Whether you drink it or not, alcohol is likely a potent part of your life: our culture is saturated in it. Ask any woman you know to tell you a drinking story, and she'll come up with one in fact, she may even come up with five. With friends and with coworkers, at date night and at ladies' night, and on special occasions ranging from Valentine's Day to the Super Bowl, we encounter alcohol yet when it comes to discussing the nature of our relationship with drinking, few of us do so honestly and openly.
In Drinking Diaries, editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg take women's drinking stories out of the closet and into the light. Whether it's shame, sober sex, and relapsing, or college drinking, bonding, and comparing the benefits of pot vs. booze, no topic related to alcohol is off limits in this illuminating anthology. With contributions from celebrated writers including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, Drinking Diaries is a candid look at the pleasures and pains of drinking, and the many ways in which it touches women's lives.
We all come into contact with alcohol every day. For many it's a fun distraction but for many more alcohol holds a powerful sway over their life. In this collection of candid and true stories, editor Leah Odze Epstein has assembled a varied and entertaining collection of firsthand accounts of women's experience with alcohol. Anna Lathrop performs this collection with aplomb. She captures the voices of this diverse group of women with surprising ease, relating the whole spectrum of emotions: sadness, joy, disappointment, and humor.
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One for the Road
You will never want to drink a margarita again
This book focused on the negative impacts of drinking. There are no tales here about mint juleps with friends, and Margarita Monday's in college. If drinking isn't for you or maybe you just want to drink less- this book will reaffirm that idea.
The one star is a little harsh. Some of these short stories are well written and interesting but they did not make up for more than half of them being boring and depressing.