Drinking: A Love Story
When a friend lent me a stack of books a few months ago I skimmed through the titles and quickly relegated this one to the bottom of the pile, its title and subject matter conjuring up images of spiritually reborn Americans admitting they had a drinking problem and subsequently learning to love themselves and others in true Ricki Lake style.
When eventually I ran out of other reading matter and picked this up I did so with extremely low expectations and a lot of cynicism. This lasted all of 10 pages, by which point I realised I was reading a very intelligent and honest account of alcohol misuse by a woman whose story challenges readers' ideas about what kind of people become alcoholics.
Caroline Knapp tells of her personal slide into alcohol dependency. Sparing no gory details, she examines the start of her alcohol related behaviour in her socially awkward