I’m a sucker for a great true story – particularly about women who have had an issue with alcohol abuse. They are often raw, real and hilarious. I want to hug these women and profusely thank them for being brave enough to tell everyone about it. You are my heroes for being so vulnerable and real.
Here are some of great memoirs about women and their struggle with alcohol abuse. They are strong, real and very witty.
Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery by Dana Bowman: This woman is one of my heroes. Her story about marriage, alcohol, and raising toddlers while newly sober is both hilarious and totally relatable. I’m pretty convinced she’s my alcohol spirit animal. I’ve read it three times and love it just as much with each reading. I have a huge fan girl crush on Dana and would love to have lunch with her. I imagine lots and lots of laughing. She’s also got a new book coming out in the Fall — I can’t wait!
The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living by Clare Pooley. Clare is a great writer and really funny. She’s English and I was transported to various pubs and shenanigans when I read her story. That said, her experience is as familiar as Dana’s and any American woman. Love her and her blog as well. A great resource – and be sure to look up her Ted Talk.
Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction by Claudia Christian. Claudia is a Hollywood actress, having starred in Babylon 5 and several other shows including Dallas. Her Ted Talk is spectacular! What a life she’s led. She’s had success with treating her alcohol use disorder using the Sinclair Method and is also a woman with whom I’d love to have lunch. One smart cookie!
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life and Love Warrior, A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melon. Glennon’s story and life is really interesting. I enjoyed Carry On, Warrior a great deal – although we don’t seem to have much in common, her writing and story is highly relatable. I feel for Glennon and think that many will resonate with her story and what she’s done with her life. I am still floored when I reflect upon her finding out that she’s pregnant for the first time. A truly strong woman of faith.
Do you have a favorite memoir? Could be about anything as I LOVE biographies and true stories. Let me know; I’m always looking for a great read. If you’re one who’s feeling vulnerable about your alcohol use, you’re not alone!