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First Steps by Al-Anon Family Groups
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Feb 21, 2010

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The best are the facsimile letters written by Lois, Annie, and other 1930s-era "AA Wives' Auxiliary" or "Non-Alcoholics" founders/members...and the desperate handwritten letters they received in their tiny office, requesting help. The class structure of early AA is really on display here--it's almost like a weird offshoot of the Junior League or something, all pearls and secretarial school and tattered dignity. There's one letter I like best from a wife who pretty much refuses to be a 12-step doormat; I like it so much I may reprint it on my blog. It's heretical for the times and would probably be even more so today, but in the early days of anything organized, such stuff can slip through the cracks, the wild and the wily and the heterodoxical; and I love the messiness of it.
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