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Review: How to Become a Successful (Recovering) Alcoholic

How to Become a Successful (Recovering) Alcoholic

How To Become a Successful (recovering) Alcoholic by J.P. Willson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heart to heart, head to head

Although the subject matter did not initially strike me as particularly relevant in my own life, the ease and bravura of Willson’s delivery spoke volumes of valuable insight into the struggle that so many face–and far too few overcome.

The author has a method of storytelling that is reminiscent of the sort of fireside saws my elders used to pass on their wisdom and give youth the benefit of vicarious experience. With seamless shifts between didactic point-of-fact, remembrances of the past, and musings on the proverbial whithertos and whyfors, Willson paints a clear picture from the perspective of both a drunkard and a recovering alcoholic...

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Review: Learn SQL in 2 Hours

As an old hand at SQL myself, I found positives and negatives in this title. It is ostensibly written for those new to the field, but the material has more value, in my opinion, as a good reference and refresher than a true primer. It is fairly clear and concise, and the author does a great job of packaging a good deal of material into a short read.

That said, the delivery seems to suffer from the sort of blind spots one might expect from a tech guru attempting to explain specialized concepts to a neophyte. There seems to be a lot of assumption regarding the expected level of comprehension and little in the way of context or relational exposition to really solidify the information given into concrete understanding of the material.

If you have a technological background, this title will lik...

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