Surviving in Spirit: A Memoir about Sisterhood and Addiction

Thought Catalog Books

While its tough to understand what leads a person into addictionto witness someone you love kind-of kill herselfthe truth is that you can learn from it. By the time Cline died at age 30, she was Kermit The Frog green and she vomited blood more frequently than she was able to eat. In less than a decade, she had gone from summa cum laude Columbia graduate to NYU PhD student to unemployed, rambling, stumbling drunk saddled with a cirrhotic liver beyond repair. By the time Cline died, her younger sister Mlanie was no longer a Miss Goody Two Shoes from a waspy Connecticut suburb trotting down the sensible path. She was an adult who had abandoned a secure job on Wall Street to establish a career as a writer committed to exploring fascinating subcultures.

As Clines illness escalated, you see, a basic lesson crept up on Mlanie: Life is beautifully short, and fragile as hell. Life happens. Gradually, Mlanie stopped agonizing over what she was supposed to do/think/know/read/listen to/watch/feel, or who she was supposed to be/befriend/love/like/learn from. So she pitched projects that sounded crazy and/or dangerous to most, but which gave her a thrill and helped her establish a career as an immersive journalist. She grew some balls, so to speak, after freeing herself from caring about what others might think.

The devastating beauty of what happened to Cline forced Mlanie to question who she is. However unwittingly, in dying, Cline empowered her younger sister to take risksto live. This is their story.

“Mlanie’s writing is honest and thought provoking, but also entertaining. Without a doubt, she keeps it interesting.”
- Jared Cohen, author of The New Digital Age

“Inspired by her sister’s untimely death to buck convention and lead a full life, Mlanie’s story is uniquely tragic, but relatable to anyone familiar with life’s capacity to shock and the challenge of searching for self. This book will resonate with you long after you’ve finished it.”
- Meghan McCain, author of America, You Sexy Bitch

“You should be very excited to read about Melanie’s adventures with addiction and married men since it’s probably the safest way to experience both.”
- Joel Stein, author of Man Made: In Which a Dad Learns to be a Man for His Son

“Mlanie’s writing is funny, sexy, and intelligent.”
- Brian Donovan, author of Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters
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Jan 9, 2014
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