Friday, November 27, 2009

Grateful to Have Been There

Grateful to Have Been There, (My 42 years with Bill and Lois, and the Evolution of Alcoholics Anonymous) by Nell Wing is a most delightful read. Nell Wing was Bill's personal assistant and secretary and a friend of their family. She has written the most candid description of the cast of characters that surrounded those early years. The book was worth the read just for the descriptions of Bill's mother, "Dr. Emily" and the powerful account of Bill's brother in law, Dr. Leonard Strong's loyalty. The first General Service Convention is well described with the parts each played including Lois as the co founder of Al Anon. What a remarkable uplifting book and what a record of those amazing early days.

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