Sober Stick Figure is a memoir from stand-up comedian Amber Tozer, chronicling her life as an alcoholic - starting with her first drink at the age of seven - and her eventual recovery. Amber writes about the crazy and harsh truths of being raised by alcoholics, becoming one herself, stagnating in denial for years, and finally getting sober.
As a teenager Amber is an overachieving student athlete who copes with her family's alcoholic tragedies by focusing on her achievements. It quickly takes a funny and dark turn when she starts to experiment with booze and ignores the warning signs of alcoholism. Through blackouts, cringe-worthy embarrassments, and pounding hangovers, she convinces herself that she "just likes to party". She leaves her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to follow her dreams and ends up in New York City, spending lots of time binge drinking, passing out on trains, and telling jokes onstage. She then moves to Los Angeles, thinking sunshine and show business will save her.
Eventually hitting rock bottom, she has a moment of clarity and knows she has to stop drinking. It's now been seven years since that last drink, and she's ready to tell her story. Sober Stick Figure is adventurous, hilarious, sad, sweet, tragic - and ultimately inspiring.
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"Author's voice unbearable"
I couldn't get through more than an hour of this book. The author's voice is whiny and obnoxious. The writing is not very compelling and the author seems to take pride in being a bratty teenager. Not worth the listen.
"keep coming back"
thank you. hope you are still sober. enjoyed your story. been there done that. Glad we are still alive to laugh at ourselves and of course, share the message.
"A must read for anyone struggling with addiction."
I love the brutal honesty portrayed by the writing. You can really trust the author and how she tells her tale.
I like how the author is a normal person like you and me. Her story is one that so many people can relate to because she grew up in a small town. The same small town I did... Wait... She is my cousin! hahahahahaha I was gonna keep this troll going as long as I can but decided since my favorite thing about the book is the honesty, I should do the same.
I have seen her perform standup many times and this performance is different. Yes it is a story like the comedy she slays on the daily. This is much different though, because it is the story of her life and what she has been through.
I can't pick one moment, but I would have to say the moments that she reveals personal epiphanies are the most impactful for me.
Buy It, read it, love it, share it!
My desire for hearing the stories of addicts who see the light.
That she transformed from someone I did not like into someone I liked and could relate to.
The incident with Latte' the dog.
I did not appreciate her language (especially the many JFCs)
"Very honest and moving!"
Amber Tozer is brutally honest in her memoir about her life with depression and alcohol addiction. I appreciate the courage and strength it must have taken to tell her story. I believe her book will provide much hope to the millions of people still suffering in the world today. It was relatable and very moving! Thank you for sharing, Amber!
"Vulgarity Overpowers Msg"
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I applaud anyone willing to share their experience, strength and hope. The author should be commended for that. However, I found the vulgarity and lengthy drunk-o-logue overpowered the msg.
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, raw, redemptive"
Gets alcoholism's insanity down perfectly. Tells the solution for alcoholics in a non preachy perfect portion. Recommend highly. Funny woman. Great storyteller.
"Relatable but kind of meh"
I enjoyed this book as a woman in recovery. Amber Tozer is honest in her telling that she didn't have to do a complete down and out. She writes about 9/11 and the effects that had on her. How her alcoholic father played a role in her addiction. It was relatable on a lot of levels. There were times when she was reading and I was like "I know that feeling" she praises sobriety and all the amazing things it has done for her. I love that. A good read for someone trying to get sober or understand alcoholism.
"Waiting for the punch line......."
Thought it was slow and the reader seemed flat. It seemed to go on and on... same story different day. I thought since she was a comic that there might be some humor... Alcoholism really is not funny. Glad she told her story but it was not my favorite read.
"Great Story But I Didn't Like the Narration"
Funny. Brave. Inspirational.
I'd compare it to The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman. I'd say it had a lot to do with being funny, but very little to do with getting sober. That being said I loved Tozer's story and it is inspirational. I just don't think she included enough information for those struggling with addiction to learn something.
No. I'd read another one of her books, but she wasn't the best narrator. The only reason why I'm giving her a pass is that it's a memoir and written by herself.
Laugh. Cry. Get Sober. I did it, and So Can You.--Obviously would be Amber Tozer's Voice.
Even though the narration was poor and it wasn't too much about getting sober, I'd say it was a very impressive memoir. You can tell Tozer was really inspired and that she was able to convey a very dark part of her life in funny circumstances.
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