A Memoir in Poetry
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
This book is a memoir in poetry—describing how, for years, the author went through life with a bottle in one hand and a man in the other, and how through sobriety she became a woman who is no longer empty inside and who has no need to escape reality. It is a journey of self-discovery, of waking up to her life, and the many joys it always held. It’s the journey the AA program makes possible—and indeed seems a requirement for continuous sobriety.
Molly's poetry has been published in Ms., The Paris Review, Antioch Review, Northwest Review, Works, and in the Borestone Mountain Poetry volume, The Best Poems of 1977. She is also the author of The Biological Clock: Balancing Marriage, Motherhood and Career (Doubleday 1987; Penguin 1988). Her articles have been published in The Paris Review, Quest/77, People, Women’s Day, and other magazines. She has been an editor at The Paris Review and New York Magazine as well as other magazines.
“Alcoholism is slow-motion suicide. Molly McKaughan endured unspeakable tragedy and sank toward despair. These poems are quietly beautiful meditations on lives she lost and the one she saved, her own. It is a guidepost on the path back from oblivion.” —Jed Horne, author Desire Street and Breach of Faith .
“A collection of heartfelt and insightful reflections on one woman’s extraordinary journey searching to find her truth.” —Zara Phillips, author of Somebody’s Daughter - a moving journey of discovery, recovery and adoption
“Molly’s poems reflect the miracle of AA, how we learn to live with both joy and sorrow without a drink in hand. Indeed, this is the miracle of our fellowship.” —Helen J., a sober sister