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Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. 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 best-selling 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. 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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By Alixandra Hice on 01-12-15
A not very lovely story that I love anyway.
Jowita Bydlowska has crafted a heart-wrenching, up close, and personal portrait of the ugliness and helplessness of addiction. I related so closely to her struggles and self-loathing... why, I do not know. Maybe because her book reflects so vividly on the human condition and all its frailties and inconsistencies. Perhaps one doesn't need to be in the personal throes of addiction to still respect it and it's curiosities.
I am upset by negative reviews of Drunk Mom because I can't understand how anyone could read this book and not feel compassion for and celebrate the raw difficult truthfulness that Jowita successfully captured and shared with us. The book is not only a beautiful and bravely written memoire, but also a sober cautionary tale of how easy it is to sink. Thank you, Jowita, for your book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Tina Fleetwood on 01-14-15
What made the experience of listening to Drunk Mom the most enjoyable?
Like watching a train wreck. It was obvious that she was heading for disaster but I had to watch it unfold.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The heroine and author. She is brutally honest about her shortcomings and, ultimately, her comeback.
Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?
The author and her baby.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A train wreck.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this listen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful