Book interview: ‘My Name is Bill’

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(Neal Charnoff) Time Magazine called Bill Wilson “one of the most important people of the 20th century.” Wilson co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. His philosophy of treating addiction as a disease has been used as a blueprint for countless other recovery programs.

Bill Wilson is the subject of a new biography called “My Name is Bill,” written by Susan Cheever. Cheever points to Wilson’s Vermont upbringing as a prime influence on the elements of AA, along with his time on Wall Street and in the military.

Cheever has written eleven previous books, including “Note Found in a Bottle,” about her own drinking, and “Home Before Dark,” a memoir about her father John Cheever.

“My Name is Bill” is published by Simon and Schuster. Cheever will be appearing at The Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, New Hampshire on Saturday, February 21, at 2 p.m., and at the Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls on Sunday February 22, at 1 p.m.

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