'The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life'

with Laura McKowen

Laura McKowenLaura McKowen is the bestselling author of We Are the Luckiest, host of the Tell Me Something True podcast, and founder and CEO of The Luckiest Club, a global web-based sobriety support community. Beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing, Laura has been published in The New York Times, and her work has been featured by The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, the Today show, and more. Visit her online at

Before Laura McKowen got sober, she had a long, successful career in public relations in the Mad Men-esque drinking culture of the advertising industry, where "liquid lunches were frequent and drinking at your desk in the late afternoon was perfectly normal." In the five years since she stopped drinking, she has become one of the foremost voices in the modern recovery movement.

In We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (New World Library, January 7, 2020), McKowen flips the script on how we talk about addiction and encourages readers not to ask, "Is this bad enough that I have to change?" but rather, "Is this good enough for me to stay the same?"

We hope you'll enjoy the following excerpts from the book.

You Are Building a New Life

Getting sober ain't like other task-oriented activities.

This is My Thing

I don't know what your thing is, but alcohol was mine.

Forget Forever

Day by day. Hour by hour. Moment by moment.