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A Drinking Life

A Drinking Life

A Memoir

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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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Editors, Journalists, Publishers

On Sale: December 14th 2008

Price: $10.99 / $13.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 280

ISBN-13: 9780316054539

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Reader Reviews


"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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