Episode 15: I’m Black and I’m Sober

 

We discuss Chaney Allen’s I’m Black and I’m Sober, the first autobiography written by a recovering African American woman. Jackie and Shelley talk about the low number of sobriety memoirs written by people of color, how women who drink heavily are often judged more harshly than men, and the unique challenges black men and women face during recovery.

About 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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