Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Book - 2015
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A raw, vivid and ultimately uplifting memoir of addiction and recovery from the personal essays editor, in the spirit of Drinking: A Love Story and Wild .

For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.
But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure-the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent themselves or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most-but getting yourself back in return.

Publisher: London, Two Roads,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781473616080
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 22 cm.


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Apr 13, 2017

Very enjoyable book, Insightful and funny, I enjoyed the author's prose and storytelling. Her honesty is always like a breath of fresh air and what I value in a memoir.

Jan 15, 2017

Another memoir in the "I drink/I drank" genre and this one held my interest throughout, compelling me to keep turning the pages. I liked that the author drank well beyond her 20s and far into her 30s as it gave her story legs and depth. Blackout is a satisfying read and I'm happy for its author's now-dry status but relieved that she drank long enough to have amassed many interesting stories to tell.

Jul 16, 2016

Fabulous read. Honest, poignant, funny. Author has an amazing way with words.

Feb 01, 2016

Not my favorite memoir.

Jan 09, 2016

Great book. The writing is so sardonic and biting when Hepola is recalling her years of alcoholism, you can feel the honesty overriding any shame and regret. She never gets preachy or religious about her eventual sobriety, and the book finishes in a tone of genuine reflection.

Her life was scary and hilarious, but the book avoids the me, me, me syndrome of many memoirs about addiction. Fine writing about a horrible story line.

Dec 25, 2015

This is a humorous look at an unfunny subject. I recommend this book for anyone, addictive personality or not.

Sep 30, 2015

This was a good read and as someone else said, I don't think I would have revealed all that this writer did, if for no other reason than her bio says she's taught high school English. Is this someone you'd want teaching your kids? However it did point out how difficult it is to abstain from alcohol when one is addicted and how much our society is love with alcohol.

Sep 13, 2015

Hampton branch

Aug 25, 2015

Very well done memoir. I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it, as I grew up with an alcoholic parent and it left an indelible scar on my life. It's an interesting and honest look at the reality of denial, the difficulty of dealing with an addiction, and of trying to live life well without the aid of alcohol. She admits to things I'd never admit to even under torture if they were my history, but that's what gives this memoir a fresh honesty. While as compelling to read as Mary Karr's memoir, I felt there was more here about the difficulties of experiencing life without alcohol, when you aren't familiar with how to handle even simple events when you're sober.

Jul 29, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. Her honestly about her alcohol addiction was heartfelt and raw. She was painfully honest in the book. Anyone with an addiction of any type will relate to this book.

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