Drinking Games: A Memoir
Sarah Levy (Author)
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Part memoir and part social critique, Drinking Games is about how one woman drank and lived-- and how, for her, the last drink was just the beginning.
St. Martin's Press
January 03, 2023
5.6 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.89 pounds
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About the Author
Sarah Levy is a writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York. Her work examines the intersection of sobriety, relationships, and identity and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine/The Cut, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue, Elle, and other publications. She holds a B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University and pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School. Drinking Games is her first book
"Bracing and insightful...offers equal measures of introspection and hope. This emotional excavation will inspire anyone navigating addiction."
--Booklist "Poignant. [DRINKING GAMES] reads like an intimate conversation between friends."
--Kirkus "With raw honesty...Levy's path to sobriety becomes a lens through which she reflects on drinking culture and what it means to be sober within that...in her vulnerability and willingness to share the highs and lows of her relationship with alcohol, Levy invites readers to consider what might not be serving them in this moment--and what might be possible on the other side of whatever habit is holding them back from true freedom."
--Shelf Awareness "Stands out in the genre of sobriety memoirs...people who find solace in these narratives or seek a reflection of their experiences will appreciate the bravery, humor, and grace with which the author writes about one of the darkest parts of her life. There's a particular effectiveness to her exploration of the ways drinking culture permeates the spaces in lives and interactions."
--Library Journal "Part memoir, part social critique, this book takes a look at the role drinking plays in our culture -- and how opting out requires honest self-reflection and vulnerability."
--New York Post "Candid and darkly funny"
--PureWow "Messy and candid, this memoir is dedicated to those who think sobriety is an ending when it's actually a beginning."
--BuzzFeed "A modern look at what getting sober as a millennial living in NYC really looks like."
--TheSkimm "With candor and curiosity, [Levy] looks at a substance we all know - some of us all too well - to uncover the truth about sobriety and its advantages."
--Los Angeles Times "A surprisingly fresh look at this topic, and one that I think will resonate with a lot of people."
--BookRiot "Sarah Levy's Drinking Games is more than one woman's captivating story of letting go of a destructive relationship to alcohol. This up close look at Levy's life before, during, and after her decision to stop drinking alcohol offers readers a glimpse at all of the ways a life can transform once sobriety is in place. By turns hilarious and harrowing, Levy generously shows readers how she left behind a party girl lifestyle filled with hollow relationships and unfulfilling work and built a sober life filled with comfort, care, and deep, authentic attachments to herself and others. For anyone who fears that sobriety equals stagnation, boredom, and a stunted life shuffling from one dank basement recovery meeting to the next, prepare to have your mind blown. Levy's Drinking Games is a must-read for anyone curious about the many ways in which sobriety can transform a life."
--Christie Tate, New York Times bestselling author of Group "Thought-provoking and fantastic. Drinking Games explores both the vulnerable emotional core of one woman's relationship with alcohol and how empowering it is to walk away. A terrific read!"
--Cat Marnell, New York Times bestselling author of How to Murder Your Life "Like Sarah Levy, by giving up the battle with booze, I have found a new world of self-respect and grace. I know that Levy's wise and honest memoir, Drinking Games, will connect with readers who are asking themselves if their life might be a bit brighter and truer without alcohol. May we all find what Levy (and I) was searching for in every cocktail: 'the deepest, purest, and most genuine belief that everything was going to be okay.'"
--Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Sober Lush "Sarah Levy gives sobriety a makeover in Drinking Games. With the warmth, wit, and wisdom of the venerable friend we all desperately wanted, Sarah draws you into how alcohol defined her relationships with body image, the wellness industry, and her family, and the clarity she gained when she found sobriety. Drinking Games packs a punch: not the gross alcoholic kind but the kind that leaves you feeling breathless. This book should be required reading for every scared person wondering, should I stop now? From hangovers, to blackouts, to the joys of new beginnings, Sarah gives vulnerable and concrete advice for anyone worried that sobriety means an end to all things fun. Spoiler alert: it's not."
--Erin Lee Carr, author of All That You Leave Behind