Parched

Parched

by Heather King

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ISBN-13: 9780451220066
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 313,529
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

An attorney turned writer and Catholic convert, Heather King is a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and a communicant at St. Basil’s Church in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Parched, the story of her struggle with alcoholism. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, the Utne Reader, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and the Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Parched 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Melkor81205 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I usually enjoy books or films about human struggle, despair, or inner-conflicts. This book provides plenty of that,in one instance,the author recalls removing dead roaches from her flat left over beer and then drinking it. How is that for a person with issues? But there was something about this book I just...could not sink my teeth into. The writing style was neither here nor there, it was not poorly written but it just felt something was missing.
cdraley on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Spoiler Alert!I picked this up at the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble and now I sort of understand why it was put there in the first place. While the premise of the story is interesting and uplifting, the actual telling of it is drawn out and overly dramatic. I'm not sure if I would feel differently if I had ever battled a horrible disease like alcoholism, but I kept wondering when she was going to be done describing the daily downs that accompany 24-7 drinking and drug use. She definitely got the point across that she was not a likeable person during her addiction - and I liked her even less for the self-pitying narrative (however true it was at the time) that wove its way through the pages.You know from the beginning how the story ends (recovery inspired by family intervention) and as I was reading, I was just waiting for the big tearful meeting to occur. Additionally, the role of religion seemed like an afterthought to the story - again, maybe I would understand if I had ever had a sudden enlightenment of the spiritual persuasion.The most interesting bit about all of this was how immediately intriguing the quotes from her journal entries were. Acidic, scathing, sad, and b*tchy at once, they were truly insightful and amazingly written. I got the impression that the story would have been a better one if it only consisted of her journal entries!All-in-all, not a bad read, but not a great one either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most insightful, personally relatable and enjoyable memoir I have read. Right up there with Caroline Knapp' s "Drinking, A Love Story", and for me hit even closer to home. Felt like I was right there in the physically and emotionally painful times, as well as the beautifully described times of feast, camaraderie, and grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written! Heather King's memoir is a gift.
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silverrosewench More than 1 year ago
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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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"