The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

By the New York Times bestselling author of THE EMPATHY EXAMS, an exploration of addiction, and the stories we tell about it, that reinvents the traditional recovery memoir. With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on By the New York Times bestselling author of THE EMPATHY EXAMS, an exploration of addiction, and the stories we tell abou...

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Title:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Author:Leslie Jamison
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Number of Pages:544 pages pages

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Reviews

  • Oriana
    Apr 17, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

  • lp
    Aug 12, 2017

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

  • Sarah
    Apr 08, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

  • jeremy
    Dec 11, 2017

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

  • Mehrsa
    Apr 26, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

  • Roxane
    Apr 18, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

  • Jennifer
    May 04, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

    I loved this book. Five stars. It'll be among my favorites for this year, I'm sure. It?s very long, so that might stop some readers--though it warrants its length. Part literary criticism (really loved), part addiction ?theory? or journalism, and part personal story, the reade...

    Unlike many of y?all, I have made it this far in my life without ever reading The Empathy Exams: Essays, so this is my first encounter with Leslie Jamison?s work. The Recovering is a meandering co-exploration of Jamison?s struggles with alcohol addiction and the struggles of othe...

    Compelling narrative about sobriety and its influence on creativity. The author weaves her own story about alcoholism with literary criticism, sociological studies, and anecdotes from AA. Leslie Jamison read the audiobook, and she was a really good speaker. I thought that it was a bit ...

  • Cynthia
    Apr 28, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

    I loved this book. Five stars. It'll be among my favorites for this year, I'm sure. It?s very long, so that might stop some readers--though it warrants its length. Part literary criticism (really loved), part addiction ?theory? or journalism, and part personal story, the reade...

    Unlike many of y?all, I have made it this far in my life without ever reading The Empathy Exams: Essays, so this is my first encounter with Leslie Jamison?s work. The Recovering is a meandering co-exploration of Jamison?s struggles with alcohol addiction and the struggles of othe...

    Compelling narrative about sobriety and its influence on creativity. The author weaves her own story about alcoholism with literary criticism, sociological studies, and anecdotes from AA. Leslie Jamison read the audiobook, and she was a really good speaker. I thought that it was a bit ...

    Facts: -I think I would like Leslie Jamison very, very much if we met. -Her books are not for me. -I am so glad she exists and is writing. I love what she writes about, and think she is laser-sharp. Her particular authorial voice is not to my taste. ...

    Not sure why I read this book, except that there is press for it everywhere. It swings between Jamison's memoir of her alcoholism and her recovery and stories of (male, except for Jean Rhys) writers who were also drunks. She is trying, I believe, to tease out the connection between tho...

  • Thomas
    May 03, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

  • Canadian Reader
    Apr 11, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

  • Jamie
    Nov 24, 2017

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

  • Riva Sciuto
    Apr 18, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

  • Jennifer Spiegel
    Apr 24, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

    I loved this book. Five stars. It'll be among my favorites for this year, I'm sure. It?s very long, so that might stop some readers--though it warrants its length. Part literary criticism (really loved), part addiction ?theory? or journalism, and part personal story, the reade...

  • Katie
    Mar 23, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

    I loved this book. Five stars. It'll be among my favorites for this year, I'm sure. It?s very long, so that might stop some readers--though it warrants its length. Part literary criticism (really loved), part addiction ?theory? or journalism, and part personal story, the reade...

    Unlike many of y?all, I have made it this far in my life without ever reading The Empathy Exams: Essays, so this is my first encounter with Leslie Jamison?s work. The Recovering is a meandering co-exploration of Jamison?s struggles with alcohol addiction and the struggles of othe...

    Compelling narrative about sobriety and its influence on creativity. The author weaves her own story about alcoholism with literary criticism, sociological studies, and anecdotes from AA. Leslie Jamison read the audiobook, and she was a really good speaker. I thought that it was a bit ...

    Facts: -I think I would like Leslie Jamison very, very much if we met. -Her books are not for me. -I am so glad she exists and is writing. I love what she writes about, and think she is laser-sharp. Her particular authorial voice is not to my taste. ...

  • Ann
    Apr 08, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

  • Victoria
    Apr 21, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

  • Sarah
    May 24, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

  • Leo Robertson
    May 16, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

  • Jeimy
    Apr 22, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

  • Kat Saunders
    May 17, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

  • Casey
    Apr 23, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

  • Gabriella
    Jan 03, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

    I loved this book. Five stars. It'll be among my favorites for this year, I'm sure. It?s very long, so that might stop some readers--though it warrants its length. Part literary criticism (really loved), part addiction ?theory? or journalism, and part personal story, the reade...

    Unlike many of y?all, I have made it this far in my life without ever reading The Empathy Exams: Essays, so this is my first encounter with Leslie Jamison?s work. The Recovering is a meandering co-exploration of Jamison?s struggles with alcohol addiction and the struggles of othe...

