A Drinking Life: A Memoir (Google eBook)
As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.
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Review: A Drinking Life: A MemoirUser Review - Mike - Goodreads
Many would likely not think this a five star book, but with its Irish Catholic emphasis, descriptive writing of 1940's and 1950's New York City, the artistic bent, and the drinking culture, I found it ... Read full review
Review: A Drinking Life: A MemoirUser Review - Brian - Goodreads
I'd never read anything by Pete Hamill before. Darla had gotten this and I decided to read it. GREAT story - what a life. A little over the top at times....actually, a LOT over the top - to the point of "really? this really happened?"...but a very enjoyable read. Read full review