From the May 2019 magazine.

Letter from the Editor

This year we celebrate 80 wonderful years of our Big Book and basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 marking this landmark occasion with a special section of history and stories from members about how our beloved book has changed their lives.

In the story “My Big, Fat, Taped-Up Big Book,” a woman in California remembers how she held on to her beat-up copy for dear life, repairing it and reading it one page at a time. In “Card-Carrying Thumper,” a member in Florida tells how, by following the book’s directions, he became a passionate, lifelong fan. In “My New Big Book,” an inmate in a Florida jail gets a brand-new copy and recalls all the great memories his first one gave him. And a member shares a wonderful firsthand account of the ceremony to celebrate the very first Navajo Big Book in “The Great Fact Is This.” 

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