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 onBy 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 its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do, and what happens when they fail us.All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Raymond Carver, Billie Holiday, David Foster Wallace, and Denis Johnson, as well as brilliant figures lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here.For the power of her striking language and the sharpness of her piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag. Yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come....
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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Reviews
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 and recovery. with her own personal tale of alcoholism, relapse, and ultimate recovery as narrative anchor, jamison explores the lives of fellow writers for whom addiction was a constant battle (carver, berryman, rhys, etc.), reports on the long history of addiction treatment (especially alcoholics anonymous), and considers a culture increasingly encumbered by addiction (and its pervasive, devastating consequences).as evidenced in her wonderful essay collection, the empathy exams, jamison's writing is frequently breathtaking to behold. her gifted prose coupled with curiosity, reflection, and a deep humanity lend the recovering an emotionality both resonant and affecting. jamison's personal struggles are often difficult (and sad) to read about from a remove, though she lays bare head and heart alike in contending with her alcoholism and all it had wrought. wrenching at times, the recovering is a sobering account of addiction – and jamison's bravery in so eloquently, so disarmingly relating her tale within the context of so many other battles (whether won or lost) renders her memoir humbling and unforgettable.but this was something that kept happening in sobriety, understanding that everyone—your boss, your bank teller, your baker, even your partner—was waking up every fucking day and dealing with shit you couldn't even imagine.
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. Everyone can relate because it asks the question: why do we desire things that are so destructive?
Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers.
As stated by Jamison in The Recovering, the only thing more cliche than the term "recovery memoir" is a blurb stating a book is "not the average recovery memoir." However, The Recovering may be an exemption, because it is as much memoir as it is a history of alcoholism, both in romanticized authors and ordinary people. Jamison's honesty is brutal, and her research seamlessly blends with anecdotes from AA and recollections from her relationship with addiction. It goes without saying that Jamison's exploration into the seeming underwhelming world of sobriety is far from average.
Really a beautiful and thoughtful book, that combines a writer's memoir with a history of addiction and how it's perceived (and treated). It might seem hard to balance those two narratives, Jamison's own with that of the whole world of intoxication, addiction, and recovery, but she does so pretty masterfully, and it's a joy to read the entire time.
This book is so beautiful. Beautiful memoir, thoughtful investigation of the writing and lives of drinking and sober writers, and something more at the intersection of the two.
There were times in the beginning of Jamison's memoir where I felt like I was getting way too much information about her romantic relationships, and then, as the memoir progressed, I realized how attached she was both to these men and booze and understood the dependency connection. I've never read better comments about "The Infinite Jest" as I did in this book. Damn, I should have read 50 pages a day with a highlighter in hand. Instead, at times, I had reading blackouts, wondering if I had read the pages I just turned . The anecdotes of other writers and musicians and their recovery, or lack of recovery, were intriguing also. Reading on a Kindle, when I did reach the end, I was surprised, partly because we see that percentage of how far along we are, and partly, because eve though she mentions how she's writing this book not just for herself, but for her friends from AA, when we finally did reach the end, the end seemed abrupt. Then again, it also felt like this book is hot off the press, and not much real time has lapsed since that final chapter. The immediacy is incredibly compelling. Impressive memoir!