I'm just happy to be here: a memoir of renegade mothering

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Pregnant at 21 by a man she'd known three months, Janelle Hanchett embraced motherhood with the determined optimism of the recklessly self-confident. After giving birth, she found herself bored, directionless, and seeking relief in wine, which she justified as sophisticated and going well with chicken. But over time, her questionable drinking habit spiraled into full-blown dependence, until life became bedtime stories and splitting hangovers, cubicles and multi-day drug binges--and eventually, an inconceivable separation from her children. For ten years, Hanchett grappled with the unyielding progression of addiction, bouncing from rehab to therapy to the occasional hippie cleansing ritual on her quest for sobriety, before finding it in a way she never expected. Hers is a story we rarely hear--of the addict mother not redeemed by her children; who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it; and who, having traveled to seemingly irreversible depths, makes it back, only to discover she is still an outsider. Like her irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and unflinchingly honest blog, Hanchett's memoir calls out the rhetoric surrounding "the sanctity of motherhood" as tired and empty, boldly recounting instead how she grew to accept an imperfect self within an imperfect life--and think, "Well, I'll be damned, I'm just happy to be here."
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subject_facetAlcoholics -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography
Alcoholics -- United States -- Biography
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Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography
Drug addicts -- United States -- Biography
Hanchett, Janelle
Motherhood
Mothers -- United States -- Biography
title_displayI'm just happy to be here : a memoir of renegade mothering
title_fullI'm Just Happy to Be Here A Memoir of Renegade Mothering
I'm just happy to be here : a memoir of renegade mothering / Janelle Hanchett
title_shortI'm just happy to be here
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topic_facetAlcoholics
Biography & Autobiography
Drug addicts
Family & Relationships
Hanchett, Janelle
Motherhood
Mothers
Nonfiction
Psychology
Rehabilitation