Brenda Wilhelmson

Brenda Wilhelmson

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

Where it all started...

"One of the many nights I left a recovery meeting

wondering if I really belonged there, I drove to a bookstore and pulled every drinking-related memoir I could find off the shelves. I didn't want to read a depraved story about how low a person could go. I wanted verification that someone like me was a drunk and needed to stop drinking. I left the store empty handed and bummed. As I lay in bed that night, the thought, "Write that book," flew into my head."

my book

Independent Publishers Book Awards * 2012 Winner! *

From the outside, Brenda Wilhelmson, wife and mother

of two with a great career and vibrant social life, appeared to have it all.

But, behind the veil of middle-class suburbia, alcohol was slowly taking over, turning her world on its side. Growing tired of embarrassing herself in front of friends and family and feeling important moments slip away, Brenda made the most critical decision of her life:  to get sober.

With that line drawn in the sand, Brenda started a diary to chronicle her struggles along the way.

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife offers insight, wisdom, and relevance for readers in recovery, as well as their loved ones, no matter how long they’ve been sober.


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Brenda Wilhelmson

Brenda Wilhelmson - Author
The World Takes Notice

With the release of her first book, Brenda

has been asked to share her insights and
experiences by numerous media outlets.

Click on any of the images on the next page to access Brenda's recent articles and interviews.

In The Media

Renew Magazine Chicago Tribune
CNN Living Father Albert
Today Books Chicago Sun Times
Los Angeles Times Huff Post Books
Huff Post Religion
CBS News
Newcity Lit
Brenda Wilhelmson on Newstalk Ireland
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Endorsements...

"Her honest depiction of life with alcohol and without is a fascinating read that will resonate with anyone who struggles with addiction or knows someone who has."
- Los Angeles Times

"Her story is striking a nerve!" - NBC Today Show

"What distinguishes 'Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife' from the rest of the genre is Wilhelmson's clear-eyed, non-maudlin prose . . . A writer this open and honest with zero tendency to solipsism is rare indeed. Wilhelmson's 'Diary' recounts stories often funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, and always seemingly unflinchingly honest..."
- Newcity

"Congratulations to Brenda Wilhelmson on her book."
- CBS

Excerpts...

Afterward, I cleared dirty plates and glasses, and many of the wine glasses were a quarter to half full. The wine was too good to waste, so I downed the remnants while I cleaned. - December 8

"So what's it like not drinking?"  he asked.  "Does everyone seem stupid?"
"Yes," I said.
Tom blanched.  "Really?"
"Oh, you know, it's funny," I laughed.  I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. - March 15

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