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Drunken Angel: A Memoir
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Alan Kaufman's novel Matches was published by Little, Brown and Company in the Fall of 2005. David Mamet has called Matches an extraordinary war novel, and Dave Eggers has written that there is more passion here then you see in twenty other books combined. Kaufman's critically-acclaimed memoir, Jew Boy (Fromm/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), has appeared in three editions, hardcover and paperback, in the United States and Great Britain.Kaufman is the award-winning editor of several anthologies, the most recent of which, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, was recently reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. There are two more volumes in Kaufman's Outlaw anthology series: The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Essays. He has taught in the graduate and undergraduate schools of the Academy of Art University and in writing workshops in San Francisco. His work has appeared in Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Partisan Review, and The San Francisco Examiner. Kaufman has been widely anthologized, most recently in Nothing Makes You Free: Writings From Descendents of Holocaust Survivors (WW Norton). Kaufman is a member of PEN American Center. Kaufman's papers and manuscripts are on deposit in the Special Collections Library of the University of Delaware and he is profiled in the Europa Biographical Reference Series.

Reviews

"This is one of those books that speaks to you on many levels, but at the end of the day you will not be able to look at life the same. Simple, satisfying and full of lessons for all that are willing to learn, "Drunken Angel" proves that no matter how much work it takes we can still come out better on the other side."
--Lunch.com
"Anyone looking for an extraordinarily well-written tale of personal redemption, of overcoming addiction and finding a joyous and rewarding life on the other side, get a copy of "Drunken Angel" and read it, cover to cover. You'll be glad you did."
--Addiction Treatment
"This type of memoir can often feel predictable, but what makes Kaufman's stand out is the passion with which he throws himself into recovery... In a less talented writer's hands, a work like this might have come off like testimonial, but Kaufman is an amazing writer who really nails the recovery milieu. His work reminds me of Harry Crews, who famously presented on the page the poverty stricken deep South of his own childhood. What Crews did for depression-era Georgia sharecroppers, Kaufman does for people recovering in 12-step programs. Drunken Angel tells in pitch-perfect language and tone what recovery from alcoholism by going to 12-step meetings is like ... Kaufman has a great capacity to surprise and delight ...a testament to the human spirit and will to survive."
--Internet Review of Books
"Kaufman -- who also wrote the books "Matches" and "Jewboy" -- describes wild and dangerous binge drinking as powerfully as masters of the genre, like Charles Bukowski and Frederick Exley."
--The Jewish Daily Foreword Reviews
"In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde arts advocate... A clearly articulated roadmap to freedom for the addict, "Drunken Angel" is an easy and exciting memoir. This outlaw hero is someone to cheer for..." --"Foreword Re
"Anyone looking for an extraordinarily well-written tale of personal redemption, of overcoming addiction and finding a joyous and rewarding life on the other side, get a copy of "Drunken Angel" and read it, cover to cover. You'll be glad you did."
--Addiction Treatment
"This type of memoir can often feel predictable, but what makes Kaufman's stand out is the passion with which he throws himself into recovery... In a less talented writer's hands, a work like this might have come off like testimonial, but Kaufman is an amazing writer who really nails the recovery milieu. His work reminds me of Harry Crews, who famously presented on the page the poverty stricken deep South of his own childhood. What Crews did for depression-era Georgia sharecroppers, Kaufman does for people recovering in 12-step programs. Drunken Angel tells in pitch-perfect language and tone what recovery from alcoholism by going to 12-step meetings is like ... Kaufman has a great capacity to surprise and delight ...a testament to the human spirit and will to survive."
--Internet Review of Books
"Kaufman -- who also wrote the books "Matches" and "Jewboy" -- describes wild and dangerous binge drinking as powerfully as masters of the genre, like Charles Bukowski and Frederick Exley."
--The Jewish Daily Foreword Reviews
"In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde arts advocate... A clearly articulated roadmap to freedom for the addict, "Drunken Angel" is an easy and exciting memoir. This outlaw hero is someone to cheer for..." --"Foreword Reviews"
"[An] addictive memoir of self-destruction, recuperation and a literary coming-of-age." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Whether the subject is parental abuse, alcoholism, or the travails of the writing life, Kaufman's ("Jew Boy; Matches") memoir violently grabs your attention, refusing to let up until he's had his say. This is a br
"This type of memoir can often feel predictable, but what makes Kaufman's stand out is the passion with which he throws himself into recovery... In a less talented writer's hands, a work like this might have come off like testimonial, but Kaufman is an amazing writer who really nails the recovery milieu. His work reminds me of Harry Crews, who famously presented on the page the poverty stricken deep South of his own childhood. What Crews did for depression-era Georgia sharecroppers, Kaufman does for people recovering in 12-step programs. Drunken Angel tells in pitch-perfect language and tone what recovery from alcoholism by going to 12-step meetings is like ... Kaufman has a great capacity to surprise and delight ...a testament to the human spirit and will to survive."
--Internet Review of Books
"Kaufman -- who also wrote the books "Matches" and "Jewboy" -- describes wild and dangerous binge drinking as powerfully as masters of the genre, like Charles Bukowski and Frederick Exley."
--The Jewish Daily Foreword Reviews
"In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde arts advocate... A clearly articulated roadmap to freedom for the addict, "Drunken Angel" is an easy and exciting memoir. This outlaw hero is someone to cheer for..." --"Foreword Reviews"
"[An] addictive memoir of self-destruction, recuperation and a literary coming-of-age." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Whether the subject is parental abuse, alcoholism, or the travails of the writing life, Kaufman's ("Jew Boy; Matches") memoir violently grabs your attention, refusing to let up until he's had his say. This is a brutish and riveting trek through a talented and severely alcoholic psyche. Those who persist are rewarded with stylish, intense writing and the intimate details of the author's metamorphosis." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Alan Kaufman, the author of the lively but exasperating au
"In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde arts advocate... A clearly articulated roadmap to freedom for the addict, "Drunken Angel" is an easy and exciting memoir. This outlaw hero is someone to cheer for..." --"Foreword Reviews"
"[An] addictive memoir of self-destruction, recuperation and a literary coming-of-age." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Whether the subject is parental abuse, alcoholism, or the travails of the writing life, Kaufman's ("Jew Boy; Matches") memoir violently grabs your attention, refusing to let up until he's had his say. This is a brutish and riveting trek through a talented and severely alcoholic psyche. Those who persist are rewarded with stylish, intense writing and the intimate details of the author's metamorphosis." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Alan Kaufman, the author of the lively but exasperating autobiography of alcoholism, Drunken Angel, sweetens th
"[An] addictive memoir of self-destruction, recuperation and a literary coming-of-age." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Whether the subject is parental abuse, alcoholism, or the travails of the writing life, Kaufman's ("Jew Boy; Matches") memoir violently grabs your attention, refusing to let up until he's had his say. This is a brutish and riveting trek through a talented and severely alcoholic psyche. Those who persist are rewarded with stylish, intense writing and the intimate details of the author's metamorphosis." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Alan Kaufman, the author of the lively but exasperating autobiography of alcoholism, Drunken Angel, sweetens the pot considerably. He drops so many names, and finds himself involved in so many improbably episodes of transnational mayhem and kinky sex, that the escapades could almost fill a Bond novel. But to be fair, there's nothing debonair going on here... Alan Kaufman is more Jack Kerouac than James Bond: One of the founding members of Califor
"Alan Kaufman, the author of the lively but exasperating autobiography of alcoholism, Drunken Angel, sweetens the pot considerably. He drops so many names, and finds himself involved in so many improbably episodes of transnational mayhem and kinky sex, that the escapades could almost fill a Bond novel. But to be fair, there's nothing debonair going on here... Alan Kaufman is more Jack Kerouac than James Bond: One of the founding members of California's Spoken Word scene, editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Kaufman bounced through the beat/hippie/downtown scenes in New York, and San Francisco and Israel, writing for Jewish publications, treating his wives shabbily, and blacking out all over whatever town he happened to be in. It's not pretty, and it's not meant to be."
--Dirk Hanson, Addiction Inbox
"With an outsized heart to go with its outsized thirst, "Drunken Angel" tells the sort of truths that feel like myths and the sort of myths that feel like truth.
--Da
"With an outsized heart to go with its outsized thirst, "Drunken Angel" tells the sort of truths that feel like myths and the sort of myths that feel like truth.
--Daniel Handler, author of "Adverb, "

