Drunk Mom

  • by Jowita Bydlowska
  • Narrated by Meredith Mitchell
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A best seller in its native Canada, Drunk Mom is a gripping, brutally honest memoir of motherhood in the shadow of alcoholism.
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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If you could sum up Drunk Mom in three words, what would they be?

Buy This Book! For anyone who has ever fought an addiction, loved someone who is an alcoholic/addict or if you've just ever wondered what the heck makes someone drink to the point where they have destroyed their lives, you have to read this book. The story is of a young, nursing mother whose alcoholism slowly progresses, as most addictions inevitably do until her life has become unmanageable. She is not a lover of AA and is quite opinionated about her attempts at recovery and the lengths she will go through to hide her disease. She prides herself on her ability to function and believes herself to be a good mom. A must read for anyone who works in this field, especially CPS. Well written and well narrated.

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- M.A. Wilson


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.

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- Tina Fleetwood "Wife to one, mom to six, lifelong lover of books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.