Parched: A Memoir

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Berkley #ad - One woman’s journey to the bottom of the bottle—and back. Spanning a decades-long downward spiral, king’s harrowing story takes us from a small-town New England childhood to hitchhiking across the country to a cockroach-ridden “artist’s” loft in Boston. Saved by her family from the abyss, and profound though she may have been, King finally realized that uniquely poetic, sensitive, she was also a big-time mess.

Parched: A Memoir #ad - In this tragicomic memoir about alcoholism as spiritual thirst, lawyer, Heather King—writer, and National Public Radio commentator—describes her descent into the depths of addiction. Waitressing at ever-shabbier restaurants, deriving what sustenance she could from books, she became a morning regular at a wet-brain-drunks’ bar—and that was after graduating from law school.

Casting her lot with the rest of humanity at last, that personal pain leads to compassion for others in pain, she learned that suffering leads to redemption, above all, and, that a sense of humor really, really helps.

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Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God, Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding

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Penguin Books #ad - Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God, Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding #ad - An unforgettable, fervent, darkly funny tale of an ongoing, stumbling conversion, Redeemed will appeal to fans of Lauren Winner's Girl Meets God and Anne Lamott's writing. After decades of living on the edge, marriage, Heather King settled into sobriety, and a financially lucrative but unfulfilling career as an upwardly mobile lawyer.

As someone who had reached middle age "never believing in much of anything, "she found herself in the last place she thought she'd end up: the Catholic Church. King's refreshing sense of humor, mesmerizing voice, and piercing honesty will touch readers whatever their beliefs.

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Ravished: Notes on Womanhood

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Bowker #ad - Their bodies and blood. These essays are part of my own body and blood that have been poured out—through a lifetime of romantic anguish, a divorce, three abortions, and since the mid-‘90s, a fervent and ongoing conversion. For any man or woman who feels the same—take this book. I more or less kept silence.

I thought of how dorothy had given up the love of her life, an atheist who objected to the baptism of the child they’d conceived. For more, visit heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs heather-king. Com. It wasn’t exactly like that for me. She laid down her life for the poor, the marginalized, the hungry.

Ravished: Notes on Womanhood #ad - . I walked along the banks of the Tiber, and pondered. She remained celibate for the rest of her life. I thought of how the word “mother” comes from the same root as matter. And eat. I can’t find a place for myself—as a woman, as a human being—in contemporary culture. Still, I ate simply. Single, childless, i went in the fall of 2015 to Rome for the Synod on the Family.

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Drinking: A Love Story

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Dial Press Trade Paperback #ad - Caroline knapp dazzles us with her heady description of alcohol's allure and its devastating hold. Los angeles times Book Review“Filled with hard-won wisdom. Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. The beads of moisture on a chilled bottle. Five million of them are women. And it is, a love story for our times—full of passion and heartbreak, above all, betrayal and desire—a triumph over the pain and deception that mark an alcoholic life.

Drinking: A Love Story #ad - Praise for Drinking “Quietly moving. This startlingly honest memoir lays bare the secrecy, family myths, and destructive relationships that go hand in hand with drinking. Drinking is caroline Kapp's harrowing chronicle of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol. Caroline had her first drink at fourteen.

. The way she hid her bottles behind her lover's refrigerator. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion. A perceptive and revealing book.

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Holy Desperation: Praying as If Your Life Depends on It

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Loyola Press #ad - 2018 association of catholic publishers, books about prayer2019 international book awards: finalist in the religion: Christianity category When life has driven you to your knees, 3rd Place: Prayer, 1st Place; Inspirational2018 Catholic Press Association, BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 Association of Catholic Publishers, the only thing that works is prayer.

She reveals how prayer leads us beyond ourselves and into a life of purpose, lived for the good of others. She challenges the assumptions that only the saintly can pray and that prayer ought to be tidy and nice. In holy desperation, heather king demonstrates that, when we're desperate, it's precisely the right time to cry out to God.

Holy Desperation: Praying as If Your Life Depends on It #ad - Ultimately, offering a way forward, come-exactly-as-you-are prayer,  Holy Desperation is an invitation to engage in bold, upward, and outward for anyone desperate enough to cry out for God's help and presence. You are not alone. Great book! Desperation has many faces: the addict who has hit bottom; the laid-off worker struggling to make the next house payment; the person who seems to have it all together but is wracked with fear, guilt, anger, or shame.

We know we need help, but we are afraid to let anyone--especially God--see how broken we truly are. King, a survivor of addiction and other forms of desperation, begins with the basics of how to pray when you're uncertain that God exists or when you feel that you're beyond God's reach.

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Drunk Mom: A Memoir

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Penguin Books #ad - It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked bydlowska’s immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism. In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas,  Drunk Mom is Bydlowska’s account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life—the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking—as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother.

Drunk Mom: A Memoir #ad - An intense, complex and disturbing story, bravely and beautifully told. Great book! . I read drunk mom with my jaw on the floor, which doesn’t happen to me that often. Lena dunhamthree years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale.

This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one’s child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.

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Lit: A Memoir P.S.

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Harper Perennial #ad - Cherry, her account of her adolescence, 'continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal' Entertainment Weekly. Now lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness--and to her astonishing resurrection. Harper Perennial. A hair-raising stint in 'the mental marriott, ' with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith.

But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. The liars' club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr's hardscrabble Texas childhood. Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober, becoming a mother by letting go of a mother, learning to write by learning to live. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide.

Lit: A Memoir P.S. #ad - Not since saint augustine cried, 'Give me chastity, Lord-but not yet!' has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. Written with karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, lacerating humor, and irreverent, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up--as only Mary Karr can tell it.

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Dry: A Memoir

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Picador #ad - But when augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Regular. The tenth anniversary edition of the New York Times bestselling book that has sold over half a million copies in paperback. I was addicted to "Bewitched" as a kid.

Picador USA. Ordinary. At the request well, augusten lands in rehab, it wasn't really a request of his employers, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life―and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true.

Dry: A Memoir #ad - Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power. Harper Perennial. You've seen him on the street, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, in bars, nice suit, on the subway, works in advertising.

But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers.

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Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux

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Paraclete Press #ad - Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux #ad - Thérèse of lisieux—and discovers the radical faith, true love, and abundant life of a cloistered 19th-century French nun. Harper Perennial. In this remarkable memoir, you will see how a convert with a checkered past spends a year reflecting upon St. Picador USA. Great book! If you have not read Heather King before, her honesty may shock you.

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Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir

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SelectBooks #ad - In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. All are on full display as new York lawyer Lisa Smith loses herself in a deep and all-too-human descent into perpetual numbing.

Lisa smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of 'Sex and the Psych Ward. It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down. Jennifer belle, or staging her own semi-intervention, best-selling author of high Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch "Whether she's telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch showing up for her niece's birth and meet her coke dealer, Smith takes us into the mind of someone who's completely in control while being radically out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir #ad - Picador USA. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction. Great book! When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city's clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl walks out of a bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Girl walks out of a Bar A Memoir.

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Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - 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. Mornings became detective work on her own life. But there was a price. Girl walks out of a Bar A Memoir. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.

A new york times bestseller* 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. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. Shining a light into her blackouts, as well as the confidence, intimacy, she discovers the person she buried, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget #ad - Picador USA. Blackout remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Publicly, but as the blackouts accumulated, and her career flourished, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth.

. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return.

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