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Of Cambridge, June 4. Loving wife of Mark Morelli. Sister of Rebecca S., Andrew G., Penelope and Peter H. Knapp. Devoted aunt of Roxanne, David, Zoe and Hallie. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 7 at 10 am at the Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Member of the National Writers Union. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, PO Box 265, Boston, MA 02117. Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge St., CAMBRIDGE.

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Published in Boston Globe from Jun. 5 to Jun. 6, 2002.
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May 30, 2021
Am reading The Merry Recluse again. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us through your writing. Your words remain relevant.
Anne Bygrave
September 2, 2020
Think of you often.
Donna Maben
Classmate
May 30, 2020
Just thought of Caroline Knapp last night, and then received an email reminder of this obit page this morning. Caroline's stories are so relatable, I feel connected with someone I never met, and am grateful for that connection. Thank you.
Anne Bygrave
November 28, 2019
Your words continue to echo and reverberate down the years, finding new generations of young women to inspire, guide, reassure. You were an unforgettable writer and a wise and old soul. Thank you for the gift you gave us in your writing.
Susan Pickard
July 29, 2019
So grateful for your words, your courage, your sobriety. I wish I could have met you and thanked you on this Earth. I pray that you and Lucille are together-bounding forward.
Kathleen
May 31, 2019
Much admiration. Thank you for your books.
December 14, 2018
Remembering this talented writer today. She remains one of my favorites. I suggested her book "Drinking--" to a recovered alcoholic struggling in a relationship w a drinking one who does not recognize it. I'm hoping she will do her magic once more. Your book is obviously a blessing --- eternal thanks Caroline.
Raechel Morris
August 24, 2018
Dear Caroline, As I read Drinking. a love affair' I feel as though we are friends. Newly sober and taking a break from the B.B., I sought some light reading and found your heavy book. I was curious of you and your sister, your sister as I worked at a teaching hospital that BU affiliated with during late 80's. During my research feel a devastating heartache to realize our loss of you, I pray you know how much of a comfort your writings are to me during my journey to continued sobriety. Thank you for sharing such raw honesty. Your Spirit very much alive. In Friendship Forever, ~Leslie
August 22, 2018
Carolyn - I have finally gotten sober. I read your book many years ago and I just read it again nearly one year in. I couldn't have done this without you and I often find myself thinking of how unfair it was that you were taken so soon. You will always live on in my heart. Thank you for saving my life.
Melissa
July 15, 2018
Erica Heller
February 27, 2018
2 souls, 3 eyes
I first posted a message here 14 years ago when I devestateingly learned of Caroline's passing while searching for her address to send her a letter expressing my thanks for writing Pack of Two which expressed exactly how I felt about my dog. I've since lost her, an excruciatingly painful loss, but have adopted a rescue dog again - 2 this time. For a world or a life without dogs is incomprehensible to me. Glad I still receive the updates from legacy.com and reading through I few entries today I was surprised, yet not surprised, Caroline and I share the same birthday - November 8. I knew ththere was a deep connection. Rest In Peace Caroline. I will join you one fine day in dog heaven.
Kirsten Kroner
February 26, 2018
Many emotions as I had just found out Caroline was a distant cousin of mine from NY. Of course I poured into her amazing books, leaving the depth of my family much fuller. My life goal is to leave my mark on this world, to contribute to society in a positive way. Caroline, although way to young in her death, left us with a wealth of great wisdom. Well done Caroline!!
Wendi Unrein
August 8, 2017
