The Recovering, by Leslie Jamison

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The Recovering, by Leslie Jamison

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Near the beginning of The Recovering, Jamison sets herself the challenge of making writing about recovery as compelling as addiction. It spoils nothing to reveal that she succeeds resoundingly. But what an enormous challenge. When she enters the legendary Iowa Writers' Workshop, it's a first step towards becoming not only a professional writer, but also a serious drinker, as did Carver, Cheever, Berryman, and so many more before her; writing and drinking seem unavoidably intertwined. The Recovering reveals what this has meant not only to Jamison as a writer and a person, but also to our culture: that creation and self-destruction have been fused — and, ultimately, that they don't have to be. There is no judgement here, but rather, deep empathy for her compatriots in recovery, other writers, and herself.

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