Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

Category: Book
By (author): Whitaker, Holly
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  NON-FICTION / General
  SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcohol
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: Random House
Published: December 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical new path to sobriety.

"You don't know how much you need this book, or maybe you do. Either way, it will save your life."-Melissa Hartwig Urban, Whole30 co-founder and CEO

We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol's ubiquity-in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn't drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don't imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but.

When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What's more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. Fueled by her own emerging feminism, she also realized that the predominant systems of recovery are archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women and other historically oppressed people-who don't need to lose their egos and surrender to a male concept of God, as the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous state, but who need to cultivate a deeper understanding of their own identities and take control of their lives. When Holly found an alternate way out of her own addiction, she felt a calling to create a sober community with resources for anyone questioning their relationship with drinking, so that they might find their way as well. Her resultant feminine-centric recovery program focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge and provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, showing us what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it.

Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.
Review Quote*"An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself. Quit Like a Woman will change your relationship with alcohol-and it has the power to change your relationship with your entire life. Holly's revolutionary ideas about women and recovery blew me away."-Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising 

"As a culture, we have a weird and often dysfunctional relationship with alcohol. This thoughtful, moving book will help a lot of people get to a healthier place."-Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream

"I've long suspected that Holly Whitaker is a genius. This book is confirmation. It's a brilliantly clever, meticulously researched, fearless, snort-out-loud funny read that grabs you and won't let go. ‘Recovery' is not about fighting a lifelong disease; it's about freedom, empowerment, and recovering (uncovering?) who we were meant to become all along. Holly gets that-and embodies it. Holly and Tempest have what it takes to revolutionize the American recovery process."-Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

"Brave and revolutionary, Holly Whitaker has written a compulsively readable book about creating a life you don't want to escape. Funny, insightful, and candid, Quit Like a Woman is a must-read for anyone embarking on the adventure of abandoning alcohol. Timely and urgent, it will prompt a much-needed conversation on the role of Big Alcohol."-Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

"A vital, timely, and intriguing analysis of women and alcohol. Holly cuts to the quick of the issues, skillfully using gripping anecdotes, impeccable writing, and well-researched insights to educate, liberate, and provide real hope and tangible steps for anyone looking to quit like a woman. This important book will create a new generation of brave and empowered women."-Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

"Raw, vulnerable, and unapologetic. Holly Whitaker brings these ingredients together for a fresh and needed perspective as well as a great read."-Jud Brewer, MD, PhD, author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love-Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits

"[An] empowering mix of memoir and self-help aimed at women . . . a celebration of the nondrinking life [that] offers personal stories . . . and tips on managing one's recovery . . . Whitaker is an amiable narrator and her book serves as a helpful resource for those who wish to eliminate alcohol from their lives, and who want a glimpse at how liberating not drinking can be."-Publishers Weekly
Biographical NoteHolly Whitaker is the founder and CEO of Tempest (formerly Hip Sobriety). With years of experience in the fields of healthcare and tech, she created an individualized recovery program in 2014 through a virtual platform that offers education, community, and support services. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Mary Katherine.