Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story

Caroline Knapp / Dec 08, 2019

Drinking A Love Story The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper class family are explored in this stylistic literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist Caroline Knapp describes

  • Title: Drinking: A Love Story
  • Author: Caroline Knapp
  • ISBN: 9780385315548
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well to do parents pushed her toward anorexia and alcoholism Fittingly, it was literature that saved her she found inspiration in Pete HamillThe roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well to do parents pushed her toward anorexia and alcoholism Fittingly, it was literature that saved her she found inspiration in Pete Hamill s A Drinking Life and sobered up Her tale is spiced up with the characters she has known along the way A journalist describes her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic, explaining how she used alcohol to escape personal relationships and the realities of life until a series of personal crises forced her to confront her problem.

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      • Caroline Knapp

        Caroline Knapp was an American writer and columnist whose candid best selling memoir Drinking A Love Story recounted her 20 year battle with alcoholism.From 1988 95, she was a columnist for the Boston Phoenix, where her column Out There often featured the fictional Alice K In 1994, those columns were collected in her first book, Alice K s Guide to Life One Woman s Quest for Survival, Sanity, and the Perfect New Shoes.Knapp won wide acclaim for Drinking A Love Story 1996 , which described her life as a high functioning alcoholic and remained on the New York Times best seller list for several weeks She followed Drinking with Pack of Two, also a best seller, which recounted her relationship with her dog Lucille and humans relationships with dogs in general from


    220 Comments

    1. I wanted to avoid this, to simply rate this touching book and be done with it. I wanted to just ignore my compulsion toward emotionally disemboweling myself on the internet. And I've never really been one to write an autobiographical book review, but here we are, or here I am. Here I am, in my claustrophobic room; books scattered about, the television set on the main menu of Oshima Nagisa's Three Resurrected Drunkards (the irony there is very much unintentional), dim lamp light, Beethoven sonat [...]


    2. I just pulled my previous review after discovering the author died at the age of 42 from lung cancer. I'd been wanting to find out how she was getting on after ceasing drinking in 1995. She did maintain sobriety from what I know and continued a successful career until her untimely death in 2002. It is a very well written book, by a skilled journalist, and charts her slow and painful descent into alcohol dependence. As a very insightful account of her relationship with her father it is outstandin [...]


    3. I have an addiction to addiction memoirs, especially if the person is in recovery and is in a reflective mood. After all, who doesn't love a good redemption story?Caroline Knapp's memoir of her alcoholism is one of the best addiction memoirs I've ever read. She described herself as a "high-functioning alcoholic," which meant she was mostly able to balance her journalism career with her excessive drinking. I read this in 2000, but the writing was so good that I still remember several scenes from [...]


    4. Quotable:My mother understood that drinking was more dangerous [than smoking] and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future. It could eat its way through my life in exactly the same way a physical cancer eats its way through bones and blood and tissue, destroying everything.Beneath my own witty, professional façade were oceans of fear, whole rivers of self-doubt. I once heard alcoholism described in an AA meeting, with eminent simplicity, as “fe [...]


    5. Inside InformationThis book is so well written, and is so honest and informative, it is perhaps the most compelling (and useful) story about addiction I've ever read. Caroline Knapp, an Ivy-League educated columnist and editor, shares the story of her slide into alcoholism and her road to recovery with brutal honesty. Her down-to-earth, conversational tone pulls you in, and paints a very credible picture of someone who goes beyond the singular, self-serving notion of merely writing a memoir. Rec [...]


    6. I seriously considered putting this book down around the 144 page mark--which I rarely ever do--but I managed to get through it. First of all, I have much respect for what Knapp put down for this book. I know from experience that it's not fun to write about such difficult personal moments for others to read. Revisiting and reliving those memories is a difficult task of its own. That said, I found the book frustrating, at times agonizing to read, once I got to the halfway point of the memoir. It [...]


    7. Almost done. Picked this up in my supervisor's office to read when i don't have any calls to make or meetings to run. It had some okay parts, but on the whole Knapp's broad generalizations about alcoholics "Alcoholics do this, alcoholics do that, we do this, blah blah blah" got really irritating. So she was/is an alcoholic--that means she can speak from her own experience, but not from EVERY alcoholic's. Plus her writing was just so trendy.


    8. I also recommend this to anyone who feels they are trying too hard to avoid negative emotions.I just started reading this book, and it's really good. I have to say I'm wondering though at this point if I am a low-functioning human being who would have more success as a high-functioning alcoholic (the author talks about her her professional success was spurred on in a way by the need to conceal her alcoholism.)I like addiction stories. You've got to serve somebody.I finished this book last night, [...]


    9. Compelling memoir which paints a perhaps counterintuitive picture of what alcoholism looks like. It's pretty depressing.Sarah Hepola's Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget is also pretty good :)


    10. 3.5 starsCaroline Knapp's Appetites stole my heart earlier this summer; if I could I would quote every single page of that book. Drinking, Knapp's earlier memoir, has a similar strength in its empowering vulnerability regarding Knapp's alcoholism. While this book lacks some of the insights within Appetites, it gives a searing look into the life of a former high-functioning alcoholic.Of course, there is no simple answer. Trying to describe the process of becoming an alcoholic is like trying to de [...]


    11. “Anyone who's ever shifted from general affection and enthusiasm for a lover to outright obsession knows what I mean: the relationship is just there occupying a small corner of your heart, and then you wake up one morning and some indefinable tide has turned forever and you can't go back. You need it; it's a central part of who you are.” Alcoholism happens to the privileged, to the rich, to the very successful. It is not a picky lover.This very touching memoir describes in painful detail the [...]


