A Drinking Life by Pete Hamill
A Memoir

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<!--StartFragment--> As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.

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About Pete Hamill

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Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of twenty previous books, including the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, North River, and Tabloid City and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.
 
Published December 5, 2008 by Back Bay Books. 282 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Hamill's autobiography entails his long odyssey to sobriety. This is not a jeremiad condemning drink, however, but a thoughtful, funny, street-smart reflection on its consequences. To understand Hamil

Jan 17 1994 | Read Full Review of A Drinking Life: A Memoir

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Because Moehringer and his mother were always on the cusp of moving, most often bunking with his grandparents in a dilapidated house overrun with eight other at-loose-ends relatives, Publicans, stable and secure, felt like home, ''like the den of that perfect family we all believe exists but does...

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We partake in the glory of V-J day and learn what life in Hamill's neighborhood was centered on: ``Part of being a man was to drink.'' Puberty hits him and booze helps him to overcome his sexual shyness.

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BC Books

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A Drinking Life is a slice of Americana at its best.

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they were, in a collective way, the epitome of the unknowable, full of mystery and challenge and the most scary thing of all, doubt.” His insight is evident when he refers to the books as “adult,” in contrast to himself, who is only a boy, and how the books “look down” upon him from their shelv...

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Hamill is also able to structure his sentences in harmony with his moments of youthful excitement and desire, and he does so in an artful way: Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3

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The funny part about it is that A Drinking Life is no doubt what one would call a “manly” book, loaded with machismo and drinking and fucking women, and here was I, at a nail salon, getting a pedicure by a man, trying to explain it.

Sep 17 2009 | Read Full Review of A Drinking Life: A Memoir

Entertainment Weekly

A Drinking Life Pete Hamill (Back Bay Books, $11.95, 1994) A celebrity journalist in New York, Pete Hamill has never played well out of town.

Apr 14 1995 | Read Full Review of A Drinking Life: A Memoir

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With A DRINKING LIFE (Little, Brown, $21.95), Hamill's remarkable memoir of his life and times as a drunk, all that should change.

Jan 28 1994 | Read Full Review of A Drinking Life: A Memoir

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