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"For me, reading has always been about seeing life through someone else’s eyes. This particular memoir is an interesting account of how a person very similar to me in upbringing (small-town Ohio), goals (the basics of the American Dream), and interests (friends, fitting in, and being a bit of an English geek) can veer dramatically away from a life much like my own because of alcoholism. This book is entertaining—much of the time in a cringeworthy way—and heartfelt. It sheds light on the narcissism so often interwoven with those in the throws of addiction, and is a true testament to how recovery is possible." 

"For me, reading has always been about seeing life through someone else’s eyes. This particular memoir is an interesting account of how a person very similar to me in upbringing (small-town Ohio), goals (the basics of the American Dream), and interests (friends, fitting in, and being a bit of an English geek) can veer dramatically away from a life much like my own because of alcoholism. This book is entertaining—much of the time in a cringeworthy way—and heartfelt. It sheds light on the narcissism so often interwoven with those in the throws of addiction, and is a true testament to how recovery is possible." 

Bottleneck is an eye opening account of the disastrous consequences of alcohol addiction and the hopefulness of second chances. Paul’s richly descriptive memoir is hard to put down. It takes you on a roller coaster of emotions while engulfing you in the story as if you are sitting around a campfire- or even riding shotgun in his Jeep Wrangler on one of his long drives between Ohio and Arizona while he lays it all out on the line. Well done Paul, on the book, and your commitment to your health, your sobriety, your family and your future.

This is my first memoir and it is one to gauge all others on. I felt like I was there with him the entire time, struggling with his decisions and situations in life. Paul's way of relating situations to common experiences really was quite amazing. I am the type that loves a good Koontz, King, or Crichton book and this one is every bit as captivating. Thank you Paul for all of your honesty and opening yourself up to help others.

This is my first memoir and it is one to gauge all others on. I felt like I was there with him the entire time, struggling with his decisions and situations in life. Paul's way of relating situations to common experiences really was quite amazing. I am the type that loves a good Koontz, King, or Crichton book and this one is every bit as captivating. Thank you Paul for all of your honesty and opening yourself up to help others.

This is my first memoir and it is one to gauge all others on. I felt like I was there with him the entire time, struggling with his decisions and situations in life. Paul's way of relating situations to common experiences really was quite amazing. I am the type that loves a good Koontz, King, or Crichton book and this one is every bit as captivating. Thank you Paul for all of your honesty and opening yourself up to help others.

This is my first memoir and it is one to gauge all others on. I felt like I was there with him the entire time, struggling with his decisions and situations in life. Paul's way of relating situations to common experiences really was quite amazing. I am the type that loves a good Koontz, King, or Crichton book and this one is every bit as captivating. Thank you Paul for all of your honesty and opening yourself up to help others.

"For me, reading has always been about seeing life through someone else’s eyes. This particular memoir is an interesting account of how a person very similar to me in upbringing (small-town Ohio), goals (the basics of the American Dream), and interests (friends, fitting in, and being a bit of an English geek) can veer dramatically away from a life much like my own because of alcoholism. This book is entertaining—much of the time in a cringeworthy way—and heartfelt. It sheds light on the narcissism so often interwoven with those in the throws of addiction, and is a true testament to how recovery is possible." 

Paul's gripping memoir gives voice to what so many others have struggled to communicate. It is horrifying, hilarious, and honest. I am better for reading it.

An engaging memoir: beautifully written and eye-opening. It's equal parts humorous and heartbreaking.

Beautifully written. Refreshingly honest and reflective. Helping others see the light at the end of the tunnel- this is a must read for those who are personally struggling with sobriety and for those who love someone who is struggling .

Paul's vivid and descriptive writing make you feel as if you were there during his journey. He doesn't hide or shy away from anything, making you hate him and root for him in the same chapter. I found his story heartbreaking and funny all at once which made it hard to put the book down. Paul has somehow made an incredibly complex and deeply personal journey approachable and understandable. His story, while centered on alcoholism, is still identifiable for anyone and everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it!

