Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up

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Leah Odze Epstein, Caren Osten Gerszberg
Seal Press, 2012 - Self-Help - 268 pages
22 Reviews
Whether you drink it or not, alcohol is likely a potent part of your life: our culture is saturated in it. Ask any woman you know to tell you a drinking story, and she’ll come up with one—in fact, she may even come up with five. With friends and with coworkers, at date night and at ladies' night, and on special occasions ranging from Valentine’s Day to the Super Bowl, we encounter alcohol—yet when it comes to discussing the nature of our relationship with drinking, few of us do so honestly and openly.

In Drinking Diaries, editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg take women's drinking stories out of the closet and into the light. Whether it’s shame, sober sex, and relapsing, or college drinking, bonding, and comparing the benefits of pot vs. booze, no topic related to alcohol is off limits in this illuminating anthology. With contributions from celebrated writers including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, Drinking Diaries is a candid look at the pleasures and pains of drinking, and the many ways in which it touches women’s lives.
  

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Review: Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up

User Review  - Michelle Comer - Goodreads

Some of the essays were better than others but overall this book was just OK. Way more stories of alcohol leading to horrible events than stories of people with a healthy relationship with alcohol ... Read full review

Review: Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up

User Review  - Mary Helene - Goodreads

The sheer range of voices and the compelling honesty with which they speak has affected how I look at and think about drinking. The stories highlight the complex social network in which we drink, the ... Read full review

Contents

GIRLHOOD
9
Eight Wrecked Cars and One That Got Away
15
RumSoaked
25
Forever Thirteen
35
Living the Dry Life on Campus
41
My Flask
49
RELATIONSHIPS
57
My First Sober Kiss
65
Mother of All Sins
131
fAMILY
147
Kids Thank You for Pot Smoking
159
My Foreign Legacy
169
Like Father Like Daughter?
175
Under the Influence
185
Slake
195
Whats the Big Deal? Lessons for Schoolchildren
203

The Sweet Smell of Excess
73
It Must
83
Runners High
91
fROM BAILEYS TO MANISCHEWITZ
97
ManoManischewitz
105
Veni Vidi Bibi I Came I Saw I Drank
113
Drinking from East to West
123
Half Past
213
The Baby Shower
221
The Slip
227
My Name is Amy F
235
The Root Cellar
243
Drinking as Genuine Vocation
249
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries. Gerszberg’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Parents, and other national magazines and websites. She has also had a regular column, “Mom U,” about her daughter’s college admission experience, at NYTimes.com.

Born and raised in New York, Gerszberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn a dual master's degree in French and journalism at New York University. Her career in publishing began with a summer job at French Vogue in Paris, which paved the way for a full-time position at Mademoiselle magazine in New York. After four years as a research editor at Rolling Stone, Gerszberg launched her freelance career, and also became the New York correspondent for French Glamour, writing a monthly column in French.

Gerszberg has taught feature writing as an adjunct professor at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A passionate traveler, she lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

Leah Odze Epstein, co-founder of the blog Drinking Diaries, is a young adult and adult fiction writer. She has worked as a news assistant at The New York Times, an adjunct professor of writing at Baruch College, and an assistant editor at One World/Ballantine Books.

Epstein has written book and movie reviews for publications including Publisher’s Weekly and Bookpage, and has worked as a freelance editor. She currently blogs about women and drinking for The Huffington Post, and some of her poems can be found on the website Literary Mama.

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Epstein now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children.

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