Stories from the 1940s

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The Children Say What A.A. Means to Them Ever since I can remember there has been a lot of drinking around me. Looking back on it, I can see that most of the people who did that drinking were alcoholics. I can't say that it bothered me much until I was older and began to notice what was... Lois B.'s 22-year-old daughter, Del December 1944
The Children Say What A.A. Means to Them This is a plug for A.A. from the stepson of one of your members who has been 'dry,' and I mean 'dry'--no slip-ups--for the past three and a half years, one hundred percent thanks to your organization and the work he has done with you. It is a very... Abbot T.'s stepson, Lt. Richard H. December 1944
The Pleasures of Reading Intellectual stimulus, philosophical fortification and wholesome distraction will be found in a collection of three books, superficially diverse but having a common denominator, published in a compact volume as part of The Modern Library under the... June 1944
The Pleasures of Reading Advice direct from hell. Human-relation pointers given by Screwtape, a senior devil, to a favored nephew operating on earth are amusingly set forth by C. S. Lewis in "Screwtape Letters." (Macmillan Co. 1.50). Readers will laugh at the shrewd... July 1944
The Pleasures of Reading One of the minor characters in The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham's new book (Doubleday Doran, 2.75), will seem real to A.A.s. The shy, poetically inclined daughter of a well-to-do mid-western family, robbed of her husband and small child in a... August 1944
The Pleasures of Reading Mystery stories may be an alcoholic form of escape, but at least, they're a pretty harmless form, and the blood flows between book jackets instead of straightjackets. So, you crime-hungry A.A.s, here's a nice, criminal check list of recent blood-and... Charlie P. September 1944
The Pleasures of Reading Clinical data on alcoholism is growing in volume--a sure indication that the disease as a social problem is recognized and remedy is being sought. Prominent among the published reports are the Lay Supplements issued by the Quarterly Journal of... October 1944
The Pleasures of Reading Alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike would profit by a careful reading of Alcohol: One Man's Meat, by Edward A. Strecker, A.M., M.D., and Francis T. Chambers, Jr. (The Macmillan Co., 2.50). Mr. Chambers is an alcoholic who hasn't indulged for many... November 1944
The Pleasures of Reading So much that is unnecessarily redundant and uselessly axiomatic has been published in the broad field of psychological analysis in the last years, that it is both a relief and a shock to run into something like William Steig's books: The Lonely Ones... Grace O.'s 18-year-old daughter December 1944
Heard at Meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inter Group: "An alcoholic is a man with two feet firmly planted in mid-air." Greenwich: "A.A. is like an umbrella. It won't work unless you put it up." White Plains: "An alcoholic is a person who finds he has nothing in common with himself."... July 1944