Bottleneck is a raw, brutally honest, insightful, sometimes painful, sometimes funny account of addiction and redemption. It feels weird to say that a memoir on addiction hooked me from page one, but it's true. I found myself compelled by Fuhr's story - cringing at some moments, laughing at others, and finding wisdom in this wonderfully-written book. I hope his story can help others facing a similar battle.

Bottleneck is a raw, brutally honest, insightful, sometimes painful, sometimes funny account of addiction and redemption. It feels weird to say that a memoir on addiction hooked me from page one, but it's true. I found myself compelled by Fuhr's story - cringing at some moments, laughing at others, and finding wisdom in this wonderfully-written book. I hope his story can help others facing a similar battle.

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'Bottleneck' is so well written and honest. I'm grateful that the author shares his experiences that are sure to hit home with many readers. I found myself laughing out lout more than once as sense of humor was planted throughout the chapters. There is nothing better than a book that makes you laugh, makes you cry and offers tremendous inspiration. Highly recommend!

Bottleneck is a roller-coaster account of Paul Fuhr's journey from devastating alcoholism to sobriety. He writes with humor and soul-baring honesty. This book made me laugh at times, cry at others, but ultimately left me with a feeling of satisfaction and hope. An inspiring read.

Bottleneck is a roller-coaster account of Paul Fuhr's journey from devastating alcoholism to sobriety. He writes with humor and soul-baring honesty. This book made me laugh at times, cry at others, but ultimately left me with a feeling of satisfaction and hope. An inspiring read.

I have read many memoirs about alcoholism but I have NEVER read one as beautifully written, candid, raw and heartbreaking as this one. I'm awed by how Paul can effortlessly put just two words together that convey more than a full paragraph ever could. For someone who does not struggle with alcoholism I was able to go down that never-ending rabbit hole with him, watch him as he climbed out of it a couple of times and sadly go back into it again. This is one of those books that you hate when they end for not giving you the chance to continue along the writer's journey. Incredible debut memoir.

This memoir is engaging from the very first pages! Beautifully written, darkly funny, heartbreakingly sad and genuinely hopeful, this book is a good read not only for people in recovery, but for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of addiction and the human spirit. Paul's story touched me deeply and even though I don't have any first-hand experience with alcoholism, I live with someone who dances on the edge of its canyon. This articulate account from someone who has hit many bottoms and managed to climb out and recount his experiences with equal doses of wisdom, regret and encouragement for others is inspiring. I am now questioning the ways I have dealt with my own insecurities in life! A great read.

For fans of contemporaries Augusten Burroughs, Amy Dresner, or even Jack Kerouac, *Bottleneck* is a detailed and distilled stream-of-conscious memoir that takes readers through the alcoholic experience. The blunt-force prose is a knock-down and drag-out experience, similar to Fuhr’s life as an active drinker.

I related to Fuhr’s story in many ways. I too suffer from stubborness, entitlement, humbuggery, hyper-judgement, extreme selfishness, delusions of grandeur, and a paralyzing fear of the truth. His story is mine. In particular, Fuhr’s alcoholic mind turns warning-signs into notches on the belt of his pride. In a deeper, more intimate—approaching awkward—way, I also relate to his descent into suicidal ideation. But what makes this memoir unlike any other, is Fuhr’s ability to normalize outrageously deviant behavior, by which I mean, his skill in sculpting the mentality of the addict in full-blown denial.
It is a spiraling staircase without end. Fuhr pauses on each step in the descent.

What breaks the drudgery of the alcoholic existence, are gems such as, “I wasn’t ever a bad person. I was just bad at being a person,” or “I’m still learning to trust myself because I’m the person I’ve lied to the most.” It’s brilliant turns of phrase such as this, along with Fuhr’s adept use of metaphor, that lure you deeper into his madness just for the thrill of it and for the dazzle of language. The book is the long-awaited cure that Fuhr needed to get sober: it is an atom bomb of truth. I admire his lack of inhibition in his honesty, and the clarity with which he brings his confessions to light. Whether in reference to the bottlenecks of beer he guzzled or the metaphorical bottleneck of problems he created in his life, the memoir delivers.

And whether you come to it as an alcoholic or not, Fuhr has created a space for you. You will either be awestruck in comprehension of his madness, or you will be able to nod your head and say, “me too.”