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Sober Stick Figure
Sober Stick Figure: A Memoir | Amber Tozer
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Sober Stick Figure is a memoir from stand-up comedian Amber Tozer, chronicling her life as an alcoholic and her eventual recovery starting with her first drink at the age of sevenall told with the help of childlike stick figures. Amber writes and illustrates 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 familys 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 on stage. 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. Its now been seven years since that last drink, and shes ready to tell her story. Sober Stick Figure is adventurous, hilarious, sad, sweet, tragicand ultimately inspiring.
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hermyknee
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Pick pick pick pick pick! I adore this book and I‘m sure I‘ll read it & listen to it again. The physical copy is amazing because it includes all the stick figure drawings, but the audio is amazing because Amber Tozer is hilarious and she narrates her drawings and I think in some cases it‘s EVEN BETTER! But BEST is when you have BOTH! 💙💛💛

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hermyknee
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“Sobriety doesn‘t make you automatically smart; it teaches you painful lessons until you become less stupid. And I felt like Karma was strangling me to death.” - Amber Tozer

BlameJennyJane My 25 year old step-daughter is currently in court-ordered treatment in hopes of reducing jail time for her third OWI... and... hopefully finding recovery this time. She requested we send her some books about getting sober and I knew right where to come for inspiration for that. Thanks @hermyknee ! ❤️ 9mo
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BlameJennyJane Thank you so much! I‘m gonna place an order today. 🤗 9mo
hermyknee @BlameJennyJane I‘m about to give this book a re-read (when I originally read it, I wasn‘t trying to stop drinking so her journey toward sobriety irritated me, but I think I‘ll get a lot out of it now!): 9mo
BlameJennyJane @hermyknee I actually ordered Blackout the other day as well and just got it yesterday for her! 9mo
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hermyknee
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“But getting sober was tough. As much as I want to sell you on it and as much as I want anyone who is struggling with booze and drugs to get sober (because it is the most amazing thing in the fucking world), it‘s not easy. I think if it were easy, more people would do it. Recovery is fucking hard.”

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JenReadsAlot I'm going to recommend this book! 9mo
hermyknee @JenReadsAlot it‘s really good 9mo
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hermyknee
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“It‘s been over seven years since that moment on the air mattress and I haven‘t had a drink since.... I hope by the time you‘re reading this, I haven‘t relapsed and am like, “I decided to start drinking again and I‘m also doing heroine - thanks for buying my book about getting sober and funding my new drug problem!” That‘s how tricky alcoholism is. I could fuck up at any moment.” - Amber Tozer

Crazeedi Congrats! You're a winner, keep it up! 😍 9mo
BethM You‘ve totally got this! 9mo
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hermyknee
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”I eventually fell asleep on an air mattress in the living room. When I woke up, I don‘t know if it was God or the cocaine, but I had an out of body experience that was so intense I became fully aware that I had to stop drinking. It was a moment in time where the only thing that existed was the clearest thought that I had ever had in my life which was ‘you have got to stop drinking. If you don‘t, your life is going to be awful.‘” - Amber Tozer

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hermyknee
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True 😂

MommyOfTwo 😂 9mo
Alfoster I‘ll be right over!😀 9mo
BiblioLitten 🤣🤣 9mo
rabbitprincess I was ASTOUNDED to learn that Long Island Iced Tea doesn't have any iced tea in it! False advertising 😕 9mo
hermyknee @rabbitprincess they‘re SO dangerous. And really not good. 9mo
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hermyknee
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Omg I‘m loving this! I also downloaded the audio version and her narration of the cartoons is spot on. So funny!

Chrissyreadit That‘s funny! 9mo
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hermyknee
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I had a #treatyoself moment on Monday and ordered this one from amazon - just came in today! Looking forward to reading it 💙💙💙

JoScho That looks great! 9mo
hermyknee I‘ve just started it and I‘m really enjoying it! Her stick figure drawings are my faaavvve 💛 9mo
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NatalieR
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A very creatively written memoir with drawings of stick figures to illustrate the pain addiction causes. I applaud Amber Tozer's strength in sharing her experience and personal growth.

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ShelfSpaceLimited
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This was a really good memoir full of hilarity and honesty. A quick read that made me laugh and also touched my heart.

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Nitabasu
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Tozer's memoir reads like a casual chat about her journey out of addiction while being painstakingly honest about sobriety, self-esteem (or lack thereof) and gratitude. Could not stop giggling throughout. ❤️

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Nitabasu
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Fucking love this book.

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Nitabasu
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Excited to start this one. Seems right up my alley.

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bermudaonion
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Tozer's memoir about surviving alcoholism is gut-wrenching and uplifting. I found the stick figure drawings a little gimmicky but the story is well worth reading.

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