Drinking Diaries: it’s a book give away

by singlemomseeking on November 12, 2012


If you are a woman who drinks alcohol, Drinking Diaries will speak to you. Yes, it sounds like a book about alcoholism. And some writers do delve thoughtfully into this struggle.

But this book is so much more. It’s about loving the taste of wine. It’s about almost getting a DUI. It’s about abstaining from alcohol when your husband drinks. In short, this anthology is about women’s relationships with alcohol. Honest and vulnerable.

Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg asked women to discuss the nature of their relationship with drinking. In a great review in The New Yorker about a recent Drinking Diaries book reading, Betsy Morais writes: “As each author took her turn, everyone in the room was quiet and sombre, holding their plastic cups down in their laps. Nobody dared to take a sip.”

As I read the book, I thought about why I was having a glass of wine with dinner. Having alcoholism in my family, and having been in a relationship an alcoholic, this book really resonated with me.

My favorite essays were all written by mothers, such as:

I LOVED how raw Becky Sherrick Harks, aka “Aunt Becky” at Mommy Wants Vodka, wrote about her best friend, Stef, “a love child born into a blended family” who was bipolar. “My own mother is both bipolar and an alcoholic, and hearing that my friend was suffering the same way broke my heart.”

Ann Leary tells us how she slipped back into alcoholism. Joyce Maynard describes getting pulled over by a cop after drinking. Other well-known writers in the anthology: Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams.

If you’ve grown up in an alcoholic home, or ever been in a relationship with an alcoholic, some of the essays might make you teary. At least a few stories will have you nodding your head. Oh yeah, I’ve been there.

Seal Press is giving away two copies of Drinking Diaries. All you need to do is leave a comment.


I’ll choose the winners by Random.org. Contest ends December 1st at midnight PST

P.S. If you’re in the Bay Area… There’s a Drinking Diaries reading on Sunday, December 2nd at 7 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA

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Rachel Leon November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I love everything I’ve read that was put out by Seal Press. Their books rock. This one sounds really good too. I’ve had such an evolving relationship with alcohol myself: on again, off again, times that I avoid it, times I binge drink, times I can find a balance. (Ah, moderation, how I love you, but you can be such a slippery slope!) These days I tend to just avoid it all together, it’s easier that way. Though of course doing so doesn’t make the problem go away when your friends do it, when your lover does. In fact your abstinence can just make your relationships with other people (who may or may not have a problem with alcohol) much more complicated. Yes, I may be rambling, but it’s a topic of interest to me. And Elissa Schappell is a contributor? I LOVE her! Oh how I would love to win a copy of this book!!!!!


Patty November 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Would love to have this to give to my neighbor.


Paula November 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I’ve grown up around alcohol my whole life. I remember hating my dad for driving us home while drunk and wondering why he was never caught and punished. Now as i partake and yes – enjoy it, I struggle to make sure that I am nothing like him, sometimes it is hard but well worth the effort.


Jenny November 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Would LOVE, LOVE to read this! Great authors!! Thanks!


Mary Lynne November 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Would love to read this!


Dawn November 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I grew up in a family full of alcoholics and have flirted with it myself. Now, as the manager of a chain of liquor stores, I can see the good and the bad. I would love to read this for the additional perspective. (And the great authors, too!)


Ryan November 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have been both, growing up in that house, and choosing that person for my partner. I would love to read this!


Susan C. November 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

Would love to read this book!


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