A Drinking Life

A Memoir
By Pete Hamill (Electronic Book, 2008)
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.

  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316054539

    • On Sale Date: 12/14/2008

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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.

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His books include the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life and the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, and North River. His new novel, Tabloid City, will be published in May 2011.
  • "Magnificent. A Drinking Life is about growing up and growing old, working and trying to work, within the culture of drink." (Boston Globe).

  • "A vivid report of a journey to the edge of self-destruction. Tough-minded, brimming with energy, and unflinchingly honest." (New York Times).

  • "A remarkable memoir. Energetic, compelling, very funny, and remarkably--indeed, often brutally--candid, Hamill's tale won't soon be forgotten. An author of rare distinction and moral force." (Entertainment Weekly).

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A Drinking Life
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780316054539
  • On Sale Date: 12/14/2008
A Drinking Life