. It was also difficult to wrap my head around. In much of the book, Steinberg just doesn't seem to 'Get it.' I realize he was writing as if were were there with him as he walked on and strayed from the path toward recovery. May he find strength. May his family be blessed for their tremendous strength and courage and may they continue to have both! This is a painful and fascinating read, though also a bit gruesome (someone's pain up close and personal) in that it is a bit like seeing an accident - Look! Don't look! It is, in the end, a fascinating read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book gave the desperation of addiction a face one that could belong to anyone. It brought the challanges of addiction to life in a way I have not read before. Great book.
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