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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety, alibris.com

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Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman's Life
by Devon Jersild

The author explores the forces that influence a woman's drinking and delivers a wake-up call to women who are in the dark about the effects of drinking.

amazon.com

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Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life : Self Help for Women
by Jean Kirkpatrick

Jean Kirkpatrick, founder of the pioneering international program Women for Sobriety, Inc., tells the story of her recovery from alcoholism. She has developed her own Thirteen Empowering Statements of Acceptance.

At amazon.com.

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Drinking: A Love Story
by Caroline Knapp

The autobiographical story of the late journalist Caroline Knapp.

amazon.com

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Paperback, amazon.co.uk

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Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery, with commentary by Betty Ford, and Preface by Rosalynn Carter

amazon.com

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Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones, Joan Zieger, Hazelden Foundation

amazon.com

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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
by Koren Zailckas

Because of its denial of alcoholism I do not recommend this book, but I list it here for purposes of information in case anyone is seeking it.

Paperback, amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

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Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, Hardcover, by Gail Caldwell

Release date August 10, 2010

amazon.com

"Caldwell, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief book critic for The Boston Globe, met [Caroline] Knapp, a columnist with the Boston Phoenix, in 1996.

"Both women gave up drinking at 33 (Knapp's memoir is titled 'Drinking: A Love Story'); both had to overcome physical challenges in their youth, polio for Caldwell and anorexia for Knapp; both adored dogs and loved the water. Caldwell swam and Knapp rowed, and each taught the other her sport.

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"In addition to honoring Knapp's friendship, Caldwell also discusses her own battle with alcoholism and spends a good bit of time talking about a subject dear to both friends' hearts: dog-training."
--from review by Yvonne Zipp in Christian Science Monitor of August 11, 2010

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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety, paperback, by Rachael Brownell

Product Description

Part recovery, part self-help, and all real, raw stories of waking up for the sake of your self and your children, Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore follows one mother's journey from cocktail mama to sober mama. The loving mother of twins and a newborn, Brownell used alcohol to maintain a sense of her adult self and be more than "just mommy." It didn't take long before her drinking spiraled out of control, consuming her life and marriage, and she realized that she needed serious help. Both heart-wrenching and inspiring, this is Brownell's true-life story, from the first thirty days to the year mark. Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is not a book that preaches or simply takes the reader through the Twelve Steps. It provides hope and motivation to get into a program and balance your life as a mother and a recovering alcoholic.

--amazon.com

Paperback, amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore - Rachael Brownell
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Paperback, amazon.co.uk

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife by Brenda Wilhelmson

"Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends. She could party until dawn and take her kids to school the next day. From the outside, she appeared to have it all together. But, in truth, alcohol was slowly taking over, turning her world on its side.

"Waking up to another hangover, growing tired of embarrassing herself in front of friends and family, and feeling important moments slip away, Brenda made the most critical decision of her life: to get sober. She kept a diary of her first year (and beyond) in recovery, chronicling the struggles of finding a meeting she could look forward to, relating to her fellow alcoholics, and finding a sponsor with whom she connected. Along the way, she discovered the challenges and pleasures of living each day without alcohol, navigating a social circle where booze is a centerpiece, and dealing with her alcoholic father's terminal illness and denial.

"Brenda Wilhelmson's Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife offers insight, wisdom, and relevance for readers in recovery, as well as their loved ones, no matter how long they've been sober."
--from book description at amazon.com

Paperback, amazon.com

Paperback, Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife, alibris.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism by George McGovern

The former U.S. senator describes how, in 1994, his daughter was found dead in a parking lot after passing out drunk and freezing to death, offering an intensely personal account of one woman's addictions and a family's struggle to help her while not ruining themselves in the process.

Paperback, amazon.com

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Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman by Jill Kelly, Ph.D.

"Old-timers in 12-step programs say that if you want to stay sober, you only have to change one thing: your whole life. Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman recounts how one woman did just that. Her personal stories describe the journey she took as two decades of drinking and despair gave way to a richly rewarding sober life. Kelly's demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others--they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life. At the same time, she faces the challenges of emotional eating and her sober ambivalence about sexual relationships."--product description at amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

Paperback, amazon.com

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A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps by Stephanie S. Covington

Paperback, amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

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A Biography of Mrs Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous by Sally Brown and David R. Brown

Paperback, amazon.com

Read first pages

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Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones, and Joan Zieger

Paperback, amazon.com

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The Little Red Book For Women

Book description:

Published in 1957, The Little Red Book is known as the foremost study guide to the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. However, the original volume, filled with practical advice for sober living, was written by two anonymous men who, presumably, considered their audience to be comprised predominantly, if not entirely, of men. That's why Hazelden's new edition is written expressly for women. It features the original text of The Little Red Book along with annotated passages addressing issues related to how women experience addiction and recovery. The annotations, written by best-selling author Karen Casey, introduce women to the extraordinary camaraderie of Alcoholics Anonymous and the restorative powers of Twelve Step recovery.

---amazon.com

Hardcover, amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston was released on October 1,,2013.

From the back cover:

Over the past few decades, the feminist revolution has had enormous ramifications. Women outnumber their male counterparts in postsecondary education in most of the developed world, and they are about to do the same in the workplace. But what has not been fully documented or explored is that while women have gained equality in many arenas, they also have begun to close the gender gap in terms of alcohol abuse. In the United States alone, more than twenty-three thousand women die from heavy drinking each year. Binge drinking and so-called drunkorexia are on the rise, contributing exponentially to an array of health conditions and cancers.

Combining in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, Ann Dowsett Johnston delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little-recognized epidemic threatening society today, what preeminent researcher Sharon Wilsnack believes is a "global epidemic" of women's drinking.

Dowsett Johnston's authority comes from a place of experience. Eight years ago she was an award-winning senior journalist with Canada's major newsweekly magazine Maclean's and popular on the speaking circuit. She seemed to have it all when she was named vice principal of McGill University. In private, the high-functioning professional knew she was wrestling with a demon that had undone her own mother: alcohol addiction. Dowsett Johnston took a very private exit from her professional life and went to rehab. She reentered professional life in 2010, winning the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, charged with examining the closing gender gap in the world of risky drinking. Sober now for five years, she retells her struggles with brutal honesty, affording us an unprecedented look at women and drinking that is both moving and enlightening.

Dowsett Johnston dissects the psychological, social, and workplace factors that have contributed to this crisis, exploring their far-reaching impact on society at large and individual lives, including her own. Comprehensive and emotionally riveting, Drink is sure to become a modern classic on the topic of women and drinking, much as Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon was for depression. Drink is a brave and powerful story beautifully told and an important investigation into an epidemic that we can no longer afford to ignore.

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, hardcover, amazon.com

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, Kindle edition, amazon.com

Drink (audiobook), downpour.com icon

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, paperback, amazon.co.uk

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The Sober Revolution -- Calling Time on Wine O'Clock by Sarah Turner and Lucy Rocca

"The Sober Revolution will open your eyes to the dangers of social drinking and give you the tools you need to have a happy life without the wine. Read it now and call time on wine o’clock forever."--from description at amazon.com

The Sober Revolution -- Calling Time on Wine O'Clock, Kindle edition, amazon.com

The Sober Revolution: Women Calling Time on Wine O'Clock, paperback, amazon.com

The Sober Revolution: Women Calling Time on Wine O'Clock, paperback, amazon.co.uk

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When the Pixies Left, by Sally M. Peabody

Paperback, amazon.com

Kindle edition, amazon.com

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