Leslie Jamison with Claire Dederer
The author of both much-praised fiction and non-fiction, including the "surprise" national bestseller, The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison visits tonight with a major new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown).
"Leslie Jamison writes about the highs of dependency and also about the highs of recovery. Her prose is so sharp and evocative that the reader feels the thrilling trickle of alcohol down the back of the throat, and breathes the struggle for health and freedom. Jamison demonstrates great wit, penetrating intellect, and an enormous heart. This strangely exhilarating book is about recovery, but it is more resonantly a book about desire, consciousness, kindness, self-control, and love—and hence a Tolstoyan study of the human condition." —Andrew Solomon.
"You don't need to be an addict to be enthralled by The Recovering. This book is for anyone interested in a dazzlingly brilliant, uncommonly compassionate, and often hilarious study of human nature. Leslie Jamison's work will definitely make you feel smarter—I'd like to borrow her brain to pick a fight with a couple of people—but The Recovering also reads like a gripping mystery as written by a subversive and deeply passionate philosopher. Her writing is unexpected, profound, and perverse—in short, a thrill to read." —Mary-Louise Parker.
With her in conversation this evening is Seattle-area writer Claire Dederer, author of last year’s heralded memoir, Love and Trouble. Co-presented with the Seattle Public Library. Free admission is on a first-come, first serve basis. Click below for more information.