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on 20 April 2004
A brilliant first hand description of what it is to be like to be afunctional alcoholic, someone who has a good job, a home, a boyfriend, and on the surface a perfectly normal and respectable life.
Caroline Knapp tells everything just the way it was, from the perspectiveof several years spent in Alcoholics Anonymous, sparing no embarrassing details of what happened along the way. Her aim is clearly to try and helpothers with her story, which is far more common (at around 10% of the population) than most people's impressions of what an alcoholic is ordoes. She doesn't try and glamorise her drinking, and the book is sobrutally honest that I felt I almost knew her by the end of it!
Sadly a few years after writing the book the author died from another addiction (lung cancer as a result of smoking), which make her mother's final words on her death bed to Caroline (as revealed in the book) particularly prophetic.