We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life
ISBN: 160868654X
EAN13: 9781608686544
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 7, 2020
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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We Are the Luckiest is a masterpiece. It's the truest, most generous, honest, and helpful sobriety memoir I've read. It's going to save lives.
-- Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior: A Memoir

What could possibly be lucky about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something -- anything -- else to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.

But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.

Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of A, and other people's drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.

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This is a great book to read if you care about someone who is addicted or has similar issues. It gives a realistic look at the life of addiction and how to become sober. It isn't always easy to understand addiction and books like this are important tools for gaining clarity and understanding. It would make great reading material for clients and family support persons at a Recovery Clinic.
   A strikingly unique voice that you’ll want to listen to.
Laura was one of the first people to speak in recovery. If it wasn't for her and Holly, I don't know if I would have chosen to drink and be clean. Laura said that she could find a way forward no matter what reality looked like. I heard the possibility of forgiveness side- by- side with full responsibility. She has a voice like no other, and we are all the luckiest to get to hear it, because I heard the possibility of a way of being in and part of the world that made me sit up and loudly declare "I want that".
   Captivating, Human Story
This is one of the most gripping reads I have ever read. Laura's voice is funny, vulnerable, honest, kind, and compelling. I read half of the book in a single sitting. It was harrowing to learn about her rock- bottom. I don't read a lot of memoirs, but this one is up there with the other great writers of sober tales. I hope this is not the last from an impressive author.
   thank you, Laura!
I was so excited to finally get my hands on Laura's book, " We are the Luckiest", that I couldn't put it down. I have never struggled with alcohol but am in recovery from an eating disorder and found her story and message to be just what I needed to hear. I recommend reading this book regardless of what your thing is. Laura, thank you for your kind words. I am so grateful for you and you are encouraging.
   Beautifully Raw Memoir
I knew I would buy the book because I found Laura through the Home Podcast. I have read a lot of books from thequit lit genre but Laura's is a new take on addiction. It is an explanation of how alcoholism begins and creeps into your life even when you love your child. She talks about how AA saved her, but also has reservations about some aspects of the program. She gives her attempts to get sober. It is difficult to articulate the part of the review that is just love and enthusiasm. It is a wonderful read.