Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Book - 2015
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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 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: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455554591
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: B HEPOLA, S


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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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