Lush, by Kerry Cohen

I found this book incredibly courageous and raced through it in one sitting. Kerry Cohen’s memoir about her battle with drinking is brutally honest, utterly fascinating and made me think seriously about my own relationship to alcohol. Hers is a deeply disturbing story on several levels, but the author never lets it dissolve into self-pity or sentimentality. There is an utter rawness as she writes about her vulnerabilities and it really felt to me as though she wrote it straight from the heart, without subterfuge or fudging. Not only does the author show great insight into the nature of the human psyche (she is a therapist, and this shines through) but she’s also managed to write a hellavu story, exceedingly well. Apart from her own self-discovery, she touches on loads of research into drinking, and her approach to ending her battle is different and successful.

Book blurb:

When Loose Girl author Kerry Cohen reached her early 40s, she realized she had a drinking problem. Yes, she could get up on time, bring her kids to school, make dinner, chat with friends, and all around have a normal day, but, throughout it all, Kerry was waiting for her five o’clock glass of wine. Maybe two glasses. Maybe a bottle. Just enough to blur the edges of her life that had become a monotony of vacuuming, carpooling, and disagreements with her husband. Kerry had replaced one addiction with another, instead of seeking sex she was seeking merlot. Instead of intimacy, she craved the fuzziness of a nice buzz.

What she also realized was: she wasn’t the only one.

LUSH is a gripping memoir that examines Kerry’s struggle with alcohol, a struggle that a rising number of middle-aged women are facing today as alcohol dependency amongst females drastically increases. A wonderfully poignant and relatable follow up to her memoir Loose Girl, LUSH follows Kerry as she attempts to rediscover the awe in her life, leaving past mistakes, regrets, and the bottle behind.

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