Blackout: Remembering the things I drank to forget
'READ THIS BOOK... IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY. BUT IT WILL ALSO MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD... A TOUR DE FORCE' Huffington Post
A raw, vivid and ultimately uplifting memoir of addiction and recovery from the Salon.com personal essays editor, in the spirit of Drinking: A Love Story and Wild.
For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenin
i don't read a lot of memoirs. i have enough trouble keeping up with the crap my own life throws at me, and it doesn't give me comfort or make me feel empowered to read about other people overcoming their problems. and i don't have any personal experience with alcohol a ...more
Sarah's drug of choice was alcohol. She sipped her first beer at age 6, she started stealing beer at 7, and she first got blackout drunk when she was 11. She went to a summer party at a friend's lake house, drank a lot of beer and some liquor that tasted awful, but she kept drinking. The next morning, a friend sai ...more
Blackouts are mean. Hepola describes how blackouts stole her time, ruined friendships, put her in danger, and did not let their brain form memories. Poof, blackouts made her disappear from herself for hours. The world saw her, but she couldn ...more
Sarah Hepola, a 40-something journalist/writer is astoundingly clear and real recounting her spiral to the bottom and back up again. So glad she found her way back, such a hard road this would have been.
Whilst memoirs strike many different chords to any given reader, I need to say this story is amazingly real and just as equally scary – but a ...more
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drinkWhile this is an important memoir by a Party Girl blackout alcoholic, I found it even more significant for Ms. Hepola's brilliant and sassy style in profoundly and provocatively addressing the prevalent problem of young women and alcohol on university campuse ...more
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink
Throw 'em back, till I lose count
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
This was a journey ...more
Loved it! Sarah Hepola's memoir captivated me right from the start. Yes, it's a story of alcoholism and her eventual recovery, but WOW was the writing ever good. Her genuine honesty shined throughout, and her humor was priceless!
She starts out telling us of an especially fun night in Paris, the only problem is waking up the next morning in a stranger's bed, with no memory of how she got there. I was unclear if this was her first experience with a blacko ...more
I marked several pages in Blackout and originally planned to write a longish review where I backed up all of my opinions with passages from the text, but frankly this memoir is not worth that kind of effort. Hepola spends a lot of time ...more
I was, however, extremely put off by her not wanting to presume to know why people are atheists and, in the next sentence, bulldozing right into presuming - incorrectly I might add! I can't speak for all people, but the reason I am an athetist doesn't have anything to do with my feelings about organized religion, thank you. I'm glad she found some solace/comfort/strength in God, ...more
Sarah Hepola began drinking at a young age, and, unlike many little children, not only wasn’t repelled by the taste, but craved it from the first sip. Citing her Finnish and Irish ethnicity, she said, “the taste for beer was embroidered on my DNA.” This is a sincere and brutally honest memoir that chronicles her life as an alcoholic--a label she scoffed at and resisted for some time--and her eventual recovery. I was most interested in reading this to learn about what bla ...more
This book blew me away with its bravery, its honesty, and its persistent wit (seriously, who knew a memoir about alcoholism could make me laugh this much?). Sarah Hepola's voice is tremendous, and from start to finish, I felt so much a part of her challenges. Her self-d ...more
>Blackout had me fully engaged.
>I couldn’t help having a tremendous amount of respect for Hepola for being so ...more
and I have read a lot. In recovery myself for alcohol and drug addiction, I never tire of hearing or reading about the stories of others trudging this road of happy destiny
Sarah Hepola can write, and she has a heart as big as Texas. If I could give this book ten stars, I would. It is that good.
One reviewer called this “ferociously funny,” which it’s not. There were a few times I chuckled, but this is not a laugh-out-loud laugh riot.
While I enjoyed this book, I couldn’t help but compare it to similar memoir ...more
This book made me examine my own drinking. Like Hepola, social anxiety plays ...more
And the sober part just isn't as terrifying as the blackout-drunk part. When bits of the human brain shut down - shut down, not slow down or fade, I've always assumed death is pretty soon to follo ...more