Very sad to learn Caroline Knapp had passed at such a young age. At least she conquered her drinking and alcoholism before she passed. At least she knew what it is like to be sober, even for short while. I discovered her book Drinking-A Love Story during my year in AA. Bill W. Passed it on to me. I loved the book. So many AA members all over the world have read and benefited from her book. What an accomplishment: to learn how much you've helped so many. Thank you.
Dawn Anonymous
June 9, 2017
I've read and loved all of Caroline's books. I felt such a connection that I thought I'd write her a letter to thank her for putting into words what I cannot. Imagine my shock when I learned that she had passed away years before. I wasn't finished reading her books! so I kept searching until I found Let's Take the Long Way Home written by a close friend of hers which filled in some gaps for me. I really miss her writing, she was so funny and real. May she rest in peace.
Joan Kelley
Friend
June 17, 2015
In the writing of my recently published novel, STRAWBERRY PIE, I drew upon on the insight of DRINKING: A LOVE STORY (which I mention in my acknowledgments), to give that added dimension to the story. Today, when I went to thank Caroline for sharing that part of her life with me, I learned of her passing, now many years ago; and am devastated and extremely sad that in my journey I had not sought to know this. To her family and friends, please know that her contribution to my work was significant.
Lynne Kathryn Cote
November 13, 2014
I just read Drinking...after 'meaning to do so' for several years. Caroline has done it again touching my life at this moment when little else did. I am seven days sober as I finished this book. How my heart breaks to learn of her death. My deep sympathy to Mr Morelli and to Becca.
November 9, 2014
Happy birthday sweetheart.
July 11, 2014
She was an extraordinary and beautiful person. What a loss for all of us.
Barbara Shernoff
May 16, 2014
I recently came across Drinking again and am rereading it. Just reminded me how saddened I still am over Caroline's death. I also loved Pack of Two. She seemed like such a lovely person. Just wanted her family to know how much her writing affected my life and that she is still very much missed.
Ann Michalski
April 27, 2014
I just read Caroline's book, Drinking, A Love Story, I identified so much with the book. So many people love that book, what a gift.
Linda Thompson
April 16, 2014
Ruana Pommes
April 8, 2014
Having read Gail Caldwell's "Let's Take the Long Way Home" I was compelled to read at least one of Caroline's books. I chose Pack of Two. Wonderful! Delving into a life of woman and dog touched me deeply. I lost my life partner in June, 2013. Since then I am most consoled by my precious Misty, a 10 lb mixed breed love. Small talk and chatting are not my thing; being alone with my pup and/or a few dear friends gives me peace. Thank you Caroline for expressing these aspects of a solitary life that can be so rewarding.
And thank you Gail for introducing Caroline's view of life to me and for expressing so well the experience of grief and loss and longing for a deeply loved person.
Roz Katz
March 4, 2014
This is just another recovering drunk thanking Caroline for writing Drinking A Love Story. Although politically, socially, ethnically and professionally Ms. Knapp and I are from different planets, I found my life story on virtually every page. Reading it for the third time and have given away a half dozen copies over the years. Truly her's was a life well spent. Bless her and her family.
James A.
February 13, 2014
Just posting again to say that after reading A Love Story (5 years ago )in hopes that I could understand my sister's addiction better....the battle still rages on...but if Caroline could change, so can she.
Joy
February 12, 2014
So long ago, stunned and desolate upon finishing A Love Story - seeking Caroline's words over and over, and finally, her support.
Annie
November 18, 2013
Caroline mine was one of the first entries in your book -after all these years and too many failed attempts I am returning...I think of you often and I am still trying...
November 17, 2013
