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Author Leslie Jamison distills recovery from ‘the whiskey-and-ink mythology’

On her website, Leslie Jamison writes: “I've worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they're still in me.” On her way through those worlds, Jamison dealt with alcohol addiction. She tracked that experience —  from inception to recovery — in her new memoir “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.”

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Jamison’s other books include the novel “The Gin Closet” and the essay collection “The Empathy Exams.” She is an assistant professor in Columbia University’s School of the Arts MFA program. She read from her work and spoke with Seattle-area author Claire Dederer at Seattle’s Central Library on April 10. The event was presented by The Seattle Public Library and The Elliott Bay Book Company.

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