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04 August 2005 @ 06:17 pm
Just a quick post to suggest that everyone read "Smashed" by Koren Zailckas.

I picked it up only because she's a Syracuse alum and therefore I heard a lot about the book just before it was released this year, but as it turns out I thought the book was wonderfully written- she's a very insightful, talented girl. I probably related even more because many things she described about SU were familiar, but the book was mainly about her alcohol abuse throughout adolescence, college, and into her post-college years. Anyone who's blacked out, or been hung over, or done something they wish they didn't will relate. Anyone who's ever drank, starved, cut, or any other form of self-destruction in order to function, or be more social, or calm some anxiety within, will relate. And those of us who are attempting to pick up the pieces can relate all the more to her anger by the end of the book, an anger at, in her words, a "world that won't rescue girls until we're long past the point of saving."

I'm reading a couple Jane Austen's next- Sense & Sensibility and Emma, because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I've never read anything else by Austen (though I did just read "The Jane Austen book club" by Karen Joy Fowler, which I'd also recommend).
C.A.T.D.O.T.E.L.wickedsin on August 5th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
I'll definitely check it out