Just finished the Love Story book and like many of the previous signers went to Google to see how Icould contact Caroline and thank her for such an amazing book only to find out that she passed away. I am so sorry and very sad. Sometimes the only word one can say is Thank you...for her life and to let her family know the gratitude I feel for her life.
October 22, 2013
Caroline, sweet angel, I am returning to your book again, as I have returned to drinking, thinking I could be like everyone else. Its sad, and hard to accept.
Jewel Sweetie
October 21, 2013
So sorry to read of your passing. I just finished "Pack of Two". You gave me a lot to think about as it relates to relationships. I felt as though you were talking to me. Thank you for sharing your perspective and life experiences with humans and canine
companions. It is obvious how much you are truly missed.
BJ
August 31, 2013
Just thought of you today while hanging with my "pack of three" 4 days after finishing chemo Thanks for heart and brilliance and life changing story
Patrice Kane
April 28, 2013
Your story moves me more than you can ever know. Your candle blew out too soon. Thank you for your legacy.
March 19, 2013
As I was going to outpatient rehab every day, I found myself the only woman in the room. It wasn't until I read Ms. Knapp' s love story that I no longer felt alone in my experiences. I thank her for sharing her story. I am truly sorry at her passing. Condolences to her family and all whose lives she touched.
beverly roach
February 28, 2013
Thats all we ever have is now.
I read this book when it was suggested to me by an addiction councillor many years ago and found it after many years last year when my whole life was falling apart and I was boxing up old books .I could'nt bear to look at it in its distinct black hardback as I felt I had given my sobriety away by drinking again after 21 years of sobriety.I wondered how YOU were doing in your life so I goggled and got such a pain in my heart when I realized you had died and even more so to think that you had had achieved so so much and brought such healing to others through your brilliant writing .and we were robbed of you .Robbed!!! I can't believe it!! I dont know if your lung cancer was related to your smoking .some lung cancers are'nt but it seems to me that you led a hero's life and would have been leading the charge into breaking the hold of the nicotines demon,had you been given more time..AAhhh you lead a life very different to mine but I loved to read your stories' ..you were and are a genius and your legacy will live on in your work and will continue to save lives even in death .I have already decided to dedicate my recovery from nicotine addiction after 40 years of smoking to you my dear and my darling baby brother who died in 2010 at 38 from alcohol and food addiction.I love you Caroline and I shall throw you a kiss from afar and let you know how I'm doing too ..love Martina
February 4, 2013
Thank you so much Caroline. You are missed.
Matt
December 12, 2012
Oh yes, the book, "Drinking, A Love Story" was like having a best friend in isolation. So much to relate to and such clarity and honesty. Refreshing,too. So sad to hear of her passing!!!!! Her book became my best friend. Thank you for allowing me to contribute an appreciation in her memory.
Noble Muse
November 9, 2012
A scorpio-- no wonder I loved your writing-- to the depths of the ocean.
November 8, 2012
Happy Birthday, Caroline.
October 30, 2012
Just finished " Drinking a love story" I'm truly sad that I and many others will not get the chance to hear more from Caroline. The book was inspirational and eye opening for me.
C.K Weaver
October 20, 2012
"Drinking..." was a book that was required reading in my graduate school of years ago. As I have been in clinical practice for many years - I realized how it touches so many lives. Caroline's story is simply more relevant and more important than I ever realized. Her honesty and truth is so valuable and important in helping others. She left us with so much to consider and I thank you, as a family for allowing this permanent site to exist for our appreciation her legacy.



