A Drinking Life - A Memoir

Author(s): Pete Hamill


This bestselling memoir from a seasoned New York City reporter is "a vivid report of a journey to the edge of self-destruction" (New York Times).
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.

"Magnificent. A Drinking Life is about growing up and growing old, working and trying to work, within the culture of drink." --Boston Globe


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General Fields

  • : 9780316341080
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Little Brown GBR
  • : 0.585134
  • : January 1994
  • : 9.5 Inches X 6.25 Inches X 1 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Pete Hamill
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 818/.5409 B
  • : 280