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Smashed

Story Of A Drunken Girlhood

By Koren Zailckas

From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between. Zailckas’s unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath the seeming banality of girls’ getting drunk. She persuades us that her story is the story of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics—yet—but who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how their emotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their socially condoned binging.

Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars’ Club, Autobiography of a Face, and Jarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. A crucial book for any woman who has succumbed to oblivion through booze, or for anyone ready to face the more subtle repercussions of their own chronic over-drinking or of someone they love, Smashed is an eye-opening, wise, and utterly gripping achievement.

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Publish Date

2005

ISBN

1419353233


Format: Large Print
Author: Zailckas, Koren
Summary: From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between.
Title: Smashed : story of a drunken girlhood / Koren Zailckas.
Publisher Date: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2005.
Subject: Zailckas, Koren Women alcoholics -- United States -- Biography. Women -- Alcohol use -- United States Girls -- Alcohol use -- United States
Isbn: 1419353233
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Format: Large Print
Author: Zailckas, Koren
Summary: From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between.
Title: Smashed : story of a drunken girlhood / Koren Zailckas.
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher, Date: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2005.
Description: xxi, 409 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Zailckas, Koren
Subjects: Women alcoholics -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Women -- Alcohol use -- United States
Subjects: Girls -- Alcohol use -- United States
ISBN: 1419353233
Publisher Number: LP288
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: LPB Zailckas