Tina Jordan
July 01, 2015 AT 06:01 PM EDT

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sarah Hepola
publisher
Grand Central Publishing
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A

When she was 6, a single sip of her dad’s beer “lit a fuse in me that burned for decades.” At 11, she got drunk for the first time. By high school, Hepola was hooked, loving the shot of confidence she got from a few Coors Lights, and by college, she was drinking so heavily she began to black out. (Once she woke up after a party asleep in a dog bed, with no idea how she’d gotten there.) It’s hard to think of another memoir that burrows inside an addict’s brain like this one does. Yes, Hepola’s years of ruthless self-destruction are grim. But her writing lights up the pages, and she infuses the chapters describing her resolute slog toward sobriety with warmth and sprightly humor. A

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