The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

The Recovering

By the New York Times bestselling author of THE EMPATHY EXAMS, an exploration of addiction, and the stories we tell about it, that reinvents the traditional recovery memoir.With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as elec...

Details The Recovering

TitleThe Recovering
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir

Reviews The Recovering

  • jeremy
    whatever beauty comes from pain can't usually be traded back for happiness. leslie jamison's new book, the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath, straddles several genres at once, coalescing to form a candid, incisive, empathetic, and magnificently composed work about addiction and recovery. with her own personal tale of alcoholism, relapse, and ultimate recovery as narrative anchor, jamison explores the lives of fellow writers for whom addi...
  • lp
    Leslie Jamison is a master. Nobody thinks like her, nobody writes like her. I don't know how she manages to tell her story perfectly braided with the stories of others—regular others who have recovered from alcohol addiction and famous writers. This book is funny and a gut punch. Everyone can relate because it asks the question: why do we desire things that are so destructive?
  • Jamie
    Brilliant. A tour-de-force from one of my favorite living writers.
  • Lissa
    Leslie Jamison is the author of a popular collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. With this book she follows her own experiences with alcoholism and recovery interspersed with other writer’s struggles. She explores the connection between addiction and creativity and discusses whether it is a necessary connection. I found Jamison’s account to be an insightful look at the ways in which addiction occurs and the affect it has on relationships an...
  • Sara Leonard
    As stated by Jamison in The Recovering, the only thing more cliche than the term "recovery memoir" is a blurb stating a book is "not the average recovery memoir." However, The Recovering may be an exemption, because it is as much memoir as it is a history of alcoholism, both in romanticized authors and ordinary people. Jamison's honesty is brutal, and her research seamlessly blends with anecdotes from AA and recollections from her relationship wi...
  • Jenni
    3.5 stars
  • Katie
    Facts:-I think I would like Leslie Jamison very, very much if we met. -Her books are not for me.-I am so glad she exists and is writing. I love what she writes about, and think she is laser-sharp. Her particular authorial voice is not to my taste.
  • Lindsey Thomas
    The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a poignant, insightful examination of alcoholism from an intimate personal perspective; it reads like a memoir interspersed with cultural and historical accounts of alcoholism. Jamison’s prose is powerful, lyrical, and engaging. Her words grab hold of your head and your heart and won’t let go until the last page. In a society where casual alcoholism is overlooked, and sometimes even encouraged...
  • Parker
    Really a beautiful and thoughtful book, that combines a writer's memoir with a history of addiction and how it's perceived (and treated). It might seem hard to balance those two narratives, Jamison's own with that of the whole world of intoxication, addiction, and recovery, but she does so pretty masterfully, and it's a joy to read the entire time.
  • Kent Winward
    This is a book about intoxication and recovery of course, but the title is actually misleading. This falls into a sub-genre of the memoir perfected by Geoff Dyer and David Shields, to which Jamison stakes her claim of belonging as well: the literary-history-criticism memoir. Jamison's slant is to mine the rich field of addiction/recovery literature from Raymond Carver to David Foster Wallace via memoir. The interjection of literature into the add...
  • Jaime
    This book is so beautiful. Beautiful memoir, thoughtful investigation of the writing and lives of drinking and sober writers, and something more at the intersection of the two.