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We Are the Luckiest

The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life
Narrated by: Laura McKowen
Length: 7 hrs
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We Are the Luckiest is a masterpiece. It’s the truest, most generous, honest, and helpful sobriety memoir I’ve read. It’s going to save lives.” (Glennon Doyle, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior: A Memoir)

What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something - anything - else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky. 

But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.” 

Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.

©2020 Laura McKowen (P)2020 New World Library

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Didn’t want it to end!

I could listen to Laura McKowan forever. Her words are so full of truth and pain and love and compassion and wisdom. I’ve just finished, and I’m starting again. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this book, I will share it many times over, and listen to it many times over.

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  • Shrimp Ramen
  • 07-01-2020

Expansive, Forward Moving, Gentle

Incredibly tender and sweet renderings of navigating through unknown and tough experiences. Very realistic expectations of the time frames needed to wade through multi-layers of the onion of returning to the self. More validation and appreciation for how much chemical dependency overlaps with relationship dependencies (co-dependency) based on dynamics that got set up in early childhood. I was a big fan of McKowen's blog and both her podcasts previously, and look towards more of books being published. I binged on this title and will hopefully revisit it again for a slower listening a second time.

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  • S from PHX, AZ
  • 09-01-2020

Wow! An exceptional memoir

A masterpiece! I’ve read dozens of this genre and have to say this is the only one I listened to/read straight through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2020

Encouraging

This is a great book for anyone who is sober or just considering sobriety. Laura has a beautiful way of writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2020

Thank you

Raw, real, and penetratingly honest- an account without a candy coating but with hope and grit and grace. A nice little life indeed.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 08-01-2020

Powerful story of recovery and learning self-love

Very well told. A peak behind the curtain detailing the emotional rollercoaster that is recovery. As someone in recovery, I would recommend Laura's story to anyone touched by addiction, especially if you are trying to better understand the struggle of someone you love.

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  • Kathy Chattoraj
  • 16-01-2020

Wow - Brave

Laura McKowen gives a brave and raw rendition of her experience of what it means to get sober and live a sober life. She encouraged the reader to Forgive themselves of labels and definitions of alcoholism as a experience. There is a lot to take away from this.

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  • krista
  • 15-01-2020

read this book

I love every word in this book. Laura puts words to experiences we all have. You do not need to identify with "addiction" for this book to absorb into your life. It is magic.

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  • Jacquelynn Rankin
  • 15-01-2020

This book will save lives.

This book will save lives. Bravo 👏 Laura, your honesty will touch all who read or listen to this! ❤️

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  • Alissa Robinson
  • 15-01-2020

Amazing. An amazing and honest story.

I love this book and the author. this is a must is you are struggling with alcohol or soberity.

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  • Susie Swartz
  • 14-01-2020

Wonderful

Life changing memoir for anyone struggling with trying to figure out life. I loved it.

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  • Denise Tumulty
  • 17-01-2020

Could not recommend this enough 😊

This book is a gift, that needs to be shared. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey Laura ❤️

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  • Elizabeth
  • 12-01-2020

life changing

i preordered this book after listening to the authors interview with annie grace. it brought me to tears the depth i could relate to this woman and her story. The writing is engaging and the naration is incredibly personal. You can feel every word. What an inspiration to anybody struggling with addiction or on a path of aelf discovery. Thank you. We are the luckiest!

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  • tillymint
  • 11-01-2020

An inspiring, honest, authentic story of recovery

Laura McKowen has been inside my head! I identified so much with her writing. It's gripping, the way she writes is so visceral, you can almost feel it. She offers a roadmap for finding your way through not just sobriety but finding a better life for yourself. A truly lovely narration by the author; the nuance in her voice is quite moving at times.

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  • tania
  • 11-01-2020

fabulous

loved this book, didn't want it to end. Honest and insightful. Made me cry and laugh in even measures

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  • Jess Taylor
  • 10-01-2020

The most amazing read!

An honest and inspiring story that I’m sure will touch and change many lives, thank you.