The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough

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Available for the first time in paperback, the biography of one of the recovery movement's most influential figures: Lois Burnham Wilson, creator of Al-Anon and wife of AA cofounder Bill W.


Acclaimed author and screenwriter William G. Borchert explores the life and times of Lois Burnham Wilson, the spirited creator of Al-Anon and wife of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. From her privileged childhood in turn-of-the-century New York City to her socialite status as the 'Wall Street Wife' of the charismatic Bill in the roaring '20s to the couple's audacious crosscountry motorcycle excursions in the 1930s, Lois was every bit the adventure-seeker. But nothing could have prepared her for the chaos, anguish, and loss caused by Bill's seventeen-year descent into the depths of alcoholism.

In this moving story, Borchert reveals how the couple rose from a life of despair to institute one of the twentieth century's most important social movements, and how Lois created a legacy of hope for millions of families devastated by addiction through her uncommon love and unshakable faith.

Borchert drew from a series of exclusive personal interviews with Lois Wilson to write this definitive biography.

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William G. Borchert was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for writing the screenplay for the highly acclaimed Warner Brothers/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie My Name Is Bill W. His background includes reporting for a New York City daily newspaper and a major media wire service, writing for a national magazine, and creating syndicated shows for radio. As a partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, Borchert produced several box office hits, including Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon. He lives in New York City and South Carolina.

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