To her family - I do not know you yet I thank you for your willingness to allow all of us a site of continued expression of her beautiful forum of a life well lived....what a wonderful setting to allow all of us who have been touched by Caroline to express our thanks.
EIleen Kelly
September 28, 2012
I JUST finished "Drinking a Love Story" I immediately hopped on the web to find out if she ever married Michael and if she had kids. I am shell shocked to find she died way to young. I am so very sad for the loss of such an open soul. Been sober for almost 8 years and read this book at a good time. Been going thru some stuff and during the read I went to more meetings and have just chilled with my feelings. My heart goes out to her twin sister and her brother. Her niece and husband Mark as well as all of her friends and family. I feel the loss
M AF
September 4, 2012
Caroline Knapp touched my life. Although we come from disparate backgrounds I identified with her. Generally I don't care for memoirs, finding them rather self indulgent. However, "Drinking, A Love Story" moved me deeply. I read it twice. "Drinking" was beautifully written and will always stay with me.
Magadalene
August 28, 2012
As I end my life as an active alcoholic and begin my journey in a life of sobriety, I can say, quite literally, that your book saved my life. Your words will stay with me the remainder of my days, and for that I am grateful. I know that you continue to live in the hearts and minds of not only your family and friends, but people like me, who have been touched by the eloquence, honesty and clarity of your words.
David G.
June 27, 2012
Thank you Caroline for your incredible book "Drinking". I knew I was alcoholic but the way you described your journey mirrored mine in so many ways, I literally dropped down to the floor crying the first time I read it. It is a lifeline for me and the reason I am sober today. I have 3 copies and liberally pass them around to other women in recovery.
Sandi S
May 7, 2012
How could a person so far from me touch me so much? You did. Thank you for sharing so much. You were an amazing person. Daina
Daina Colbourne
January 12, 2012
Beginning my journey. Thank you Caroline for your inspiration and courage in writing "Drinking ". I too, was saddened to learn of your early death. May you rest in peace, especially with the knowledge of the many lives you have touched.
Karen W
December 3, 2011
Celebrating 19 years of sobreity. What a brave soul in Caroline. May she rest in peace
Mary hope
November 12, 2011
You helped me so much with your words. I hope my words in the form of a prayer find you in heaven. Thank you Caroline. Rest in peace.
Susan A
August 30, 2011
'Drinking' was a book that my sponsor gave me, when I was two months sober. I was able to relate, joyfully, to much of Caroline's experiences during her drinking career, and afterward. I was lucky to find such a powerful memoir, and I am certain that reading it helped keep me sober and gave me hope. I've been sober nearly 15 months, and during this time, I have passed this book along to two women who were new to the program of recovery. They loved it as much as I did. I was deeply shocked and saddened to read of Caroline's death. Caroline, thank you for sharing your story and God bless you for your strength and wisdom.
August 30, 2011
Just finished 'Drinking.' When i saw in the end that she had died at 42, it gave me goosebumps. Going in to reading the book, i didn't know she was deceases. Incredible book, incredible woman.
June 5, 2011
Just finished reading Drinking. What a wonderfully written book. I just gave it to a friend to read. We both acknowledge we might have a drinking problem. After reading the book and now finding out Caroline
Knapp had passed away from lung cancer I feel she had so much she struggled with in her life. What a courageous woman she was. She deserves her peace now but she will be missed. She left us much to remember her by. I plan to read A Pack of Two next. Caroline thank you for your gifts......... S. Echols, Lexington, Ga.
June 5, 2011
As June 7, 2011 moves closer, she is more deeply appreciated. This time on earth, what we do, what we can not do, is illuminated.

