A Love Story

Book - 1996
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A powerful, brave, and moving memoir of one woman's struggle with alcoholism, a disease that affects fifteen million Americans each year. "It happened this way: I fell in love and then, because love was destroying everything I cared about, I had to fall out." So begins Caroline Knapp's searing account of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol, the "liquid armor" she used to protect herself from life's painful realities: family tension, social insecurity, fear of intimacy, her parents' deaths. Though she was for twenty years a functioning alcoholic, few would have suspected that beneath her attractive, Ivy League veneer, this successful professional was a young woman who had to drink herself to sleep every night. She thought alcohol gave her the courage to face life. It took her twenty years to admit that drinking only made it more difficult to bear. Written with warmth, candor, and wisdom, here is one woman's story of addiction and recovery--a story that begins in despair and loneliness, but ends with the hope that within each of us lies the strength to survive in the world without anesthesia.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780385315517
Branch Call Number: 362.292 KNA
Characteristics: 258 p. ;,22 cm


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Sep 05, 2015

An autobiography that burns with intense honesty and vulnerability. Knapp so openly and willingly dissects herself that I at times wanted to cry. Not just for her, but for myself, and every other person who has fought addiction. She stares into the mirror with a savage kind of courage, and had me standing right beside her, seeing so much of myself in her reflection.
Hands down the most moving, intimate, and insightful autobiography I've ever read.

Nov 01, 2014

Great stuff. Honest, very honest, informative, hopeful in its way. Very true story of alcoholism.

I'm not alcoholic, but I've lived some similarly destructive strategies to avoid pain, and I found it brought back similar memories and was both useful and painful to read.

May 10, 2014

Excellent book. Gifted writer who died too young from lung cancer.

May 10, 2014

This book should be read by anyone whose life has been touched by an alcoholic. I was greatly disappointed to learn that Knapp had died of lung cancer quite a while ago as I wanted to tell her just how much I learned from this book. The book is not purely linear which makes for good storytelling. The characters, her family, friends, lovers, are vividly drawn. Knapp is an excellent writer and what she says here is of enormous value.

Mar 29, 2011

great book about how one becomes vulnerable to alcohol and how to free yourself from it

Mar 07, 2011

A tale of a young life wasted drinking day and night. Remarkable how much writing she managed. An alkie's story better appreciated by readers who have been closer to this illness.

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