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Publisher's Summary

A sober hedonist's guide to living a decadent, wild, and soulful life - alcohol-free.

In a culture where sipping "rosé all day" is seen as the epitome of relaxation, "grabbing a drink" the only way to network; and meeting at a bar the quintessential "first date", many of us are left wondering if drinking alcohol really is the only way to cultivate joy and connection in life. 

Jardine Libaire and Amanda Eyre Ward wanted to live spontaneous and luxurious lives, to escape the ordinary and enjoy the intoxicating. Their drinking, however, had started to numb them to the present moment instead of unlocking it. Ward was introduced to Libaire when she first got sober. As they became friends, the two women talked about how they yearned to create lives that were Technicolor, beautifully raw, connected, blissed out, and outside the lines...but how? 

In The Sober Lush, Libaire and Ward provide a road map for living a lush and sensual life without booze. This audiobook offers ideas and instruction for such nonalcoholic joys as: 

  • The allure of "the Vanish", in which one disappears early from the party without saying good-bye to a soul, to amble home under the stars 
  • The art of creating zero-proof cocktails for all seasons 
  • Having a fantastic first date while completely sober 
  • A primer on setting up your own backyard beehive and honey tastings 

For anyone curious about lowering their alcohol consumption or quitting drinking altogether, or anyone established in sobriety who wants inspiration, this shimmering and sumptuous audiobook will show you how to keep indulging in life even if you stop indulging in alcohol.

Includes a PDF of the appendix in the book.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“This wonderful book has everything, incredible writing, laugh-out-loud moments, raw storytelling, honesty, friendship, humor and sex. Read this book! I absolutely loved it. Sober Lush truly shifts your mindset about how incredible and fulfilling a sober life can be! Sober Lush is a provoking read that left me wanting more.” (Annie Grace, author and founder of This Naked Mind)

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  • Peggy Petrey
  • 2020-07-18

This could have simply been called Lush Living

Even if you’re not currently seeking sobriety or maybe you’ve already reached sobriety, Amanda and Jardines stories invite you on a joy-ride of sense-driven experiences that will open your mind to seeking a more fulfilled life. The freedom they share here is not that of hanging on white knuckled until hopefully alcohol mysteriously disappeared from their desired list, but rather an intentional opening of their taste buds, new delightful ways to see and experience life all over—soberly. Their tales will give you ideas, maybe even challenge you a little and definitely leave you wanting a bigger outcome than simply walking away from drinking. You’ll never experience anything quite the same, which is exactly why I turned away from alcohol, to run forward into living fully. I’m always wary of books narrated by someone other than the author(s). Eileens reading instantly welcomes us as if she is one of the authors. Her intonation and familiarity of the words come off as if she’s had a front row seat to everyone of Amanda and Jardines experiences. She made it so easy to melt into the book from the first line. Really the best narrator I’ve ever heard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-12

Simply AMAZING!

This book was so amazing. It explains so perfectly the feelings of appreciating life sober. I want to read it again already!

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  • Molly Gavin
  • 2020-11-28

just ok

I have read a lot of "quit lit" and while beautifully written, it was a struggle to get through at times. More for those who like poetry than self help.

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  • Jessica
  • 2020-11-14

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  • JillB71
  • 2020-10-14

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I appreciate the effort , but so boring. Just because you stop drinking doesn’t mean you go dumb (actually the opposite) and need to be told how to have a nice picnic! Lame.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-21

Pretentious

not relatable whatsoever. I felt like she was bragging the entire time . she knows so much more than everyone so hip

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  • Jason A. Schwartz
  • 2020-07-11

Lovely

Loved this book. The narrator was awesome, very enjoyable to listen to. The book itself was very inspiring.