Erica Barnett joins Sandeep Kaushick for a lively discussion of her memoir Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery.
Erica Barnett had her first sip of alcohol when she was thirteen, and she quickly developed a taste for drinking to oblivion with her friends. In her late twenties, her addiction became inescapable. By the time she was in her late thirties, Erica had run the gauntlet of alcoholism. She had recovered and relapsed time and again, but after each new program or detox center she would find herself far from rehabilitated.
With remarkably brave and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands on her personal story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts.
About Erica Barnett
Erica C. Barnett is a Seattle-based political reporter. She started her career at the Texas Observer, the venerable progressive magazine co-founded by Molly Ivins, and went on to work as a reporter and news editor for the Austin Chronicle, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. She now covers addiction, housing, poverty, and drug policy at her blog, The C Is for Crank. She has written for a variety of local and national publications, including The Huffington Post, Seattle Magazine, and Grist.
About Sandeep Kaushik
A partner at Sound View Strategies (SVS), Sandeep Kaushik is a political and public affairs consultant in Seattle. Prior to that he worked as a political columnist/writer for Seattle’s alt-weekly, the Stranger, and as Seattle correspondent for Time Magazine and the Boston Globe. Sandeep currently serves on the board of the Downtown Emergency Services Center and on the Folio board. He lives in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood with his wife and two children.