Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir by Lisa F. Smith

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Read Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir Online Free - “Gripping…Readers will root for this extraordinary woman as she travels the path to recovery, healing, and triumph over addiction; her riveting story will inspire both those who have been there and those who have not.” - Publishers Weekly

"Lisa Smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of ‘Sex and the Psych Ward.’ It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down."

--Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch

“Whether she’s telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch showing up
for her niece’s birth and meet her coke dealer, or staging her own semi-intervention,
Smith takes us into the mind of someone who’s completely in control while being
radically out of control. This girl may have walked out of a bar, but she’s walked into
one of the best addiction memoirs I’ve ever read.”

--Anna David, New York Times best-selling author of Party Girl, Bought, and Editor-in-Chief of After Party Magazine

“Raw, naked and unflinching, Girl Walks Out of A Bar catapults the reader into the sordid, desperate reality of high-functioning addiction: the booze, the coke, the lies; the denial, the depression, the blackouts. All are on full display as New York lawyer Lisa Smith loses herself in a deep and all-too-human descent into perpetual numbing. A chilling, cautionary tale.”

--Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in NYC when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith’s formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspire with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city’s clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.

Title : Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir
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ISBN : 1590793218
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Peter rated it ★★★☆☆

March 22, 2017

I've read tons of recovery memoirs and I have to say it wasn't my favorite. That being said, the story was well written and compelling and my best friend loved it but I just didn't connect with the writer. Check out my full review on my booktube channel

Theresa rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2017

When I finished this book (as an ebook), I was a shocked by how many I-was-an-addict-who-got-sober stories that were recommended to me (“If you liked this book, here are fifty more similar books . . .) I like these stories of successful people who lost everything and then claw their way back up t...

Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2016

Eye opening first hand account of the horrors of addiction. You never know the types of battles that others are fighting...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2016

Full disclosure: I learned of this book because it was the winner of the pitch Week Competition at When Words Count Writer's Retreat, a contest which I currently have a book competing in. I anxiously awaited its release and began trading it as soon as I finished the book I had open when it was re...

Karyl rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2016

One of my favorite shows on television is "Intervention." I do love watching these types of shows because unlike some folks, I don't use them to feel better about my own life, but because I truly love to see it when someone is able to turn his life around and be the best person he can be. I am al...

Jenni rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2016

I absolutely loved Girl Walks Out of a Bar! From the first sentence of the book, I couldn't put down Lisa Smith's compelling and incredibly honest memoir, giving a "behind the scenes" view into addiction in high-pressure corporate law. She keeps nothing from the reader, taking you with her on the...

Marie rated it ★★★☆☆

February 19, 2017

The main thing I came away with having read this book is amazement at how much abuse a body can withstand. Reading this book was like rubbernecking at a horrible auto accident. Unfortunately the recovery description, coming very late in the book was glossed over and seemed rushed. However, it is...

Carrie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 29, 2017

Long drawn out story of a privileged woman with supportive family and friends, a high paying job and the ability to seemingly come out on top, despite dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Anne rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

Could not put it down!

Philip rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2016

Reading this book, looking over the author`s shoulder as she sinks into a serious drinking problem, you want to tap her on the shoulder and ask," Why are you doing this, why?" At one point she admits to drinking two bottles of wine a day, by a random count. Plus cocaine. And she still manages to...

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