It was only after reading Gails Book: "Let's take the Long Road Home", that I bought "WHY Woman Want?".

These two books, weave an incredible story.

It was an honor to be allowed a glimpse of Caroline and Gail, as they moved through Cambridge.

A gift for all of us all: men and women, who take life seriously.

Thank You All.

P.S. My father's Birthday and a dearest friends birthday is June 7, also.

She lives in all of us, much more than we can comprehend.

Prayers and thoughts of gratitude, to all who share her life and death.
June 3, 2011
Rest in peace Caroline. You are missed.
April 7, 2011
I have just finished reading "Drinking, A Love Story" and can't believe how closely Caroline's memoir describes my own battle. I hope I can be as strong in my recovery as she was. Thank you Caroline!

London, Ontario, Canada
April 7, 2011
Usually I give my books away after I read them - but cannot do so with Drinking. I had to mark so many passages that I know I need to go back to again and again. I am so grateful, and so sorry her life here on earth has ended.
Melinda G
April 7, 2011
I have known for a long time that I am an alcoholic, but have just begun the recovery process. I relate to this beautiful book more than anything I have ever read. Thank you so much. Will definitely make a meeting today.
Christi O
April 1, 2011
"Drinking, A Love Story" has helped me in ways that nothing has. Caroline Knapp is an amazing being and will forever more be remembered through her work.
Lindsay S
March 27, 2011
I just finished Caroline's book and loved it so much, I googled her to find out what she's done since that book. I am so sad to learn of her death. A wonderful contribution to those who struggle with addiction and their families. Thank you Caroline!
March 20, 2011
One of the best books I've have ever read. Carolin helped me to see that if I was to continue on the path I was on, I too would be in trouble so I slowed down on my bad habits and am now a much more aware person in many regards. I keep her book handy and re-read parts of it several times a year. I actally read the book, Drinking a Love Story, a few years back. My copy has been pasted around to several other folks who found it remarkable as well. Thank you Carolin for making me a better person by becoming more aware of my often poor choices. I feel like I know you.
Joan Holloway
March 20, 2011
God Bless You, Caroline. Thank you for such a beautiful book.
Jewel
March 19, 2011
I just ran across this, I never met Caroline, who it turns out is a 4th cousin, once removed. But I could have, as I went to M.I.T. in the 1970s. I'm sorry that I didn't know of her family at that time.
Michael Hobart
March 19, 2011
Thank you.
Beth Grimes
January 21, 2011
I got sober in 1995, and somehow this book never came into my life. I just finished reading it, highlighting parts on almost every page. Seeing myself and identifying with Caroline on almost every page. The exquisite joy I felt at the end of the book, compelled me to want to write to Caroline and thank her. Now I have broken down in tears, to find out she has died, and I can bet she left this world sober. What an amazing woman. Through her words and love of life after sobriety, I know she has touched and changed many, many people. God Bless you Caroline. Thank you.
January 19, 2011
Caroline's life story helped me greatly and I was so saddened to learn that she died of lung cancer. I know that she is in a better place and that she knows of all the people whose lives she helped change for the better. I am in the process of reading 'let's take the long way home' if only to hear more of Caroline's life. It too is a tremendous book-hard to put down.
Marie
January 9, 2011
Greatest book I've ever read. I feel like I know you. You changed my life.
January 1, 2011
a message for Dec 28, 2010 entry.... read older entries that say "contact me"...they can help you. Joy
December 28, 2010
Car - help me out. I am in the battle and it is hard. It is painful every day and I am looking for a way out. Please show me that way. It is so hard to keep up hope. Does anyone understand? Hope.
December 19, 2010
Dear Caroline,

I recently read your book "Drinking: A Love Story. It's a legacy. For those who are living with the disease of alcoholism and those of us who are trying to cope with family members who are alcoholics thank you.

I find myself returning to passages in the book and gaining strength.

I can't thank you enough.
Anita
December 10, 2010
Dearest Caroline, Family and Friends of,
Gone but not forgotten. Thank you for being able to have brought your introspection to words and print. Your writings stand as monuments to the deep Love you indeed had but may not have been able to experience.

You helped me understand with greater clarity, the experience from the inside of alcoholism. My heart ached and aches for those of us who suffer from all aspects of this disease. I pray for courage as we live.

If there are wings where you are...they must be so beautiful. Thank you.
rdna
November 25, 2010
No other personal memoir has affected me as deeply as Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story." As someone who is the complete opposite of an alcoholic or alcohol abuser(I read this book to try to understand an alcoholic friend and to attempt to repair my relationship with him), the fact that Knapp's personal story of her chronic and crippling addiction moved me so profoundly, is a testament to her incredible ability to evoke feelings and experiences that are universal to all people from all walks of life.

Her feelings of unworthiness despite her considerable gifts and talents, her inexplicable and chronic loneliness even in crowded rooms, her unconscious quest for a place anywhere in the world where she could feel safe and truly loved, felt like holes being punched in the dark canvas of my life. Painful punctures, but they let the light in.

Reading this book was like talking to an old friend; it had an intimacy and emotional immediacy that cut through the normal barriers I place between myself and the author.

I read this memoir not knowing until mid-way through it, that Knapp had died. I felt a sharp and unexpected grief, for a woman I'll never have the privilege to know.

If there is a life after death, I hope Ms. Knapp knows just how many lives she has affected, through her generous act of love and compassion in writing this remarkable memoir. Caroline and her story will remain in my heart forever.
Anna DeLeon McGrath
November 11, 2010
Dear Caroline,

