One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
—Annie Dillard

I grew up in a world where people kept secrets: it was taboo to talk about my mother’s problematic drinking. When I first discovered I too had a problem with drinking, I turned to memoirs to find my way forward. When I found recovery, my one wish was to write a book for all the women still struggling, numbing with alcohol. Writing Drink was one of the happiest experiences of my life, and when the book was finished, I knew I had broken the taboo. 

Read excerpts from Ann’s books, below.

Booze is a Loan Shark (PDF)

The Boy Can't Sleep (PDF)