'Your father is a good man. He just has a disease'. ""Some of the Words Are Theirs"" is far more than White's personal story of an abandoned seven-year-old boy whose alcoholic father (a Navy officer) went on to drink himself to death. It is a memoir of how one man forged his own healing narrative. Those whose lives have been touched by alcoholism will recognize the subtle ways an alcoholic parent shapes personal development and find clues on how to give up life-shaping family myths. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous will be especially interested in this dramatic and powerful true tale of loss and redemption.
George H. Jensen is professor and chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at University of Arkansas, Little Rock. His many book publications include Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous. William L. White is a senior research consultant at Chestnut Health Systems / Lighthouse Institute and past chair of the board of Recovery Communities United. He is author of the award-winning book, Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America.