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.
©1996 Caroline Knapp (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
As a former heavy drinker and now sober for 2 years I was able to relate to not all but some of her story. Some of my questions were answered and my feelings made sense. I had moments when I would nod my head in agreement and sometimes I could say, not me. Overall it helped in some parts of my life that I wasn't alone in the journey of being and staying sober.
I've read a few memoirs on alcoholism and this is truly the best I've encountered. Knapp's words ring so true, in such a poignant and eloquent way. I'd highly recommend this audio book not only for its touching content but also for its moving narration.
What an incredible story. I don't think I've ever read so honest a book. I feel I've peered right into the authors soul. I highly recommend this book if you have ever struggled with alcohol related issues
This candid story doesn't hold back. The author details the deepest and darkest moments of her very difficult journey, and how she overcame it all.
You need to read this book. It is an honest and beautiful account of a very difficult struggle with a destructive addiction. Caroline Knapp allows you to be inside her mind and her soul as she openly shares her darkest truth bringing you along her painful but ultimately inspiring journey. The talent who read this book did a phenomenal job.
Her style is phenomenally candid and Knapp doesn't shy away from the raw vulnerability required to recount a life so hostilely taken over by alcohol and the redemption that sobriety ultimately gave.
This spoiled author comes from much privilege and has pretty severe daddy issues because professor daddy didn't pay enough attention. She carries on with affairs and lives a madmen style life. She seems to crave sympathy and attention(especially when sober) she lacked early in life.
"Not what I had expected"
I bought this on the back of other self help audio books (Craig Beck). I was hoping that this would be similar. It wasn't. My fault for not doing my research. Whilst I could empathise with the author's experiences, I feel the story could have ben told in half the time. I found a lot of it repetitive.
Empathy with the author's experiences.... very repetitive
No, it was too long
It's worth a listen as a story but not self help.
"Amazing narration and very conversational story"
The narrator of this book is excellent.It is not author of the book but sounds like she is. I feel like this woman is sitting next to me telling her story.
there are many...Just the honesty and accuracy of the unfolding life and the analysis of those small subtle moments in her life that stayed with her.
Haven't listened to this lady until now but you can be very sure I will look for other books she has narrated. A real natural. Probably the best I have heard.
I see it now...
Great Storyteller, both the author and the narrator. Probably the only audio book that has had my attention the entire time.
"Enjoyed this more than I thought i would"
I really enjoyed this book and sometimes forgot it was a true memoir. I constantly wanted to know what happened next. I Was saddened to learn after reading this book that she died at only 42 from Lung Cancer.
well worth reading or listening to as it shows how drinking over time can control and dictate your life.
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