Episode 16: Drunk Mom


We’re discussing Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska. Jackie and Shelley talk about how Bydlowska’s incredible prose provides a true understanding of what it feels like to be in active addiction, about the way we all shame mothers who struggle with addiction issues, and delve into the overwhelmingly negative and judgmental critical reaction to this book upon its release.

About Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska

Book club discussion airs: September 9

What to expect: A courageous, terrifying memoir of a new mother struggling to keep herself and her baby alive amid her alcoholic relapse

“Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska’s immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism.

In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska’s account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life—the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking—as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. 

This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one’s child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.”

— Drunk Mom: A Memoir

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