Lisa Smith


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Life for young attorneys working long hours in a law firm is stressful, and how they handle the demands can be as challenging as making partner. Law school alumna Lisa F. Smith coped by turning to alcohol and cocaine, antidotes that worked for Smith NLAW’91—until they didn’t. Her harrowing ride, from the heights of a prestigious New York City law firm to the necessity of an inpatient rehabilitation facility, is relived in Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir (SelectBooks, 2016). Smith, who has been sober for more than a decade, tells her story with a disarming blend of stark honesty and dark humor—another worthy addition to the growing genre of recovery books that often pack high drama and literary flare.