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The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath / Leslie Jamison.

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North Bay Public Library 616.8603 Jam 33874005058473 Adult - Non-Fiction Checked out 08/20/2018

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  • ISBN: 9780316259613 (hc.)
  • Physical Description: 534 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-520) and index.
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Wonder -- Abandon -- Blame -- Lack -- Shame -- Surrender -- Thirst -- Return -- Confession -- Humbling -- Chorus -- Salvage -- Reckoning -- Homecoming.
Summary, etc.:
Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
"A transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction. In a blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, this book turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction - both her own and others' - and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, 'broken spigots of need.' It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience - the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are. With empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large. Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams and the novel The Gin Closet. She is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and she teaches at Columbia University. Visit her website at LeslieJamison.com"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Alcoholics > Rehabilitation.
Addicts > Rehabilitation.
Recovering alcoholics > Biography.
Recovering addicts > Biography.
Women journalists > United States > Biography
Women novelists > United States > Biography
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