*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.
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.
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
I read this three times and found it to be extremely intersting how far deep someone can get beforew they recognize the problems.
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.