Girl Walks Out of a Bar
Lisa F. Smith

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Narrated By: Hillary Huber

Duration: 8 hours and 48 minutes

What to expect

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith’s formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city’s clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach, the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.


Memoirs, Addiction and therapy

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“This girl may have walked out of a bar, but she’s walked into one of the best addiction memoirs I’ve ever read.”

Anna David, New York Times bestselling author

“This powerful memoir chronicles [Smith’s] dizzying fall and the road back.”


“Her raw depiction unveils the pressures of her job as well as the personal costs of addiction…Readers will root for this extraordinary woman as she travels the path to recovery.”

Publishers Weekly

“A darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law…Inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down.”

Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance

“Raw, naked, and unflinching, Girl Walks out of a Bar catapults the reader into the sordid, desperate reality of high-functioning addiction…A chilling, cautionary tale.”