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Drinking: A Love Story
Drinking A Love Story
Author: Caroline Knapp
Drinking: A Love Story is journalist Caroline Knapp's powerful, New York Times-bestselling account of her twenty years as a functioning — alcoholic.  Knapp drank through her years at Brown University, and through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist.  Publicly, she was a — dutiful daughter, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385315548
ISBN-10: 0385315546
Publication Date: 5/12/1997
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 125 ratings
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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tabbycat25 avatar reviewed Drinking: A Love Story on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
*caroline's memoir is brave and important..The story of women, not just alcoholic women..her story is the victorious report of a woman's coming of age*

Caroline Knapp died on Monday, June 3, 2006 from complications arising from lung cancer. She was 42. Her second book, Drinking: A Love Story (Dial, 1996), about her struggle to come to terms with alcoholism, made her national reputation.

Her second bestseller, Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs (Dial, 1998), solidified her standing as a writer of distinction. Ostensibly a book about dogs, it is, like so much of Caroline's work, at heart about love and relationships. Just before she died, she finished her latest work, a book about women's appetites for, among other things, life, love, food, and sex.

Caroline died at Mount Auburn Hospital, where she was closely attended during the days before her death by her family, her friend and companion of many years, photographer Mark Morelli, and her dog, Lucille. Caroline and Mark were married in May, a few weeks after she was diagnosed.
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Helpful Score: 5
Several adjectives for this book come to mind: powerful, gripping, eye-opening, and alarming.

This is the true story of a woman alcholic and her travels through the disease of alcoholism.

A professional journalist, Knapp's story is like reading "The Lost Weekend". However, She is not skilled at turning a phrase and her writing is prosaic.

It is the story itself that keeps the pages turning. If your interest is in learning about alcoholism and the peculiar rational that sustains alcoholics down through the years, get this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I can say that I really enjoyed this book. I found it very insightful and slightly sad when reading about the death of her parents and her efforts to please her father. good read
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Helpful Score: 3
I read this three times and found it to be extremely intersting how far deep someone can get beforew they recognize the problems.
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Helpful Score: 3
Interesting and disturbing autobiographical look into the life of a "functional" alcoholic. The book was surprisingly well written and very insightful. At times it felt like the book was written more for the author than for the readers, which I suppose is true for many books, but this book came across as almost confessional. I thought the author was incredibly honest and forthright, and I hope she continues to abstain from alcohol. The author gave some "sobering" statistics (I use the word loosely) about how many folks stay recovered alcoholics.
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Definitely intriguing
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I found this book informative about alcoholism and the thought processes involved. I have shared it with a friend who is living with the pain of an alcoholic in her family and it has also helped her cope with this disease. Since alcoholism touches many of us personally and through those close to us, I recommend this book to anyone. The story of the authors private struggles is not as important as some of the ahha moments I had during her narratives that sounded so familiar.
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Not too shabby.
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This was a wonderfully written, harrowing account of alcoholism and also a fascinating memoir of a brilliant woman.
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Powerful, beautifully written and well worth reading.
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"a dead honest, beautifully written book that takes you inside the world of alcoholism, and tells you how to get free."- Nan Robertson, author of "Getting Better"