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Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sarah Hepola

Narrated By: Sarah Hepola

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: June 2015

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes


For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure.' She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.
But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure--the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return.


  • zack goss

    Fantastic... Raw... Beautiful. As a woman in recovery, I find this book so relatable. Right up there with Caroline Knapp and Mary Kate.

  • nab6215

    I have no idea why I chose to read this book, but I am glad I did. I couldn't relate to Sarah Hepola's drinking until blacking out, but I could relate to her journey to stop drinking. I especially appreciated her figuring out when in her life writing was not criticized. I used to write when I was young too. I was published in small magazines and local newspapers. When did I stop? So Sarah Hepola became sober and began to write sober and write well. I thank her for courage to publish her story.

  • Jennifer Cartwright

    Felt like I was the one experiencing it all!!! Amazingly well done!!!!

  • Kristy Wojhan

    this is the best book I've listened to yet. I listened to it 3 times, very well written. love it!!!

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