A Drinking Life: A Memoir (Google eBook)

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Dec 14, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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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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Great book, great author and great writing! - Goodreads
Ending is a little abrupt -- but writing is fantastic. - Goodreads
The prose is spare and neat, like his hero. - Goodreads
I just love this guys writing. - Goodreads
Hamill's prose makes it all the more gripping. - Goodreads
He's a great writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rich - Goodreads

One of if not the best book I ever read. Hamill describes his relationships in great detail. Read full review

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User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

This book just bored me. It was a reasonably well written autobiography on Pete Hamill an individual I knew nothing about when I started the book and by the end felt like I really didn't want to know ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His books include the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life and the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, and North River. His new novel, Tabloid City, will be published in May 2011.

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