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Publisher's Summary

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.

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A not very lovely story that I love anyway.

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

What made the experience of listening to Drunk Mom the most enjoyable?

Like watching a train wreck. It was obvious that she was heading for disaster but I had to watch it unfold.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine and author. She is brutally honest about her shortcomings and, ultimately, her comeback.

Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

The author and her baby.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A train wreck.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved This Book!

If you could sum up Drunk Mom in three words, what would they be?

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.

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Realistic. No useless fluff.

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I struggled while listening as it brought me closer to understanding the stops and starts of my own family members. Struggled, but necessarily so. I'll have a much more understanding heart when I now know that the goals that make quitting substances in my own mind, well worth the fight, just aren't reality for addicts. I really needed this story. I also know that that I can't expect others to be anything but what they are, and that my role is to be the supporter. To encourage them to never stop quitting.

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Riveting

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.

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Struggled after chapter 8

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.

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Better than coffee or booze!!

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.

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honest great read about sobriety

Such a detailed personal journey. Best sobriety book so far for me. Completely relatable and not preachy.

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Not worth the read!

This book has no value! What a totally disappointed. It has no message from the storyteller. Just rambling.

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Captivating and charming in a raw way

I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't stop listening to it once she got to the drinking chapters. It is so relatable to my recovery. I appreciate her coming out with her raw story. No one can get clean until they are truly ready. Its an inspiration to those still out that they are not alone and recovery is possible.