    12. In vino veritas the saying goes. Being a wine drinker for years, I can agree and disagree with the common saying. When one drinks to excess, we certainly get very free with our feelings and emotions. I can also disagree with the saying as I didn’t always remember what I said at a certain point.Ms. Knapp’s book was certainly a rude awakening for me. So many of her stories were simply me. Where will I get that next glass of wine, if I went out to dinner I would have wine before and after the m [...]


    13. I thought this was well done. The book addresses one's relationship with alcohol and the difference between not being able to quit and not wanting to. I think the title is excellent. Sadly the author's personality led her to various addictions including anorexia and smoking. This supports recent studies noting that many people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery later struggle with alcohol and other addictions, often leading to depression.Knapp died too young, from lung cancer secondary to [...]



    14. I had the good fortune of reading, before "Drinking," the two contemporary classics of memoir, "Lit" and "Liars Club," both by Mary Karr and both about the subject upon which Caroline Knapp essays. It is interesting to compare them, because they take very different tacks to the same subject.Knapp is an excellent prose stylist. Her sentences pull you along and keep you glued to the page. There are virtually no stylistic mistakes or even awkwardnesses. This is not a first draft or even a fifth dra [...]


    15. If you're from another planet, just a visitor who's never been to Earth before, this book might be interesting to you.If you're a teetotaler who has never had a drink in your life, and you've also lived all alone in a cabin in the woods for your entire existence, this book might be informative and enthralling to you.But if you've ever watched a movie or read a book or imbibed alcohol or met someone who has imbibed alcohol, this book is one big DUH.You mean to tell me that alcohol makes people le [...]


    16. Possibly the best book about alcoholism that I've ever read. Caroline Knapp drank for 20 years. She chronicles how and why she started. Her writing is clear, raw and personal. This explains the fear that alcoholics deal with, and helped me understand the alcoholic mindset. The writing was really good and there were tons of facts in here that helped me learn things like-1. An alcoholic's life generally has a major negative impact on the lives of at least 4 other people2. 11 % of the US population [...]


    17. Fabulous on many levels, this book will take you on the nightmarish journey resulting from alcoholism. Articulate, brilliant, talented Knapp brings you through the bowels of hell and back with her as she struggles to overcome the addiction. Powerful writing detailing the pain of this path. A must read for anyone inflicted with alcoholism and for anyone still trying to figure out who's in charge - the alcohol or you.


    18. I'm deep into a self help/memoir kick and I'm not the least bit sorry. I've been thinking more about my own drinking lately and what it means and I've always tended to read/research a problem to death. This book was lovely and introspective but also somewhat dated at this point. I found much more to identify with in Blackout (parts of this were just completely foreign to me). It's still a valuable story and a compelling read.


    19. This is the most powerful book I have read about alcoholism. It is down-to-earth and poignant. I not only felt I got to know the author, but I grew to understand myself and my own history with alcohol, which assisted in positive changes in my life. I was sad to read later than Caroline Knapp died at only 42 years of age. I would have liked to thank her.


    20. This book was fantastic. Best addiction genre autobiography I have read. Knapp wrote with such perception and insight about her disease and how she fought the demon until she surrendered. What I found so sad is that while she got sober and seemed to find serenity, an outgrowth of her addiction ultimately killed her. She was a heavy smoker until she contracted lung cancer and died at 42.


    21. I started with "Take the long way home" and now I'm driven to read the other books written by Knapp/Caldwell to fill in the blanks. I wasn't surprised at how much I learned about alcoholism, but I was at how my empathy I now have for those struggling with it.


    22. very good stairmaster readingyou'll spend half the time being annoyed with this pretentious chick, and half the time wanting a glass of wine/beer/tequila shot. Not that drinking isn't a complicated love story for all of us--but she seems to think her love story with the bottle is on a heathcliff/catherine earnshaw level. Whereas the rest of us are at, apparently, more of a harlequin novel level. ok--as I've spent more time on the stairmaster with this chick--and on the subway (since she's also g [...]


    23. moving, sad, and gossipy. being a contemporary of hers living in the same city, it was inevitable that sightings came up with her dog at fresh pond she looked wan, and kind. She talks in the book about being smashed at lunch, but being able to function. I once met someone who worked with her, who said, actually, on those days she came back from lunch impaired, she couldn't do a thing, and everyone just let her be. very helpful metaphors throughout "i deserve this now" good to pair with Pete Ham [...]


    24. Caroline Knapp threw my assumptions about alcoholics on their heads. She tears the veil off of the female alcoholic, a type that we prefer to think doesn't exist. She was a high functioning alcoholic up until the end, holding a professional job and paying her bills on time. This memoir is brutally honest about her slow descent into alcoholism: the denial, the depression, the havoc it wreaked with her relationships. She reveals all the little ways that she deceived herself into thinking that she [...]


    25. So far, my favorite quote is, from the first chapter:"Trying to describe the process of becoming an alcoholic is like trying to describe air. It's too big and mysterious and pervasive to be defined. Alcohol is everywhere in your life, omnipresent, and you're both aware and unaware of it almost all the time, all you know is you'd die without it, and there is no simple reason why this happens, no single moment, no physiological event that pushes a heavy drinker across a concrete line into alcoholi [...]


    26. Drug on a little too long. I wanted to read the subject of "Let's Take The Long Way Home" though, so it was worth it.



    27. “The real struggle is about you: you, a person who has to learn to live in the real world, to inhabit her own skin, to know her own heart, to stop waiting for life to begin.”


    28. "Drinking: A Love Story" is a fascinating look into the mindset of an alcoholic. I have drinking issues in my family, so it is always interesting to read other perspectives on alcoholism. One of the most remarkable things about alcoholics is how similar their patterns are. Knapp may overgeneralize when she writes that alcoholics do this and alcoholics do that, but everything I know about AA indicates that the behavior and thought patterns are relatable; that is why AA is successful. Knapp has in [...]


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