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ISBN-13: 9781250039569
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador, 12/2013
Olivia Laing combines biography, travel writing, and literary criticism in this facinating examination of the role of alcohol in the lives and work of six notable American authors.  She is sympathetic towards her subjects but not sentimental, and though she appreciates their literary achievements she is honest about the ways in which alcohol destroyed their lives.  The Trip to Echo Spring is an original, complex, and beautifully written book. - Abraham

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