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The Resource The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath, Leslie Jamison

The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath, Leslie Jamison

Label
The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath
Title
The recovering
Title remainder
intoxication and its aftermath
Statement of responsibility
Leslie Jamison
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction
  • "A transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction. With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, [this book] turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, 'broken spigots of need.' It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience--the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are. For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come."--Dust jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
PNX
Dewey number
  • 362.292
  • 616.86/03
Index
index present
LC call number
HV4998
LC item number
.J36 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath, Leslie Jamison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-520) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wonder -- Abandon -- Blame -- Lack -- Shame -- Surrender -- Thirst -- Return -- Confession -- Humbling -- Chorus -- Salvage -- Reckoning -- Homecoming
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
534 pages
Isbn
9780316259613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 1678213
  • (OCoLC)1029058386
  • 1629559
  • (OCoLC)on1029058386
  • 1629559
  • 1678213
  • 1678213
Label
The recovering : intoxication and its aftermath, Leslie Jamison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-520) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wonder -- Abandon -- Blame -- Lack -- Shame -- Surrender -- Thirst -- Return -- Confession -- Humbling -- Chorus -- Salvage -- Reckoning -- Homecoming
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
534 pages
Isbn
9780316259613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 1678213
  • (OCoLC)1029058386
  • 1629559
  • (OCoLC)on1029058386
  • 1629559
  • 1678213
  • 1678213

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