From the August 2012 magazine.

August 2012: Letter from the Editor

What better to do on a hot sober summer day but kick back on the beach and read a good book? Grapevine has many terrific books, filled with stories from AA members sharing their experience, strength and hope. This month, our special section features some of our very favorite stories from their pages.

From our Beginners’ Book, a newcomer learns how to get sober—as well as get his hands dirty—in the sweet sponsorship story “Garden Variety Sobriety.” From Spiritual Awakenings II, a woman with 34 years recalls how a night...