A Tough Cookie Christmas: a true tale of sobriety, the holidays and baked goods

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Playwright and blogger Sean Paul Mahoney recounts his first holiday season sober. With a biting sense of humor and a ton of baked goods, can this former hot mess survive "the most wonderful time of the year"? More

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About Sean Paul Mahoney

Sean Paul Mahoney is a playwright, blogger and writer living in Denver, CO with his husband Michael and their noisy cat Maeby. His plays included Casual Encounters/Missed Connections, a comedy about Craigslist personal ads and The Singing Room which will have it's world premiere at Spark Theater in Denver in 2013. Mahoney blogs about his adventures in recovery at UrtheInspiration. His first full length book, a collection of essays entitled The Strawberry Land Express, will be out in February 2013.

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Review by: Dan McLellan on Dec. 23, 2012 :
What a wonderful story! Funny and poignant, Sean finds the right mix to explain the real life experiences all addicts go through in recovery. - finding love of self through the love of others.... And sugar.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Joan Gregerson on Dec. 17, 2012 :
When I got home from work, I quickly grabbed a healthy snack and got settled in, so I could read this story ASAP. The thought of curling up with a zero-cal cookie adventure was enticing, so I downloaded the book and immediately began reading it on my PC.

My addiction is more of the cookie-based kind, actually, so reading about cookies is generally a good distance for me. But what I learned in 12-step meetings is that we can help ourselves and each other most by "sharing our experience, strength and hope." We do so by lightening up, by laughing at ourselves, yet being sincere.

This book is all of that. Exactly. And delivered with Sean's hilarious take on life, recipes, and glimpses of people and places, I was so glad I read it. I don't even have an oven here, so I can't bake cookies ...which is a blessing indeed! So, this story gave me the best of that holiday bliss, in a form that I gobbled up with joy!

My final thought is that this is a great model for memoir writing. It's tough to write honestly, humorously without bashing someone, but Sean does a great job of walking that fine line. Kudos! Thank you!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Molly Gregerson on Dec. 16, 2012 :
Fantastic story! Heartfelt, raw, wonderful and funny. Loved it :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Vaughn Donahue on Dec. 15, 2012 :
Great story for those in recovery - and those seeking recovery or wishing to better understand others who are in recovery from addiction. Heartfelt and honest story, and a great read for the holiday season.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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