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  • The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
  • Written by: Holly Whitaker
  • Narrated by: Holly Whitaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (572 ratings)

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Written by: Holly Whitaker
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself.”—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

“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

The founder of the first female-focused recovery program offers a groundbreaking look at alcohol and a radical new path to sobriety.

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.

©2020 Holly Whitaker (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself. It will change your relationship with alcohol—and it has the power to change your relationship with your entire life.”—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

“A funny, fast-paced, and bracingly candid dispatch from the realm of the self-actualized, but Holly Whitaker is no polished model of self-help evangelism, nor is her memoir-manifesto selling a one-size-fits-all solution. Her story is a messy human one and all the more convincing that sobriety is a feminist issue.”—Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me

“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 and Lost Connections

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Every woman needs to read this book!

I truly believe that every woman needs to read this book! It's a fantastic book about ditching the booze and loving yourself more!

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I loved that she disected her relationship with alcohol. love her activism and experiences when recovering. she also give a great way to be sober without AA

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Amazing Raw Honest Powerful Real

I loved this book SO much. Holly pulls no punches. She is honest, brutally honest and speaks truth about the alcohol soaked world we live in. She also tells us the truth about how we can choose to NOT drink and still live happily in said world! If you are ready and if you are brave....read or listen to this book. Change your life. Be happy! Feel better!

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Disappointing

I wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, it felt more like an endless repetitive rant against AA and the patriarchy than a book about sobriety.

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I hate this book

Got halfway through and gave up. It really dragged on and seemed very repetitive not worth the money.

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Helpful and compassionate

a wonderful book! not just for those who want to stop negative coping skills via unhealthy practices which ANY woman would benefit from hearing . well worth your time.

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More about social justification

So I finished Quit Like A Woman. Meh 😑
She is a man hater, a head strong opinionated person focused on social justification. And her tactics are abrasive. She is a radical. Very black and white. I got her point on the drinking but this book turned into something I wasn’t interested in: politics and hatred. And she is grossly graphic on her sexual encounters and men. I can’t even write what she put in the last 21 minutes of her book. Unnecessary and gross. I will never recommend this book.

“Recovery is the resistance”. That’s is how she ends it, laced with political and social wrongs in society.

I am one for justification! But She primarily blames drugs and alcohol for all social problems.

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Excellent

This is a great book for anyone wanting inspiration to give up alcohol or to better understand why we drink, even "moderately". Tales of struggle, life in sobriety, and the science around what alcohol does to our brains and bodies. I binged the whole book in a weekend and have already re-listened to some chapters again. Super smart and incredibly convincing; this one will help you question the role alcohol plays in your life.

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Inspiring

I loved listening to this book. The fresh perspective on alcoholism and how it ties into today’s skewed society was very well done. The author has inspired me to further educate myself on most of the subjects that she discusses: sexism, AA, mental health, white/male dominance and much more.

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unnecessarily foul mouthed

probably a good book but way too many f bombs. I barely got through the first chapter and deleted it

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