""Drunken Angel" reads like a recovery memoir written in another time, from another generation, though it's of the present. Alan Kaufman's story is riveting: raw in its passion and lacerating in its testimony."
--Oscar Villalon, former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, board member of the National Book Critics Circle
"As engrossing, moving and honest a literary memoir as one will ever read, "Drunken Angel" is that rare combination of aching beauty and haunting truth, all made vivid and alive with a poetry that is both turbulent and profoundly wise. Alan Kaufman takes his readers on a Jewish Huck Finn journey of addiction, regret, and rage. With his immense literary gifts as a storyteller, he turns the jagged, jaded tale of his life into a true work of art



"With an outsized heart to go with its outsized thirst, "Drunken Angel" tells the sort of truths that feel like myths and the sort of myths that feel like truth.
--Daniel Handler, author of "Adverb, "

""Drunken Angel" reads like a recovery memoir written in another time, from another generation, though it's of the present. Alan Kaufman's story is riveting: raw in its passion and lacerating in its testimony."
--Oscar Villalon, former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, board member of the National Book Critics Circle
"As engrossing, moving and honest a literary memoir as one will ever read, "Drunken Angel" is that rare combination of aching beauty and haunting truth, all made vivid and alive with a poetry that is both turbulent and profoundly wise. Alan Kaufman takes his readers on a Jewish Huck Finn journey of addiction, regret, and rage. With his immense literary gifts as a storyteller, he turns the jagged, jaded tale of his life into a true work of

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