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Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Wilhelmson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Bronze Star Winner in the Autobiography/Memoir category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends. She could party until dawn and take her children to school the next day. From the outside, she appeared to have it all together. But, in truth, alcohol was slowly taking over, turning her world on its side.

Waking up to another hangover, growing tired of embarrassing herself in front of friends and family, and feeling important moments slip away, Brenda made the most critical decision of her life: to get sober. She kept a diary of her first year (and beyond) in recovery, chronicling the struggles of finding a meeting she could look forward to, relating to her fellow alcoholics, and finding a sponsor with whom she connected. Along the way, she discovered the challenges and pleasures of living each day without alcohol, navigating a social circle where booze is a centerpiece, and dealing with her alcoholic father's terminal illness and denial.

Brenda Wilhelmson's Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife offers insight, wisdom, and relevance for readers in recovery, as well as their loved ones, no matter how long they've been sober.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616490861
  • Publisher: Hazelden (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS02AB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No longer alone 22 Feb 2013
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I identified so much with Brenda's thinking as I myself am a recovering alcoholic. I hear so many people in Alcoholic anonymous meetings saying God has removed the mental obsession for alcohol, this has not been my experience and often after many years sober I am tortured with this obsession. Enjoyed reading this book and no longer feel alone. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 5 Jun 2011
I was given this book as a gift and thought, 'Hmm...this looks interesting.' Little did I know just how interesting it would be - I couldn't put the book down and thought about it constantly. It is a fascinating insight into the life of a recovering alcoholic and, having known people who struggled with alcoholism, it really provided me with an insight into how things might have been for them. Quite apart from that though, it is a great read for anyone interested in the detail of other people's lives. The author describes herself, her friends and family so well that you begin to feel as though you know them. The diary-style makes it easy to read, even if the subject matter is sometimes difficult. Her honesty - even when it reflects badly on herself - makes this a compelling and refreshing read.
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I I found this book pretentious and detached from real society. This woman is not an alcoholic. if you would like to read a true definition of alcoholism as the disease that it is, try reading "Under The Influence" by James Robert Milam. I'm afraid Ms Wilhelmson thinks it's trendy to be an alcoholic.Either that or a good subject for a very simple- to- write diary.

I found it interesting that her husband did not support her efforts, but continued to drink in front of her. Also interesting that most of her friends had the exact same reaction to her sobriety-a quizzical look. Her "friends" at the AA meetings all fit into stereotypes.

This book has no believable characters and no substance. It does nothing to capture the utter shame and despair of alcoholism, because it is not about an alcoholic.

I really don't think this a diary at all. In my opinion, it's a fictional sham to make money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Purrrleeeezzzzz...... 18 Nov 2013
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Once upon a time there was a clique of yummy mummies, who owned a whole bunch of real estate, like luxury homes, beaches houses, log cabins by the lake with their own speed boats etc.etc. They talked to their kids as if they were adults and their husbands as if they were children, and life was one long, sad toil of holidays at said real estate, lobster lunches, dining clubs, children's parties, yoga classes, therapy sessions, shopping, tennis, getting their kids' teachers fired and bitch-fests. Along the way one or two (too many) martini cocktails are sunk to cope with life's travails - like finding your best friend has a NBF - and one of the yummy mummies (the one who thought other people would like to pay for the privilege of reading her tedious diary) decided to join AA. Predictably enough, she has a hard time identifying with America's impoverished, exploited, disenfranchised underclass who makes up the majority of attendees but gets (more or less) sober anyway. She then flaunts her sense of moral superiority over her frenemies by hosting the first alcohol-free book club evening. The End.

Yet again there seems to be no relationship between the price of the Kindle download and the quality of the end product. Evidently the author believes that, like her, we all have more money than sense and don't mind throwing it away on this pile of drivel. If you are interested in recovery literature, I heartily recommend that you give this a miss and instead try the vastly superior `Unwasted' by Sasha Z Scoblic, `Cleaning Up' by Tania Glyde or `Drinking: A Love Story' by the late Caroline Knapp. These authors are true story-tellers.
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