A Drinking Life: A Memoir by Pete Hamill

As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
A Drinking Life: A Memoir Paperback 106217 $7.00 $0.99 1995
A Drinking Life Hardcover 837809 $4.40 $0.01 1994
A Drinking Life: A Memoir Paperback 1054481 $3.50 $0.01 1995
A Drinking Life: A Memoir Kindle Edition 231829 2008