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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between.

Zailckas's unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath the seeming banality of girls' getting drunk. She persuades us that her story is the story of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics-yet-but who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how their emotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their socially condoned binging.

Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars' Club, Autobiography of a Face, and Jarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. A crucial book for any woman who has succumbed to oblivion through booze, or for anyone ready to face the more subtle repercussions of their own chronic over-drinking or of someone they love, Smashed is an eye-opening, wise, and utterly gripping achievement.

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From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual."

About the Author

Koren Zailckas grew up in the suburbs of Boston. She studied under Mary Karr at Syracuse University, which was featured in a "Time" cover article about young women and drinking. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400101542
Subtitle:
Story of a Drunken Girlhood
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Narrated by:
Archer, Ellen
Narrated:
Archer, Ellen
Author:
Archer, Ellen
Author:
Koren Zailickas
Author:
Zailckas, Koren
Publisher:
Tantor Media
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20050401
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb

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Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General

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