How Novelist Joyce Maynard Realized She Had a Drinking Problem

UnderInfluenceWEBIn a candid 3-part series for The Huffington Post, Drinking Diaries book and blog contributor, Joyce Maynard, reveals how writing her new novel, “Under the Influence,” led her to examine her increasingly fraught relationship with alcohol. We can’t wait to read her new novel. Below is an excerpt from her Huffington Post piece:

“I was reading a book I wrote when I realized: I had to give up drinking.

This happened a few months back. I had just finished writing this novel, and was reading it over one more time, the way I always do before a piece of my work is published. And it was hearing my own words about addiction to alcohol, spoken in the voice of my fictional character, that revealed to me what my daily morning headache, and my trips to the recycling bin with all those empty bottles, had not.

There was a reason why I had been able to get into the head of a woman who had a problem with alcohol. I had one too.”

To read the entire post, click here.


Drinking Diaries is An Audiobook!

audible drinking diariesWe have some great news! Our book, Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up (Seal Press), is now available in audiobook format from Audible. Of course we’re biased, but we think it’d make an excellent holiday gift. Many people prefer listening to books over reading them.

This is what one listener had to say about Drinking Diaries: “One of the most honest, non-judgmental books about women and drinking I’ve ever come across. Women’s relationships with alcohol are many faceted, and this book hits all the angles.”

If you’re interested in learning more, just click this link to Audible.

Let us know what you think!


Year-End Reading Roundup

2011 is almost coming to an end, and we’d like to celebrate drinking-related reads (and some that are focused on recovery) by contributors to our blog. Our Drinking Diaries Year-End Reading Round Up  is by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to add your own favorites (or your own books) to the comments section.


“Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife,” a memoir by Brenda Wilhelmson. Brutally honest, relatable story told in diary entries.

“Falling For Me,” by Anna David. David, an editor for the popular addiction site, “The Fix,” and an ex-addict herself, tells of her magical year, trying every new (wholesome) thing under the sun.

“The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin. Filled with insights on how to have a happier life (no drinking required!)

“I’m Kind of a Big Deal.” Stefanie Wilder-Taylor’s latest essay collection. Wilder-Taylor is a recovering alcoholic, and former cocktail mom, and her blog is full of insights, including a section called “Don’t Get Drunk Fridays.”

Loaded: Women and Addiction” by Jill Talbot. The title says it all.

“Learning to Breathe,” by Priscilla Warner, shows the author’s quirky path to inner peace after a lifelong struggle with anxiety.

“Reading My Father,” by Alexandra Styron, about growing up with a brilliant and mercurial alcoholic father.

“Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” by Patricia Olsen, M.D. and Petros Levounis, M.D.

“Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety,” a memoir by Sacha Scoblic. Unique because Scoblic, rather than dwelling on her drinking days, focuses on rebuilding her life once her drinking days are over.


“Best Kept Secret,” by Amy Hatvany, about an alcoholic mother trying to pull her life together.

“Father of the Rain,” by Lily King, about a daughter’s relationship with her difficult, alcoholic father.

“The Taste of Salt,” by Martha Southgate, about a family pushed to its limits by multiple generations of addiction.

Young Adult:

“Clean,” by Amy Reed, about five teen addicts who meet in rehab.

“Edges,” by Lena Roy, deals with two teens whose lives are affected by alcoholism.