One more life saved....mine!!! I just finished reading "Drinking: A Love Story" and Let's Take the Long Way Home". I recently quit drinking and these books were invaluable to the road to my success.
P.
November 10, 2010
Dear Caroline,
Through your clear and soulful writing, I feel as though I knew you. We are so much alike. Your life has been a great gift to me. I am sure that you have saved the lives and spirits of many others. I so wish you were here. You live on for so many in your legacy of hope and healing.
M
November 8, 2010
Happy Birthday Caroline.
Jennifer
November 6, 2010
Thank you Caroline for sharing your talents and your story.
Rose Stetzer
September 18, 2010
I read DRINKING in 1997 and was totally captivated. I related to so much of what was in that book (I was in my late 20s, single, successful, etc). I re-read the book last week and I can no longer recognize the person I once was, much in the same way Caroline mentions in her essay "The Merry Recluse." How many times I thought myself crazy, yet, Caroline captured those feelings exactly and beautifully wrote about the life experiences and struggles of many young women. I am anxious to read "Lets Take the Long Way Home." From all the reviews I have read, it is an excellent ending to a very complex life.
r n
September 14, 2010
One more life touched by her heartfelt writing, perhaps even a life saved. Thank you Caroline.
Andrew F
September 2, 2010
I can hardly wait to read "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Caroline's true soul mate Gail Caldwell.
RIP dear Caroline and thank you.
M. C. Turner
August 28, 2010
I just finished Carolines book Drinking A Love Story
I read the whole thing last night
My son is an alcoholic as was his father so I Got It!
Heart broken to see that she had passed away.
Such a wonderful writer
Fran
Fran Woodrooffe
August 25, 2010
I am currently reading "Pack of Two". Caroline was a great writer and animal lover. Thank you Caroline
Ginger
August 19, 2010
As a recovering alcoholic with nearly 25 years sobriety., I just this week finished reading DRINKING - A Love Story for the first time. In my opinion, Alcoholics Anonymous should adopt this incredible brillant book, as part of A.A.approved literature, and include it for sale along with the Big Book, Living Sober, and other A. A. publications. Knapps words are invaluable towards the goal of recovery.
Les Taylor
July 28, 2010
A candle for Caroline.
July 26, 2010
Caroline lives on in the beautiful words she left us...in her books. Her life was too short but she left us so much of herself. Thank-you Caroline.
Trudy Johnson
June 25, 2010
Caroline's books have made such a difference to me. I have some parts quoted and carried in my purse to remind me of how I'm not really alone feeling all this. thanks.shine on.
jessica
June 10, 2010
I haven't had a drink in nine days. At night this week, I've been reading your book, from which I am taking great comfort and inspiration. Even though you aren't here, your healing spirit remains. Thank you, Caroline.
Chris C.
June 3, 2010
Remembering Caroline on the 8th anniversary of her passing. She lives on in the many lives she touched. You are missed, Caroline, you are loved.
christine hickey
May 31, 2010
I just finished Drinking: A Love Story and went online to learn more about Caroline. What a life well lived! Her legacy will continue to touch lives in ways she could never have imagined. I am sending this book to my husband and four children in the hope that they will be blessed by it and find their own "Insights that come from rearranging the facts"God bless you, Caroline.
Mary
May 30, 2010
43 is just too young to be gone.
I am so sorry.
Becky George
May 10, 2010
I am about to finish Drinking: A love story and I too checked online and was shocked to learn that this amazing woman has died.
She will however, live on through her strentgh and wisdom, she has so selflessly written about.
Kimba Lilly
May 10, 2010
Thank you Caroline. You are an inspiration.
Renae
April 3, 2010
I was also sad to hear about Caroline's passing. I really admire the strength it took for her to publish such revealing works about her own life. I hope she knew how much this meant and will continue to mean to those who read her work.
March 28, 2010
Wow I cannot believe that she is gone. I read her book and I admired her so much. God bless Becca for caring for her and not being judgemental. She made me see myself.
March 7, 2010
I am a little shocked. I just finished reading "Drinking: A Love Story" moments ago, and went online to learn more about this insightful woman, only to find she's passed on. I feel truly saddened. Thank you Caroline, for your wonderful words.
Arla S.
February 22, 2010
Caroline Knapp was such a gifted, strong and compassionate woman. How sad that we lost her so young and so tragically! My heartfelt condolences go out to her brother , her sister, and her husband, as well as to all her friends and other family.I am not an alcoholic, but I have family members who are. I have read "Drinking: A Love Story" over and over again. It is written with such honesty and courage, and it has helped me immensely. I've given it to several friends. We all know someone with an alcohol addiction and this book should be required reading for every high school student. Thank you, Caroline!
Kathy V.
February 15, 2010
Being your mailman I wish I got to know you better....I can see that you helped many people thru your works.
mail man
February 8, 2010
My awareness of Caroline Knapp's
work came just this year. I am a Psychotherapist and was looking for
a book for a client of mine who has
a severe problem with alcohol. I remembered hearing the name Drinking:
A Love Story and ordered it to read
to see if it would be helpful to this
client. While looking I saw she had
also written a book about her and
her dog (being single with my longest
relationship being with my 12 year
old angel, Nico) and ordered that
too.

