Double Double

Double Double

A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism

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Baker & Taylor
The popular mystery writer and her son present a dual account of their struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, a parallel journey marked by poignant episodes of relapse, travel, and friendship.

Book News
In alternating chapters, bestselling mystery author Martha Grimes and her son Ken Grimes, a public relations professional, chronicle their highs and lows and their recoveries and relapses with humor and insight. While their journeys are very different--Martha Grimes began drinking as a young adult, and Ken Grimes began using alcohol and drugs in 9th grade--fortunately, they are both excellent writers. Their intertwining journeys take readers across decades and time zones in the US and Europe. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"The winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and her son present a dual account of their struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, a parallel journey marked by poignant episodes of relapse, travel and friendship. 35,000 first printing."

Simon and Schuster
From the opening paragraphs of Double Double:

“We were sitting in a coffee shop talking, looking at the view of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. This was ten years ago, and we had both been off alcohol for more than a decade. We were disagree­ing about the best way to stay sober when my mother said, ‘I think we should write a book about alcoholism.’

“I sat back. ‘We?’

“‘Both of us. Two points of view.’” —from the Foreword

Double Double is a unique, dual memoir of alcoholism, a disease that affects nearly 45 million Americans each year. People who suffer from alcoholism as well as their families and friends know that while it is possible to get sober, there is no one “right” way to do this.

Now, award-winning mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, offer two points of view on their struggles with alcoholism. In alternating chapters, they share their stories—stories of drinking, recovery, relapse, friendship, travel, work, success, and failure.

For Martha, it was about drinking martinis at home, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. For Ken, it was partying in bars and clubs. Each hit bottom. Martha spent time doing outpatient reha­bilitation, once in 1990 and again two years later. Ken began twelve-step recovery. This candid memoir describes how different both the disease and the recovery can look in two different people—even two people who are mother and son.

Double Double is an intensely personal and illuminating book, filled with insights, humor, a little self-deprecation, and a lot of self-evaluation. Anyone who has faced alcoholism will identify with parts of this book. All readers will find these pages revealing, moving, and compelling.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476724089
Branch Call Number: 362.292 GRI
Characteristics: xxi, 213 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grimes, Ken


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ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

"Author Martha Grimes, best known for her Richard Jury mysteries, was heavily addicted to alcohol for 30 years, finally seeking help in 1990. Her son Ken became an alcoholic at age 13, also going into therapy in 1990. Alternating chapters in this memoir that focuses on their alcoholism, their relationship with each other, and their recovery, the mother and son duo explore the nature of addiction with honesty and eloquence, providing insight into the individual yet universal qualities of their experiences." August 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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