  • Lissa
    Mar 27, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

  • Alaina
    Apr 06, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

  • Adam Lowy
    Apr 09, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

  • Monika
    Apr 30, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

    It?s wonderful that self-identifying as an addict has helped Ms. Jamison, by allowing her to write this popular memoir and possibly by organizing her life. I am a community psychiatrist who has treated for over the past twenty years , many who have suffered tremendous losses from the...

    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...

  • Daniel Dao
    Apr 14, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

  • Geoffrey McPhail
    Apr 23, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...

    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...

    Excellent writing about a difficult subject to make interesting: an upper middle class white girl with no real problems discovers that heavy boozing is fun, addictive, and potentially makes her more interesting as a person and as a writer. Her story was fascinating and well-told. I'll ...

    Sprawling, ambitious, intimate & universal. I enjoyed Leslie Jamison's collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, but my biggest complaint about that book was that I felt like Jamison's narrative persona was withholding personal information to the point of distraction. Here, Jamison ...

    "When you're hungry for wisdom, it's everywhere." *** As a big fan of 'The Empathy Exams,' I was eager to read Leslie Jamison's new memoir. Sadly, though, 'The Recovering' didn't resonate with me nearly as much as I had hoped. While she acknowledges the universality of her strugg...

    I was in the middle of this book when I read a few critical reviews of it as being bloated and self-indulgent and privileged etc. I liked it a lot. I have no personal issues with drugs or alcohol or addiction to them, but Jamison's book is not just about getting drunk and going to AA. ...

    So you're telling me I get to read 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir"?? ...

    I've been wanting to read Leslie Jamison's THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH ever since I've heard about its release. I requested the ARC through Netgalley and was thrilled that I was approved to read the advanced review copy. But, life happened and I wasn't able to read i...

    I feel super conflicted about my reading experience with this one. I was so captivated by the first third--like with all of Empathy Exams, I just wanted to bury my face and soak in Jamison's ideas and connections. By the middle of the book, I'd lost the thread and had to force myself t...

    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers. ...

    This book is VERY overdue at the library. I thought I would never finish it. I read this because the author is an incandescent writer who enraged me to no end in her first book of essays, The Empathy Exams. There were a lot of shady reviews of this book but I have to say I?m happy fo...

    Super heavy and a pretty long read, but I appreciate Leslie Jamison and this book so much. I ended up skimming toward the middle and just read her personal bits of getting sober. There was only so much drunk writer stuff I could take (I realize what a flippant comment that is, btw). I ...

    A personal look at one woman?s relationship with controlled substances. It explores the allure and mystique of alcohol not only through her story, but that of famous authors and her fellow AA members. ...

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction of any kind (but especially if it's alcohol), then this book should be essential reading. I legitimately don't think I've ever identified with any book more than this one. The binge drinking. The secret drinking. The just...

  • Lee
    Apr 13, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

  • Truman32
    Apr 25, 2018

    This was an interesting book, and one I enjoyed. It is a memoir of the author?s addiction and coming to sobriety alongside a cultural history of writers and addiction. The breath of Jamison?s knowledge on this subject is impressive if, at times, overwhelming. She lovingly details s...

    3.5 stars Let me start by sharing that I consider Leslie Jamison a brilliant, brilliant writer. The Recovering is an intelligent, thorough book about addiction that includes cultural history, literary criticism, journalistic reportage, and memoir. Jamison asks thought-provoking ques...

    When Leslie Jamison was nine and her father was forty-nine, she asked him why people drank. That day he told her that drinking was dangerous. It wasn?t dangerous for everyone, he said, ?but it was dangerous for us.? Two close relatives were alcoholics?his father and his sister,...

    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction a...

    I'm a recovering addict who was looking forward to this book, but found it infuriating, exploitative,narcissistic, and bougie. While Jamison's writing is lyrical, descriptive, and beautiful; her story lacks credibility. She insists that she wants to write a different kind of recovery s...

    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others?regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Eve...

    Jamison acknowledges that recovery stories are nothing new, really?but worth bearing witness to in their sameness. Certainly I always enjoy reading the myriad ways that people muck up their lives with substances or whatever it is they choose to abuse. (Because we all do it to some ex...

    This is one of the most beautiful and compelling and true books I can remember reading. So full of insights and glistening wisdom that I found myself underlining for the first time in years. Read this if you ever felt there was a ?leak sprung inside [you].? Read this if you have...

    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer?s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whethe...

    Leslie Jamison?s captivating and exceptionally written book, The Recovering, is part addiction memoir and part rumination on the impact addiction plays on creating art. It?s a hybrid like a Cockapoo, or Taco Bell?s French Toast Chalupa. In between retellings of sneaking drinks an...