Smashed by Koren Zailckas audiobook

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

By Koren Zailckas
Read by Ellen Archer

Tantor Audio 9780670033768

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200149599

  • ISBN: 9798200149582

  • ISBN: 9798200149605

Runtime: 10.53 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between. Zailckas's unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath the seeming banality of girls' getting drunk. She persuades us that her story is the story of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics-yet-but who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how their emotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their socially condoned binging. Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars' Club, Autobiography of a Face, and Jarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. A crucial book for any woman who has succumbed to oblivion through booze, or for anyone ready to face the more subtle repercussions of their own chronic over-drinking or of someone they love, Smashed is an eye-opening, wise, and utterly gripping achievement.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Zailckas is unsparingly insightful and acutely aware of what drinking can and does do to girls. She explains that while kids are taught that drugs are always dangerous, alcohol is perceived as an acceptable rite of passage. Her book is deeply moving, written in poetic, nuanced prose that never obscures the dangerous truths she seeks to reveal.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Raw, eye-opening memoir will deepen readers’ understanding of American culture and perhaps their own lives.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Koren Zailckas

Author Bio: Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas is an internationally bestselling writer, and has contributed to theGuardian, US News & World Report, Glamour, Jane, and Seventeen magazine. She currently lives with her family in the Catskill mountains of New York.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English