A best seller in its native Canada, Drunk Mom is a gripping, brutally honest memoir of motherhood in the shadow of alcoholism.
Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism.
In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the best-selling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska's account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life - the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking - as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one's child. Ultimately, it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.
©2013 Jowita Bydlowska (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Buy This Book! For anyone who has ever fought an addiction, loved someone who is an alcoholic/addict or if you've just ever wondered what the heck makes someone drink to the point where they have destroyed their lives, you have to read this book. The story is of a young, nursing mother whose alcoholism slowly progresses, as most addictions inevitably do until her life has become unmanageable. She is not a lover of AA and is quite opinionated about her attempts at recovery and the lengths she will go through to hide her disease. She prides herself on her ability to function and believes herself to be a good mom. A must read for anyone who works in this field, especially CPS. Well written and well narrated.
Wife to one, mom to six, lifelong lover of books.
Like watching a train wreck. It was obvious that she was heading for disaster but I had to watch it unfold.
The heroine and author. She is brutally honest about her shortcomings and, ultimately, her comeback.
The author and her baby.
A train wreck.
I enjoyed this listen.
Jowita Bydlowska has crafted a heart-wrenching, up close, and personal portrait of the ugliness and helplessness of addiction. I related so closely to her struggles and self-loathing... why, I do not know. Maybe because her book reflects so vividly on the human condition and all its frailties and inconsistencies. Perhaps one doesn't need to be in the personal throes of addiction to still respect it and it's curiosities.
I am upset by negative reviews of Drunk Mom because I can't understand how anyone could read this book and not feel compassion for and celebrate the raw difficult truthfulness that Jowita successfully captured and shared with us. The book is not only a beautiful and bravely written memoire, but also a sober cautionary tale of how easy it is to sink. Thank you, Jowita, for your book.
Relentless hours of self loathing mumbles that bounce around in her head. No story line... Started strong but then lost me after chapter 8. She is very descriptive but she really had no story to tell, unless going grocery shopping and eating lunch is a story. She made some very accurate feelings ones with addition may have but there was no story to tell. Most of it is her rambling about what could potentially maybe just maybe perhaps hypothetically could be... Lol... If you listen to this you will understand that last statement. Not worth $20 but I would say that it likely would be way easier to listen to than read with all of the rambles. Good premise but needed a story.
I listened before i went to work. As soon as i got home two days in a row. Thanks audible. As a busy mom i never would have had the time to sit and read it. Thanks CBC for recommending it.
Man oh man. Sooooo well written. Could not put it down. Fascinating. A total look at a addiction in a way I have never known or understood it before. I learned so much, I become totally obsessed with the characters.... I cannot say enough positive things about this book. Can't wait for her next book. Cannot wait.
Definitely! It was very relatable for me...because I'm in recovery as well...but anyone could appreciate it!
That's difficult...maybe Portia D's book Unbearable Lightness because both offer insight into their struggles...one being alcoholism, the other anorexia and bulimia...and still manages to mix in humor at times as well. Many of the symptoms, logic (or lack of**in their thinking or actions) and the results or effects of those things at times can be interchangeable...or perhaps very similar. So in my case as a recovering alcoholic, I could still relate to Portia's story because I too made irrational excuses, or denied how serious my situation actually was.
I have not. I must say that I've stopped other books very early due to the narration or the way it sounds being read, and this was the best one that I've had so far! I do wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much if read by someone else! High praise for sure!
Oh I think that could have been done, it was great for many reasons!! But when they are as good as this was....in audio or hardcopy....I try to take my time!
I would highly recommend this one to anyone in recovery....as well as new mothers. I also might encourage those who may wonder about their own health, or question their lives at that time...because it definitely goes into her thought processes and how she carried out her daily life as an alcoholic. It could help show that your own actions or thoughts are similar to others in similar situations or struggles. You aren't so "crazy" or "strange" after all and maybe realize that they can make changes and recover as well!
I have tried to listen to this several times and the monotone nature of the narrators voice lulls me into sleep. There's no change in the voice from chapter to chapter and it's difficult to follow. I keep waiting for the book to really go somewhere as well, but it's just depressing!!!
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