Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

by Elizabeth Vargas

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Overview

Beloved former ABC 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas reveals her alcohol addiction and anxiety disorder in a shockingly honest and emotional memoir.

Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award in the First Book category

Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw.

Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety—which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam—and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, eventually turning to alcohol for a release from her painful reality. The now-A&E Network reporter reveals how she found herself living in denial about the extent of her addiction, and how she kept her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who could never find the right balance between a career and parenting.

Honest and hopeful, BETWEEN BREATHS is an inspiring read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594888826
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 67,402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Vargas is the Co-anchor of 20/20 on ABC News. She resides in Manhattan with her two children, Zachary and Samuel.

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Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad you wrote this book . I felt like I was reading my own story at times . Alcohol addiction is a very lonely place to be , and like you hard to admit . Great book . I just finished reading it and I am going to read it again . Thank you Elizabeth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Elizabeth Vargas' painfully honest and relatable memoir. I really had such a difficult time putting it down. Just like the stories she has told us on television, she captivates us with the facts and she is effortless with her deliverance. The world is rooting for you, Elizabeth! Remember that your biggest fear carries your greatest growth. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having suffered from anxiety i understood the panic and terror Elizabeth faced on a daily basis. Although I was never an alcoholic, i can see why she used it as her way of calming herself down. I cried for her when I reached page 137. It was so sad that she had to leave her children and fight this awful disease alone. Frankly her husband was not supportive and why was she always the breadwinner? Why didn't he get a job with a regular paycheck to help her! Elizabeth if you are reading this know that there many people out there who feel compassion for you and all the suffering you endured. Remember during those rough times that you are and will continue to be a great mother to your boys! Please don't let anyone make you feel otherwise. Good luck in your future career, and I wish you the best in your continued recovery and will pray for you. God Bless you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recent interview with Diane Sawyer piqued my interest in the book. It was well written and added some depth to the story. In retrospect..the interview was enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my story as it is for so many of us who battle addiction sometimes a minute at a time. This is real, this is so hard. I am told it may become easier. I hope for tomorrow and the many days after. This book has been a gift of strength for me, for today and tomorrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An honest well told story Elizabeth is honest and brave to share it. She writes well and her stories of covering the news were very interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an honest book! I am over the moon that you are walking out your sobriety day by day. You are brave, beautiful, and astute! Nothing can change that! Keep praying and counting your blessings. You are special and needed! I wish you continued success and every blessing over you and your boys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is always powerful to hear the story of very public accomplished people share their struggles so honestly and with humility.
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Inspiring book, well done and easy to read. It must have been difficult story to tell but grateful to women like her for sharing such struggles in such a high profile job.
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What a kind person you must be. SJR
KGervais More than 1 year ago
A very touching story. I couldn't stop reading it. I've enjoyed watching Elizabeth Vargas on various news shows reporting stories. I never knew she had a problem with alcohol and anxiety. I'm glad she didn't lose all she had in life to alcohol. She lost her husband but she still had her job, her two boys, family and friends through all of it. This had to have been a very difficult story to tell. Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very helpful and inspiring for me. I watched the interview with Diane Sawyer and all this came at just the right time for me. Thank you.
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