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Drunk Mom: A Memoir

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But on the other, she was drunk, which I know now means that the forgetting was a symptom, not the reason: She forgot because she was drunk, not because she disliked me. The phone rings, and I almost answer and consider asking my boyfriend if he could tell me where we are.

Instead, this book is fresh within the context of a parenting memoir, one of a particular kind: A counterculture parenting memoir. She addresses topics such as the correlation between trauma and addiction, the importance of radical honesty, letting go of the illusion of control, the value of community, a reminder that healing is a continual process, and that the process is a gift. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. The drawers are in it, I think; in this flashback I see myself pushing them back inside the dresser’s mouth once, twice, again.A hair-raising stint in "The Mental Marriott" awakens her to the possibility of joy, and leads her to an unlikely faith. m. never happens because I’ve been partying all night long — the reasons are usually much more prosaic: the kid is sick and stays up all night, or the kid gets up too early. While the title suggests a simple autobiographical autopsy of motherhood marred by alcoholism, Bydlowska's memoir delivers far more—a human portrait of the disease. Truth about Neighbours star Troy Beckwith's death at age 48 as family announce there will be no funeral: 'He fought a tough battle.

He tried to convince her that she had a problem but Mum always thought AA was for drunks - not for the likes of her. I originally quit drinking with that sort of dogmatic thinking, believing the onus of my sobriety was on how well I did or didn’t follow the program, or the story I told about myself. This was an emotionally heavy book with the potential for deep self-reflection and it was terrifying. Maybe because her book reflects so vividly on the human condition and all its frailties and inconsistencies.

I’d started drinking again that year, resorting to the only coping mechanism I had, unable to handle the multiple, devastating betrayals that led to my husband and I separating (my subsequent drinking didn’t help). Drunk Mom is a rarity in this age of constant overshares--a work that had me questioning, "Does she want us to know this? She tells me she's proud of her book, and we look at each other, offering the polite smiles that often come with the professional game of intimacy that an interview is. He was fatherless, and his adored mother wasn’t always around; once, as a child, he spied her at a family funeral accompanied by a prison guard. A compelling, raw look at her struggle with alcoholism, the addiction that swallowed [Bydlowska] after the birth of her son.

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