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Old 04-27-2012, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for good memoir/biography alcoholic books


I like reading these as they help me recover. For example a good one I read recently was Terry by George McGovern.

Can you recommend any?
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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'No Room To Live' by Wynford Ellis OWen. Not well known, but one of the most validating books I have ever read. I read it in one sitting and have returned to it again. It's on Amazon.
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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
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The best AA memoir I ever read was 'St. Mary Blue' by Barry Longyear. Every time I read it it reminds me of everything I went through during my first year.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anything by Augusten Burrows...Dry, Running With Scissors, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects. They're all good.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I read one that was alright a few years ago and pretty straight forward regarding a mans process through rehab and AA and relapse. 'Drunkard: A hard Drinking Life' by Neil Stienberg I thought it was decent. Of course I read it before I even considered quiting so maybe I would think differently now.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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"Dr Bob and the Good Oldtimers", the story of Dr. Bob, one of AA's co-founders, and early AA in Akron and Cleveland. Great historical read if you are an AAer too.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My favourite is "Drinking: A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp. It's an amazing memoir.

"High on Arrival" by MacKenzie Phillips

"Untied" by Meredith Baxter

"Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher

"After All" by Mary Tyler Moore

"Moving Pictures" by Ali McGraw

"Second Act" by Lynda Carter



"My Story" by Ann-Margaret

"A Glad Awakening" by Betty Ford
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I love reading these books too. My favorite "The night of the gun"
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Will Love for Crumbs - Jonna Irvin. See my post in What are you Reading Thread.
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recently read Jack London's "John Barleycorn", which is about a hundred years old, so rather different from today's memoirs.
you can see the progression, the denial, the bargaining...but none of those words are used. written before we had all this "recovery-language"
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There's one by Christopher Kennedy Lawford called "Moments of Clarity" that sounded good, but I haven't read it yet.
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My favourite is "Drinking: A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp. It's an amazing memoir.
I got this the other day and so far I am enjoying the read. I can relate to so much of what she went thru and her feelings and thoughts.

I also bought Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul but haven't started that one yet.
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The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. It has diary entires from him but then other people comment on the same event from their perspective. I loved it. A really honest account with the added bonus of music references.
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Craig Ferguson wrote "american on purpose". It's not all about his alcoholism and recovery, but it's a biography of his life so he obviously describes both his drinking years and his new sober life. I have to say I love him and think he is charming and fun so I loved the book for that reason
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The Good House by Ann Leary
This is a work of fiction and has merit as an enjoyable read. The main character just out of rehab is someone I recognized so well! Her denial and rules for her secret drinking are familiar. The quick decent back to where she was scared me and keeps me sober.
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This is my first post as a newcomer. Unwasted My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic was excellent.
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This is my first post as a newcomer. Unwasted My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic was excellent.
Thanks pianowoman. This book is well reviewed by readers on Amazon and Goodreads It appears to focus on adjusting to a sober life. As a binge drinker, I have trouble seeing myself never drinking again. I think this book may offer some insight.
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Man back in my day (doing ACOA work),it was all about Melodie Beattie, John Bradshaw, Jan Woititz, David Viscot.

One book I could kick myself for giving away is the one that coined the term ACOA; The Laundry List by Tony A. it was very good and out of print now. Going for $$$ on amazon.

One thing I learned early on was to park myself in a big bookstore, Self Help section, and THE book that was meant for me to read at that time was the one I found. Still works for me today only now it's online shopping. So much easier although I do love bookstores!!

But I digress, they're all good especially the one you're reading now, it all helps just keep doing it! I was like a sponge absorbing everything I could wrap my brain around.

Happy hunting and reading!
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One thing I learned early on was to park myself in a big bookstore, Self Help section, and THE book that was meant for me to read at that time was the one I found. Still works for me today only now it's online shopping. So much easier although I do love bookstores!!
This exact thing has been a blessing in my life and has guided my recovery from the very beginning. The right book appears in my life when I need it most.
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