Alcohol: Cradle to Grave
"Winner of the 2002 Independent Publishers Book Award." "Alcohol: Cradle to Grave "contains the newspaper series that brought Montana journalist Eric Newhouse to the attention of Pulitzer Prize jurors. A thorough and revealing account of how alcohol courses through the daily life and traditions of Great Falls, Montana, "Alcohol: Cradle to Grave "chronicles the everyday imp...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Hazelden
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I found the book difficult to read. It seems as though it was not edited thoroughly, and very little seemed to have changed between the original newspaper format to the book adaptation. The book club met with the author (via Skype) and he did say that about 75% of the book is the newspaper articles/stories, with about 25% added to the book version. While the statistics were interesting and informative and the personal stories were very intense and really exposed the truth (for some people) of ho...more
Dec 08, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Celia
A thorough examination of the costs--monetary, societal, and personal-- of alcohol in a community through a journalist talking to clinical experts, community organizations, and everyday people with a story to tell. Newhouse profiled his town of Great Falls, MT, but it could really be Anytown, USA. He originally wrote it as a year-long series of articles for the local paper, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. The articles were written in the late 90's, but it honestly doesn't seem dated--the issu...more
A little dated and organizationally impoverished by editing which did not remove aspects of the article's original serial publication; but, the general facts here have not changed. It will make you think twice and thrice about a lot of drinking-related issues.