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 ab...

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Title:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Author:Leslie Jamison
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Reviews

  • Oriana
    Apr 17, 2018
    This here is 500+ pages of the incredible Leslie Jamison "reinventing the recovery memoir." I have the unbelievably luxurious privilege of not being an addict, never really having even brushed up against addiction, so I can't fully account for how deeply moving I find recovery ...
  • Diane
    Sep 01, 2018
    This is the best description of alcoholism that I have ever read. I like to joke that I have "an addiction to addiction memoirs," but despite having read a lot of such works, Leslie Jamison managed to surprise me with her marvelous book The Recovering. Part personal story and part r...
  • Melissa
    Jul 17, 2018
    "Dave said he trusted my judgement: If I thought I had to stop, I should stop. But he was careful not to tell me what to do, and I read this care as a sign that I wasn't a real alcoholic. This was a relief. It meant I would be able to start drinking again, maybe after a few weeks, with...
  • lp
    Aug 12, 2017
    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...
  • Elyse
    Jul 11, 2018
    Audiobook....read by the author Leslie Jamison. ( I liked Leslie?s voice & I?m guessing the physical book would be useful to own for some readers) First off ... I?m not an alcoholic. I don?t even drink. But.... maybe if I did I?d look as gorgeous as author Leslie Jami...
  • Sarah
    Apr 08, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Hannah Garden
    May 26, 2018
    Mommas, don?t let your dissertations grow up to be memoirs. _______ I just spent most of the afternoon writing a review of this that Goodreads did not save, so please excuse me while I go rip up some trees by their roots. ...
  • 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...
  • Julie Christine
    Aug 05, 2018
    My feelings about Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath are sprawling and messy, deeply personal and intensely curious, just like this book. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't wait for it to end so I could begin breathing again. I read it in search of answ...
  • Maxwell
    Jun 29, 2018
    [4.5 stars] This is such an important book and one that meant a lot to me for various reasons. I appreciate Jamison's candidness?she's very, very open in this book which can be difficult to read. But it's an admirable and accomplished analysis of addiction. It's so much more than a ...
  • Thomas
    May 03, 2018
    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
    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,...
  • Riva Sciuto
    Apr 18, 2018
    "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...
  • Ella
    Jun 08, 2018
    I normally stay far away from recovery memoirs, having lived one myself and heard thousands more through the years. This book, though, promised to turn "the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the tra...
  • Victoria
    Apr 21, 2018
    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 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
    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...
  • Corey
    Sep 19, 2018
    4,5 STARS As someone who has read his fair share of addiction memoirs, I can confidently say that I've never read one like this before. THE RECOVERING does hit on the usual conventions of the genre--messy relationships, various "bottoms," relapse, recovery, the struggle with the rel...
  • Amy
    Oct 18, 2018
    I feel like I say this everything I'm not blown away by a memoir.. BUT I just hate reviewing memoirs. Its so stressful. I always fee like I'm saying "I'm not a fan of this woman's life." And that's just... not accurate. I'm just not a fan of this story. This was one that I just ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Aug 15, 2018
    I should start by confessing my love of addiction memoirs. I read so many each year and am completely drawn to them. At this point I did not think it possible that anything could be added to the genre. But little did I know Leslie Jamison was working on this truly extraordinary book wi...
  • Gabriella
    Jan 03, 2018
    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
    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 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...
  • Haley
    Dec 29, 2017
    As some of you know, this year I have been attempting audiobooks. So far this has been a mixed experience (see my review of Blood & Beauty), but I think I have finally discovered a book that works better in an audio form: Leslie Jamison's The Recovering. If I were reading this ...
  • Michael
    Sep 01, 2018
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. Astute and empathetic, Leslie Jamison reinvents the traditional recovery memoir in an attempt to challenge the dominant understanding of addiction as an apolitical and private experience. Jamison juxta...
  • Monika
    Apr 30, 2018
    This was a bit of a mess. A beautifully written and insightful mess, but a mess nonetheless. ...
  • Daniel Dao
    Apr 14, 2018
    So. Good. This book has caused me to reconsider everything I?ve read and go on some rampant review path. ...
  • Lee
    Apr 13, 2018
    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
    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...