Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska
A Memoir

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... that’s quibbling. Most of the time, Bydlowska’s memoir feels like a revelation. It’s refreshing to hear her less-than-wild enthusiasm about the indignities of motherhood: The self-milking, for example, the boredom, the loneliness. With the taboo of substance abuse broken, Bydlowska also is able to batter through many other, smaller taboos...
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An intense, complex and disturbing story, bravely and beautifully told.  I read Drunk Mom with my jaw on the floor, which doesn’t happen to me that often." - Lena Dunham
 

Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism.


In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska's account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life- the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking- as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one's child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.

 

About Jowita Bydlowska

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JOWITA BYDLOWSKA was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Woodstock, Ontario, as a teenager. She eventually learned English well enough to try writing in it. She writes a popular parenting blog, and her work has appeared in an assortment of magazines, newspapers and online publications, including "Salon" and "The Huffington Post." She lives in Toronto with her son and his father.
 
Published May 27, 2014 by Penguin Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 08 2014

A new mother recounts her struggle with alcoholism. After three and a half years sober, Bydlowska celebrated the birth of her son with a glass of champagne—and then another and another...Rehab failed her, Bydlowska writes, because she was not desperate enough to want sobriety. Now she is sober at last, with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Reviewed by Christopher Shulgan on Apr 26 2013

Compared against all those other mommy monographs, Bydlowska’s work is a lot more honest. If this means that it’s also darker, well, then, so be it.

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Reviewed by Christopher Shulgan on Apr 26 2013

... that’s quibbling. Most of the time, Bydlowska’s memoir feels like a revelation. It’s refreshing to hear her less-than-wild enthusiasm about the indignities of motherhood: The self-milking, for example, the boredom, the loneliness. With the taboo of substance abuse broken, Bydlowska also is able to batter through many other, smaller taboos...

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