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Drinking Diaries: Women Writing about Alcoholism

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Drinking Diaries: Women Writing about Alcoholism

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It never fails to amaze me how people are driven to write about substance abuse or addiction—both those who have battled it, and those who have been affected by it. (One example is the NYT Proof blog, which is supposed to be resurrected at some point.)

I ran into another example of writing about addiction recently after finally seeing the movie Julie & Julia. I wanted to know more about Julie Powell, the woman who blogged about following Julia Child’s recipes and got a book published (on which the movie is based) as a result. I found an interview she had done on a site called Drinking Diaries. &nbsp

Drinking Diaries, the founders tell us, is “a forum for women to share, vent, express, and discuss their drinking stories without judgment.” Writers Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein have both been affected by alcoholism in their family, so it’s natural that they got the idea for the blog. They solicit stories about drinking from women and have compiled essays into a book that will be published in September 2012:DRINKING DIARIES: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up”.

I could spend a lot of time on this site–there’s lots of good stuff here, like an interview with Alexandra Styron, daughter of author William Styron, who wrote about his depression in his memoir, “Darkness Visible”. His daughter  has written a memoir about growing up with him, “Reading My Father.”  I also liked the Resources section, which lists books related to drinking. I’m including them here:


At Home in the World, by Joyce Maynard

Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp

Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, by Carolyn See

Hungry Hill: A Memoir, by Carole O’Malley Gaunt

Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety, by Rachel Brownell

Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey From Grape to Glass, by Natalie MacLean

Slow Motion, by Dani Shapiro

Smashed, by Koren Zailckas


Drinking, Smoking and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times, edited by Sara Nickles, with Bob Shacochis

It Will Never Happen to Me, by Claudia Black

Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post World War II America, by Lori Rotskoff

Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights, by Sarah Allen Benton


Rosie, by Anne Lamott


Love You, Hate You, Miss You, by Elizabeth Scott

A Room on Lorelei Street, by Mary Pearson



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