I was so moved by the honesty,
bravery ,authenticity and moving
story of her relationship with
alcohol I felt compelled to look
her up and see how she is doing
with her sobriety and her ife.....That's when I discovered
the tragic news of her death at 42.
I simply began to sob.

I immediately read A Pack of Two,
and was terribly sad throughout the reading so when I got to the part about her not being able to imagine outliving Lucille I got so upset I just could not stop crying...for
her being gone, for Lucille, for
myself feeling like I just lost
a good friend.

It's strange to feel SO attached
to someone I've never met. Yet
her writing is so personal, so
real, that I feel that she has
become a part of my consciousness. That is the highest compliment
I could give to anyone.

I am so grateful there are still
more writings to read, but it is
huge loss to the public at large
to lose someone so remarkable, so talented, at such a young age.

I send my heartfelt condolences
to all that knew her closely.
Want to thank her posthumously
for the gifts she bestowed on
me and others who have been
touched by her work.

And, most of all, so happy that
Lucille was by her side when she passed.

R.I.P. Dear, Dear, Caroline Knapp

And, thank you Lucille for being
a true companion.........GOOD DOG!
Patrice
February 7, 2010
I too will never forget Caroline and her amazing gift to the world....through her hardship she has helped millions (who have read her books.) If you have not read (Drinking, a Love Story)you must...it can change your life.
Joy Jones
February 6, 2010
I too miss her even though I never knew her. I reread her books a couple of times a year, esp. the Merry Recluse.
I struggle my with my own demons, and remembering Caroline's struggles and successes helps me immensely.
May she Rest in Peace
Judy S
February 4, 2010
Gracie
I thought of my friend Caroline again today and googled her out of nostalgia. We walked our dogs, Lucille and Gracie at Fresh Pond every Tuesday, sometimes Saturdays.

Caroline's life wasn't easy, but it was good. She was intelligent, intense, hard-working and remarkably generous, considering her passion for solitude.

She was also an alcoholic who was brave enough to acknowledge sickness and exhaustion. In short, she had balls. With fists, fits, fingernails and AA, she starved the beast. Keep heart 12/13/09 - take the risk, as she did. Nothing to lose. Especially not friends!

I am pleased to hear that her stories of struggle and discovery still find a welcome audience. Caroline would smile humbly and shy away from praise. She was truly a "good egg".
Sharon O
January 28, 2010
Just like almost everyone else, I got Drinking, A Love Story at the library...then bought a copy for myself and my daughter. Got on Google to tell her she changed my life and found out that I can't say it to her. But thank you to whoever is keeping this Guest Book available. It gives us all a chance to at least talk to each other and also to her family about how much her writing has meant to so many. What a legacy.

With much appreciation,
Debbie W.
December 13, 2009
i am an alcoholic. I wish she were here to help and support me. I have noone.
November 14, 2009
This message is sent with such horrible sadness, I'm sitting here crying my eyes out. I read Carolines book years ago and pick it up ofton to remind myself of myself and the distruction alcohol causes. I googled Caroline to seehow she was doing and could not, do not want to believe what I'm reading!
I feel so sorry for her sister and her family.
My sincere condolences to the family and Carolines husband and
Children ( doggies).

Sincerely,
Angela :( :(...........
Angela
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