7 Books About Alcoholism & Going Through The Process Of Getting Sober
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7 Books About Alcoholism & Going Through The Process Of Getting Sober

Well, most of our recommendations start with “Somebody asked us to recommend him or her some Books About a topic N all” and trust me, it is true! XYZ (we can’t reveal the name of the user as he has asked us not to) asked us for some Book Recommendations on Instagram that shows the story of getting sober for his friend and thus, we got the idea of writing this recommendation list: “7 Books About Alcoholism & Going Through The Process Of Getting Sober”.

Also, just to let you know that you can ask us for Book Recommendations on any topic on any of our social media platforms or in the comments below, and we will try our best to quench your thirst. 🙂

So, here are the

7 books about alcoholism & going through the process of getting sober



Dry: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

Dry by Augusten Burroughs

Opening Lines: Sometimes when you work in advertising you’ll get a product that’s really garbage and you have to make it seem fantastic, something that is essential to the continued quality of life.

Page Count: 336 pages

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: April 1st, 2004

My Favorite Quote: “Stars should not be seen alone. That’s why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones.” 

I finished this book in one day and I think this might be enough to make you pick this up.

Talking about “What this book contains?”. Well, “Dry” picks up the story of Augusten Burroughs who is an American writer and is best known for his memoir “Running with Scissors”, when he is in his 20s and is a copywriter in New York City (You might have got an idea of this by reading the opening sentence above).

He is a serious drunk and mostly he is late to work with the stink of alcohol. So, once when he missed an opportunity to meet with a client, his boss asked him, either go to rehab or get fired. Well, read the book to see what he decides! 😉

“The fact is I’m not like other people, I’m like other alcoholics.”

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The Shawl
by Cynthia Ozick

The Shawl

Opening Lines: Stella, cold, cold, the coldness of hell.

Page Count: 96 pages

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: August 29th, 1990

My Favorite Quote: “I work from a different theory. For everything, there’s a bad way of describing, also a good way. You pick a good way, you get along better.” 

A short horror story that takes place at Miami Beach during the late 1970s about the Holocaust and a magical shawl, which is stolen. It’s really a dark and sad read but I would give it a full 5 out 5 stars. Also, you can read this book for free, here and for the ones who want this vintage book on their bookshelf, the link is below.

P.S. I haven’t gone off the track from the topic, it does contain alcoholism.

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Drinking: A Love Story
by Caroline Knapp

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Page Count: 304 pages

Publisher: Dial Press

Publication Date: May 12th, 1997

My Favorite Quote: “Meg often slept with me she didn’t want to sleep with: she didn’t know how to say no. More precisely, she didn’t know she was allowed to say no.” 

This very touching memoir of the late Caroline Knapp that describes all the details (highs and lows) of alcoholism and gives you an insight into the damage it causes. Apart from these negative sides of alcoholism, the author has written about the misconceptions of the image of an alcoholic that we have in our mind and trust me, when I say that you’re really gonna connect to all the details if you ever had a hangover.

It’s the best book you can ever read on addiction!!!

A text from the book:

My mother understood that drinking was more dangerous [than smoking] and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future. It could eat its way through my life in exactly the same way physical cancer eats its way through bones and blood and tissue, destroying everything.

“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.” 

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A Drinking Life: A Memoir
by Pete Hamill

A Drinking Life: A Memoir by Pete Hamill

Opening Lines: AT THE BEGINNING of my remembering, I am four years old and we are living on the top floor of a brick building on a leafy street in Brooklyn, a half block from Prospect Park.

Page Count: 280 pages

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Publication Date: April 1st, 1995

My Favorite Quote: “I would understand later that baseball was what truly made him an American: the sports pages were more crucial documents than the Constitution.” 

This is a fascinating autobiography or I should say, a frank look at the life of Pete Hamill, a journalist, and writer from Brooklyn, New York who grew up during the war in an alcoholic household.

It’s really enjoyable and makes you think about many aspects of your life. A no-doubt, page-turner!

“Maybe words, like potions, were also capable of magic.” 

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The Alcoholic
by Jonathan Ames, Dean Haspiel

The Alcoholic  by Jonathan Ames, Dean Haspiel

Opening Lines: My name is Jonathan A. I’m an alcoholic.

Page Count: 144 pages

Publisher: Berger Books

Publication Date: September 30th, 2008

My Favorite Quote: I hid my underwear beneath a parked Peugeot.” 

Finally, a graphic novel on alcoholism. Well, not just alcoholism it’s a novel that deals with alcoholism, homosexuality, drugs and a little transsexualism.

P.S. It’s definitely for adults.

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A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey

A Million Little Pieces | 7 books about alcoholism & going through the process of getting sober

Opening Lines: I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin.

Page Count: 528 pages

Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton

Publication Date: September 22nd, 2005

My Favorite Quote: “Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work. ” 

This might turn out to be one of the best recovery books you have ever read though you might also feel like it’s a bit exaggerated and the fact is that Frey agreed that it is made up, though not all the stuff but some pretty big details.

Also, this book blew up a few years back for being fiction misrepresented as nonfiction because of some of the more far-out bits like dental surgery without any anesthesia but eventually, it got played off as some sort of misunderstanding.

“Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don’t think you can, hold on.” 

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Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book
by Aa Services 

Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book |

Page Count: 559 pages

Publisher: AA World Services, Inc.

Publication Date: January 31st, 2001

At last of the “7 Books About Alcoholism & Going Through The Process Of Getting Sober” recommendation list, here is some new, powerful and inspiring personal stories and only one thing to say, THIS IS A MUST READ if you’re trying to get sober from alcoholism!!!

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