BORN AGAIN IN A BIKER BAR depicts the story of a raging codependent and her alcoholic husband.
It is centered in famous Johnny’s Bar & Grill in Hollister, California. Johnny’s is the bar depicted in the 1953 movie The Wild One featuring Marlon Brando.
When Charisse purchased Johnny’s in January of 1996, she had no idea of its fame or place in history. She did however know that her husband was an alcoholic. Within a few months of the purchase, Tommy quit his well-paying job and took his drinking to a whole new level. The deterioration of his health and their marriage was the result.
On the brink of divorce, Charisse found herself at an Al-Anon meeting. Standing in a room surrounded by her peers she said the life changing words:
Hello, my name is Charisse and I’m a codependent.
Embracing the Christian roots she had all but abandoned, Charisse’s eventual acceptance of the part she played in her dysfunctional life led to her recovery, and eventually to her husband’s. They’ve been together for more than twenty six years and Tommy just celebrated ten years sobriety.
Inspiring and an Eye Opener. Having lived in Hollister all my life, this book brought back so many memories and showed the honest journey of a woman who traveled a hard road and persevered. While reading, it, I felt the author was sitting over a cup of coffee telling me the story. Honest and hard hitting about life in a small town. I really enjoyed this book.
~ frannypat, Amazon reviewer
BORN AGAIN IN A BIKER BAR received the Bronze Medal in the 2015 Living Now Books Awards in the Inspirational Memoir category. Living Now recognizes the year’s best books for better living.
If you are in a codependent relationship, help and healing is available in the pages of this book.
Miracles and Grace in a Unlikely Place. Spending a lot of time at Johnny’s in the past, I’ve seen some of the crazy things there and seen Charisse at her best. I could not put it down once I started reading it.
~ Marie Ramsey
Heart warming. This little red headed fireball made me laugh and made me cry. She tells of her personal trials and triumphs as a strong headed bar owner, married to an alcoholic and the devotion she has.
~ Suzan Inskeep