The recently published book, Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping (Greenpoint Press), by Laura Zinn Fromm, is a collection of essays that is part memoir, part cookbook. Trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness, Laura weaves together stories about food and family, food and friendship, food and pain, food and life. […]
I recently came across a piece that was published last year, yet seems as important and relevant as ever. Originally published on Salon, and written by Leslie Garrett, the piece describes the author’s experience as both the daughter of an alcoholic and a new, tired, stressed-out mother, and how those jokes about mommy’s drinking can be deeper […]
Below is an excerpt from Jowita Bydlowska’s memoir, DRUNK MOM. While at first, I found the book unsettling for its close-up perspective of a woman as she hits rock bottom, as I continued to read, I began to appreciate and admire her raw honesty. Don’t let the book’s title fool you. In The New York […]
by Helene Stapinski I finally fired the seltzer man. It was a long time coming. But I feel awful. My husband had seltzer delivered when he was a kid growing up in Park Slope. This was the 70s, not the 40s, so seltzer delivery was retro even then. So when my husband saw the seltzer […]
We drink for different reasons: to quench thirst, to loosen up, because it tastes good, to enhance a meal, because we're addicted, as part of a ceremony, to celebrate, to mourn. We drink when we're happy. We drink when we're sad. And then there are the non-drinkers, for whom abstaining may be as much of an issue as drinking.
This is a place where women can spill their drinking stories--from lamp-swinging hilarity to bottle-under-the-bed despair. At DRINKING DIARIES, you will read, and be able to share the details, the deep questions, the wide and wild range of experiences that pertain to women and alcohol.