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Loaded: Women and Addiction

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Having an addiction can follow the path of a great relationship that goes sour: there's the first blush of romance, the seduction ("you know you want to"), and the downward spiral into either obsession or breaking free.
Jill Talbot is no stranger to addiction. Part autobiography, part expose, Loaded: Women and Addiction weaves Talbot's own battles with addiction with vario
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Seal Press (CA) (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ugh. I cannot understand why anyone would call this book "amazing", which quite a few have in their reviews. It reads like a teenager's blog, it's more stream of conscious than a comprehensive body of work. Most annoyingly, she's constantly asking rhetorical questions. By 35 pages in, I was bored. She'd repeated the same crap over and over again, it is pretty amazing that she can be that repetitive in such a few amount of pages. Especially since most of the repetitive parts are actually, word fo ...more
Kelly Rhodes
As a woman in recovery and with a "few" years of sobriety under my belt, I was quite frustrated by the author subtitling this Women and Addiction. I will admit that I was anxiously awaiting to hear the author discuss her recovery or at least come to some relief or closure by the end of the book. My heart ached for the author's daughter who unfortunately took the brunt for her mother's free-spirited lifestyle. As for any structure or consistent timeline throughout the book, I found myself having ...more
I found Talbot's memoir repetitive and lacking in insight. Perhaps because the author never really got or stayed sober, she lacks the necessary perspective on addiction to write about it with any clarity or originality. Her blurred, romanticized, and narcissistic take on her life felt like she was writing with a glass of wine in hand. Editors and friends need to stop encouraging writers to churn out memoirs before they have digested their own experience.
I was very disappointed; I just could not get into it. I read the first 50 or so pages, found myself skim-reading, then fast forwarding ahead to the last 100 pages. Very repetitive, lacking substance, and boring.
I thought the book would have stories about different women and their various addictions. Sadly, the book was only about the author's addictions, and therefore, rather boring.
I probably should have known by the praise on the back from Wendy McClure that it wouldn't be for me as I couldn't get into I'm Not the New Me either. This book claims to be part expose on women and addiction but really it's a rambling rehab analysis of the author's addictions with no social context and only vague references and half stories about other women she's known who have had addictions in relation to her own story. She writes quite well in places but doesn't give detail where detail is ...more
I was disappointed in this book. From the title, I thought it would be some sort of analysis of womens' addictions and why they may become addicted to one thing or another. It is actually about the author and her two particular addictions--men and alcohol. The author wallows in her addiction to men and alcohol. Without them, I don't think she would have anything significant to say. She devotes quite a bit of space to quotes from writers she admires--as if their writing examples in her book makes ...more
Patricia Brooks
Enjoyed this book for its brutal honesty
She was right on with love addiction
The pain and loneliness masked by ego and recklessness
Her alcoholism takes second stage
Title a bit deceiving
But I can relate to both
I liked it
Title is misleading. Thought there would be more insight into the world of addiction in this book. It's more or less like a personal diary. The one thing that was a plus to me about this book was the occasional 'life quotes' that made u think twice about them and tempted you to want to write them down..
Jayne Lamb
I was frustrated with this book as the subtitle suggested it would be about the female experience of addiction. Instead, it's a memoir with a melodramatic and boring main character. Talbot is no Courtney Love, so this is just dull.
I had hoped it would have offered more resolution. I think the reality is though, without hope of redemption, there is no resolution. We are slaves to sin (vis. addictions) until we offer ourselves as slaves to good.
Wow! if only i had the courage to put my past in words for all to read...
Jen O'leary
An amazingly written book. Very honest and very loaded.
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