Zero Proof is a biweekly podcast featuring writers Shelley Mann Hite and Jackie Mantey. On each episode, these two former journalism colleagues/ bar buddies read and discuss one book about sobriety, self-growth, or surviving—and then thriving—in spaces that profit when we numb ourselves, from ourselves.❤️

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Up next: I’m Black and I’m Sober: The Timeless Story of A Woman’s Journey Back to Sanity by Chaney Allen

Book club discussion airs: August 26

What to expect: An important work, this is the first autobiography written by a recovering African American woman

I’m Black and I’m Sober traces author Chaney Allen’s life from growing up poor and hungry in Alabama through her gradual addiction to alcohol as a young mother in Cincinnati, Ohio. This powerful story documents Allen’s journey into the soup kitchens of Selma, Alabama, to the tenements and late night joints in Cincinnati, and finally to sobriety in San Diego, California. Allen, a minister’s daughter, discusses her relationships with her mother, brothers, and children; the impact of discrimination; and the obstacles African Americans face as they become sober.

I’m Black and I’m Sober: The Timeless Story of A Woman’s Journey Back to Sanity

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