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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its…

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2019)

av Leslie Jamison (Författare)

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Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
Titel:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Författare:Leslie Jamison (Författare)
Info:Back Bay Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 544 pages


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath av Leslie Jamison (2018)


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One of the best books I've ever read about addiction, tying together the author's own story and that of addiction literature, about how much of recovery is telling your story and the privilege associated with having room to tell it. Belongs next to any great alcoholism book you can name. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
I love Jamison's writing, and compared with The Empathy Exams, it was interesting to understand the process below the surface and how much she tortures herself to craft such creative language. I think she succeeded in her efforts to write a book about recovery that's not just focused on the drama of the crash, but instead the more subtle experience of cleaning up and moving on afterward. Her examples were well chosen but it did feel pretty academic at times, and I found myself feeling impatient waiting for her to get back to the story of her own personal life and writing. I also thought it was a little strange that she ended the book with Infinite Jest as it doesn't feel like the most positive example, particularly since she tied her stories so closely to those of other writers who struggled with substance abuse. Overall I recommend this book to anyone who's known anyone with a substance abuse issue and anyone who loves those famously drunk writers, too. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
This book is full of wonderful contradictions. It is fan fiction for addicts but also a first rate primer for everyone else. It is very personal story yet almost encyclopedic in its survey of the history of the treatment of addiction. It covers addiction in literature and the literature of addiction with equal respect and deftness. It is political, personal, depressing, whimsical.

For the audio, Jamison does a great job as narrator, never hitting a false note. I couldn't imaging anyone else reading it. Her prose had me backing up the recording and re-listening several times. She observes that every addiction/recovery story is the same. But few are as well told as hers. That is the source of the the biggest contradiction: here is a book about pain that is also intensely pleasurable. ( )
  byebyelibrary | Feb 28, 2019 |
The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison at first glance is remarkably similar to my last post and in retrospect I probably shouldn't have read them back-to-back. (If for no other reason, than my own mental health.) In my defense, my library holds always seem to come all at once so this was just coincidental. This book. however, is more memoir than anything else…although I'd also lump it into the literary commentary category. The author takes an almost journalistic look at addiction and recovery. While Jamison does discuss the 12 Steps, she emphasizes that most need more than the 12 Steps which promotes complete abstinence in order to recover. Medication and counseling in combination with a recovery program that advises group meetings is essential to long-term sobriety. She talks in-depth about her own recovery journey and how it doesn't always end neatly with full sobriety or even one linear line to sobriety as relapses will and do occur. The first part, in truth, focuses quite heavily on "drunk writers" using alcohol as a creative crutch and how Jamison herself felt that without booze she would not be interesting enough or creative enough to write. Along with that was her preoccupation with love helped along by an addict's natural self-centeredness. It is this inflated self-centered attitude which Jamison believes is the fuel for an addict. The addiction narrative is unchanging and that's the point. It doesn't need to be new and interesting (not necessary or even possible really) because it's the sharing with others that makes all the difference when all anyone wants is to not feel alone. Maybe because I read this on the heels of Russell's book or maybe because it didn't necessarily reveal anything new to me but this was only an okay book in my opinion. If this was the very first book someone had read on this subject then I believe it would be deemed excellent but for anyone who has read extensively in this vein it didn't really cover any new ground. 5/10

That isn't to say there weren't some interesting quotes. Here are two that jumped out at me:

Most addicts don't live in barren white cages - though some do once they've been incarcerated - but many live in worlds defined by stress of all kinds, financial and social and structural: the burdens of institutional racism and economic inequality, the absence of a living wage. - pg 154

Most addicts describe drinking or using as filling a lack…you drunk to fill the lack, but the drinking only deepens it. - pg 155 ( )
  AliceaP | Sep 28, 2018 |
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway! #GoodreadsGiveaway ( )
  tenamouse67 | Jul 21, 2018 |
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