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Publisher's Summary

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city's clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach, the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.

©2016 Lisa F. Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Helped my real struggle with alcohol.

I could not stop listening to this book. I started it on the way to a meeting and listened more on the way to the office. By the time I arrived at the office I had resolved to contact my health insurance company to find a qualifying IPO. Prior to this book I had no clue how I could even set something like that in motion. The information provided together with the honesty and transparency of the book has saved my life. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 06-14-17

A Good Look At The Dual-Diagnosis...

Drugs and alcohol are fun, until they're of equal weight with despair, until they're heavier than the despair that kills. "Girl Walks Out of a Bar" isn't a comic look at addiction as the publisher's summary states it is. While candid and not taking itself overly seriously, it's not comic at all. Instead, it's a bio of an illness, especially of the dual-diagnosis of mental illness treated by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Smith is very open about how necessary it all is at the beginning, a way of dealing with depression and feelings of inadequacy, of always trying to shoot for more as a way of feeling good enough. It's a necessary and fun part of being with friends who drink and party, but not as hard as you do. It's a necessary way of getting through the stresses of a job, the stresses of daily life.
And what do you do when the shakes start, and you start vomiting blood? Smith shows how recovery is hard and not for the faint of heart, but for those struggling to survive even one more minute.
While parts of "Girl Walks Out of a Bar" did drag a bit, mostly since it goes heavily into her past, as in: every single event is remembered, I found the book on the whole to be quite worth it. Not everybody understands how addiction is sometimes (heck, probably "mostly") used to self-medicate, and the book paints a vivid portrait of alcohol and drugs as a singular coping mechanism. The initiated will appreciate it, friends and family going through this will appreciate it.
And the blessedly uninitiated might find it to be a portrait of everyday courage in the face of what some view to be a self-inflicted disease.
It's frank, honest, a fine portrayal.

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Just as it is...

If you could sum up Girl Walks Out of a Bar in three words, what would they be?

Raw, Real, and Eye-opening.

What did you like best about this story?

I sure did learn a lot about what addiction does to a person, on the inside (literally and figuratively) and to the people we surround ourselves with. I'd have to say this author has some beast courage. I love that the honesty began to roll off of her tongue when lying was really the familiar habit. She was so ready that lying wouldn't come.

Any additional comments?

Thank you. I so needed to learn how it really is. I'm the people we surround ourselves with....the Mommy.

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  • Lindsay
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 07-03-17

Not good, not bad, just ok

What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

Hillary Huber's performance was fine. Not particularly memorable, but also not particularly memorable in an annoying way either.

Any additional comments?

Meh, only ok. Worth the daily deal, not worth a full credit.

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very worth it

If you could sum up Girl Walks Out of a Bar in three words, what would they be?

Sarcastic, compelling, calm

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

When Lisa's marriage fell apart or really any time she told a story of something outragious she did when she was drinking

Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

Lisa's mom

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Loved it!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was great I couldn't put it down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

When she was already in a cab on our way to go see her brother's first child his daughter being born and she turned around because her coke dealer called and she would rather go do that then meet her niece.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One Day At A Time

Any additional comments?

This book has honestly opened up my eyes to how bad someone could actually get addicted to drugs, drinking, smoking, eating, well anything really. I mean the only thing I've ever really heard about addiction and coming off of it is detox after that nothing I had no idea it was like that like for real. I couldn't imagine having to live one day at a time like that, it takes a very strong person to do that

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Decent Overall Story of Recovery

Would you try another book from Lisa F. Smith and/or Hillary Huber?

Yes.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa F. Smith? Why or why not?

It was a good story, a bit dull at times but overall nice that she made it.

Did Hillary Huber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. But there really was only 1 main character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I'd wait for the DVD

Any additional comments?

Good job across the board.

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  • Lawrence
  • Racine, WI, United States
  • 10-01-17

Missing important details

The story is interesting, and the author shares details of her addiction which are frightening. However the stories are never fleshed out. It is almost as though she is afraid to cover negative or personal details about others in her story. This is most apparent in the epilogue where she mentions in passing interesting things that have happened to her since being in recovery. These are the kind of stories (related in depth) that your audience is interested in! For a superior memoir of recovering from alcoholism I highly recommend Blackout by Sarah Hepola, or maybe Dry by Augusten Burroughs, or even Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe.

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Very intimate look inside the life of the author.

Would you listen to Girl Walks Out of a Bar again? Why?

Absolutely. Especially the last few chapters because I liked how the story ended. This was one of those books that I enjoyed so much that I couldn't wait to run errands or do chores so I could listen to it.

What other book might you compare Girl Walks Out of a Bar to and why?

The writing and much of the story reminded me of Mary Karr. Much like Mary Karr, Lisa Smith is a talented writer with a real gift for telling her story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at many points during the book. The author was so real with her stories that you felt you were there. I also wanted to cry with her many times during the story.

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Excellent

Great read. It didn't sugarcoat addiction and I loved that it was from the addict 's point of view.

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  • AnneDriscoll
  • 05-20-17

Wonderful book

Lisa describes the horrors of alcoholism so well, the terrible sickness in the morning the paranoia, I was a functioning alcoholic with a responsible job,she reminded me of the insane thinking of the alcoholic the rationalisation I have been sober now 28 years & attended AA for about 17 years.
Great book would recommend 100%.

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  • Zebra Karma
  • 12-29-16

Fantastic

Engaging and very honest account of what it's like to be a high functioning alcoholic. Smith also describes her cross addiction to cocaine and how the two drugs work together to keep an addict going all through the night to the next day in a high powered job. Hubert is a fantastic narrator who I first encountered on the Elena Ferrante series.