Sober stories

When Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, they created one of the landmark organizations of the modern era. Two new books, one a biography of Wilson, the other a personal theological reflection, offer penetrating insights into the problem of alcohol abuse and the spiritual nature of the AA recovery program.

In a compelling, well-researched and beautifully written—even poetic—biography of Wilson, novelist Susan Cheever tells the story of this intellectual dynamo. Born in a small Vermont town in the waning years of the 19th century, Wilson was a child of divorce. Abandoned first by his father, then by his mother, he was raised by his grandparents. His life was haunted by loss—not only of parents, but of a true love who died young, friends, home, numerous jobs—and sobriety.


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