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Old 04-12-2014, 09:05 AM   #41 (permalink)
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A street cat named Bob, by James Bowen, is a great read. He was a heroin addict, then methadone, until he adopted Bob and cleaned up his life when he was responsible for his cat.
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I just read "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell. She was Caroline Knapp's best friend and the book is a memoir of their friendship. Caldwell is also a recovering alcoholic and she shares her story in the book. It's a sad book because it deals with Caroline's death, but if you loved Drinking: A Love Story like so many of us do, it's a good book to read more about Knapp and her life in sobriety. It has uplifting parts and Caldwell addresses moving forward in the face of losing her best friend.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:33 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Here's a short documentary about James Bowen and Bob the street cat.


A Street Cat Named Bob - short documentary - YouTube
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Anything from Ernest Kurtz.

Ernest Kurtz, The Collected Ernie Kurtz

Not God and Spirituality of imperfection are my favorites from him
I'm reading his Not-God and The Spirituality of Imperfection. Will have to read this also! Thanks for mentioning.
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My favorites are Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp and Turnabout by Jean Kirkpatrick, the founder of Women For Sobriety.
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I just read "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell. She was Caroline Knapp's best friend and the book is a memoir of their friendship. Caldwell is also a recovering alcoholic and she shares her story in the book. It's a sad book because it deals with Caroline's death, but if you loved Drinking: A Love Story like so many of us do, it's a good book to read more about Knapp and her life in sobriety. It has uplifting parts and Caldwell addresses moving forward in the face of losing her best friend.

I just happened by chance to pick up the audio version of Gail's book a the library ironically RIGHT after finishing Caroline's book. I love love LOVED it. I liked seeing the dovetailing aspects of their lives and for all of its sadness it was nice to find out what happened to Caroline in her years after writing the book. I liked Gail's book enough that I also want to read her other books.
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"Drinking - A Love Story" by Caroline Knapf is the best by far.

Pete Hamill's "A Drinking Life" is pretty good also.
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For pure hilarity "Dry" by Augusten Burroughs takes the cake for me. He is very upfront about changing some of the characters in the book and I can't say as I relate much to the story itself but the man is a darned good writer and having been through rehab I certainly "got" some of the over the top stuff he talked about.
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I am reading two books that describe who I am. They are "A New Earth-Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle, and "I'll be Back Right After This" by Pat O'brien.

I am very blessed at age 82 to be able read, to understand, to accept, and to still change while feeling the love and joy of recovery.

I have been on SR for a year, and just discovered this thread.
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Another thumbs up for "Lit" by Mary Karr. She is a dynamite writer. I would say about this one that I'm glad I didn't read this newly sober since it covers at length her post recovery period and doesn't pull any punches-getting sober is just the tip of the iceberg. I like her writing well enough and her incredible way with descriptions that I want to read the book that made her raise to fame about her childhood (The Liars Club.)
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yup, another vote for Caroline Knapp's book. So good, I'm re-reading it right now. And will probably read it a few more times over the years.
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Jupiters, I might read it again soon. Some days I realize my drinking days are beginning to turn into a hazy memory for me. I don't want to dwell there, but I also don't want to forget.
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Parched was really good. . .can't remember the author.
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I know there was a lot of controversy over A Million Little Pieces by James Frey because some of the details in the book were embellished, but I loved it and it affected me deeply. As a writer I don't really care whether it was all true or not; it spoke to me as a human being and that's what matters.
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I read that one, Readerbaby, and I just can't remember much of it! Maybe because I was drinking at the time? Lol.
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I read that one, Readerbaby, and I just can't remember much of it! Maybe because I was drinking at the time? Lol.
so many books and movies I need to re-visit due to the fact I was totally hammered reading/watching.
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Yeah, same for me, Jupiters. I tended to drink and watch movies so there are many movies I watched and only remember the first 15 minutes... *groan*

I didn't typically read and drink though. I read sober. But since many things just run together during drinking days, my reading comprehension undoubtedly suffered.
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Susan Cheever wrote My Name Is Bill which is about Bill W.'s life and the beginning of AA.

She also wrote: Home Before Dark about being an adult child of an alcoholic and her own story about dependency on booze in Note Found in a Bottle.
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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Cope Moyers.

Great story of recovery by the Son of famous father Bill Moyers currently on PBS.

I believe Cope is affiliated with Hazelden.
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Anything by Augusten Burrows...Dry, Running With Scissors, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects. They're all good.
Augusten Burroughs is a liar, and his "memoirs" are not accurate at all.

The family he wrote about in Running with Scissors sued him for libel, and they won.

He's not as bad as James Frey but he might as well be as the memoirs are that poorly written and full of lies.
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