Note Found in a Bottle by Susan Cheever

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Born into a world ruled by the cocktail hour, in which the solution to any problem could be found in a dry martini, Susan Cheever's existence was both charmed and damned. She and her father, the celebrated novelist and short-story writer John Cheever, were both deeply touched and troubled by alcohol.For the first time addressing the profound effects that alcohol had on her life, in shaping her relationships with men, and in influencing her efforts as a writer, Susan Cheever has written a memoir that is shockingly revealing. She tells of her childhood obsession with the niceties of cocktails and all that they implied -- sociability, sophistication, status; her college days spent drinking beer and cheap wine; and her three failed marriages. It is a compelling story that brings her perilously close to the edge of oblivion. Sober now for several years, Susan looks back on her life with clear-eyed candor in a book about recovery that is wrenching and ultimately inspiring.
 

About Susan Cheever

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Susan Cheever is the author of eight books, including the novel Looking for Work and Home Before Dark, a best-selling memoir about her father. She lives in New York City.
 
Published January 1, 1990 by Simon Schuster Trade. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In college, and later in the Deep South during the civil rights summers of 1965 and 1966, she found herself a part of “a bunch of us kids from Ivy League colleges .

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Entertainment Weekly

Drinking gets discussed surprisingly little in this memoir, ''Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker.'' It's always there, sure -- "Sometimes I drank some wine during the day";

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Though Cheever maintains that, like her famous father, author John Cheever, she suffered from a serious drinking problem, the bulk of this book is a breathless recounting of the thrice-married Cheever's numerous relationships–many of them extramarital–leaving the reader to wonder whether she has ...

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Savannah Now

Through chapter after chapter, written in stupefyingly bad, sometimes incoherent, prose, we read Cheever's breathless, self-adoring accounts of her gallivanting and the interchangeable (and nearly countless) men in her life.

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