We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at work events, lunches, book clubs and weddings. Yet no one ever questions alcohol's ubiquity. In fact, the only thing ever questions is why people don't drink. It is a qualifier for belonging. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some sort of magic elixir. It is anything but.
When Holly Whitaker started to look for a way to recover, the support systems she found for recovery where archaic and patriarchal. Urging drinkers towards a newfound humility is great if you're a man, but if you're a woman and not in a position to renounce privileges you never had, a whole other approach is needed.
She embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What's more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before.
Honest, witty and trenchant, Quit Like a Woman is at once a ground-breaking look at drinking culture, a call to arms, and a celebration of learning how to claim everything life has to offer.
Holly Whitaker is the founder and CEO of Tempest (formerly Hip Sobriety). With years of experience in the fields of healthcare and tech, she created a human centered recovery modality and virtual platform offering education, community and support services, in 2014. Holly has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, and TechCrunch and was named in Inc's 2019 Female Founders 100 List. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Mary Katherine.
I've long suspected that Holly Whitaker is a genius. This book is confirmation. It's a brilliantly clever, meticulously researched, fearless, snort-out-loud funny read that grabs you and won't let go. Catherine Gray Funny, fast-paced, and bracingly candid ... Holly Whitaker is no polished model of self-help evangelism, nor is her memoir-manifesto selling a one-size-fits-all-solution. Her story is a messy human one and all the more convincing that sobriety is a feminist issue -- Melissa Febos An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself. Quit Like a Woman will change your relationship with alcohol - and it has the power to change your relationship with your entire life. Glennon Doyle This thoughtful, moving book will help a lot of people get to a healthier place. Johann Hari
This thoughtful, moving book will help a lot of people get to a healthier place.
If you drink from the pressure to be the perfect woman, then the path to sobriety carved out by and for men isn't going to get you there
Elizabeth Gilbert meets Catherine Gray in this voice-driven, sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving and always rousing memoir about the truth about alcohol, alcoholism and claiming your true self.
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