From the April 2014 magazine.

April 2014: Letter from the Editor

This year our beloved Big Book and basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous, turns 75 years old. Since 1939, its program of recovery has saved millions of lives from alcoholism and it has become one of the best-selling books of all time. This month, Grapevine is celebrating this landmark occasion with a special section of history and members’ personal experience.

In the story “Released,” a Big Book found in a pile of trash on a jail floor saves a woman’s sanity and sobriety. In “Look for the Gems,” old-timers encourage a man to mine his book for its jewels. “Pillow Talk” is an amusing tale about a man who came home drunk every night to find the book placed on his pillow by his wife. Other highlights include a Big Book history timeline and wonderful excerpts from a speech our co-founder, Bill W., gave in Texas in 1954 about the making of the book.

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