How to Get Through Hell on Earth Without Drinking a Keg or Kicking a Garden Gnome

Real-Life Stories + Lessons

Non-Fiction - Memoir
302 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2023
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Author Biography

I write kooky books. Create semi-creepy art. Spend way too much money on dog toys and crystals. Laugh so loud it makes people turn and stare. And I’ve never been happier in my life.

I didn’t get drunk, get stalked, get homeless and then get sober and spiritual just to sit on my butt and play the Scrabble app (although I do that on weekends).

I’m here to help other people fall in love with and rejoice in who they really are. To break out of their self-made cocoons. To discover and live in their purpose.

This life is mine and I’m claiming it. How long before you claim yours, too?


My "Get Through Hell on Earth" book was inspired by all of the above. I had spent way too long living in one kind of hell or another, whether it was alcohol addiction, bad relationships or just plain misery brought about by my own negative thinking.

When I finally found a way to get out of hell on earth and into a happy, joyful existence I just HAD to share it with the world.

So, hello world! I hope you give it a read. Let me know what you think. And, above all else, live your happiest, most successful life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

It’s a long title but Ryn Gargulinski’s How to Get Through Hell on Earth Without Drinking a Keg or Kicking a Garden Gnome wastes no time in getting straight to the point of how she gets her life back from being a keg hugger to an award-winning writer, artist, and speaker. It’s a story of recovery from alcoholism filled with sardonic humor. Her life story is structured in four simple parts. She begins with her downfall like a rebel angel thrown out of heaven as she wakes up tied to a hospital bed. The death of hope has made her cross the line into full-blown alcoholism. From withdrawals to Alcoholics Anonymous to finding a spiritual connection and falling in love, and strategies for recovery, this is a story that's a testament to alcoholics that it is all up to you if you are determined to take your life back.

Ryn Gargulinski has done a lot of stupid things during her alcohol addiction that have become an integral angle in delivering her personal experience with humor and reality that bites. This is what makes How to Get Through Hell on Earth humorous, informative, and wildly entertaining. Many people who suffer from alcoholism surrender everything good to alcohol but Gurgulinski didn’t give up her capacity for wit. Considering that laughter is therapeutic, this is a good thing. While alcohol made her numb, it didn’t soothe her pain entirely. She found humor as an instrument for her recovery to remove the pain. Don’t get her wrong; there’s nothing funny about battling alcoholism but the severity of the things she has done she treats with humor. She dares to be silly, period. This is an inspiring must-read for anyone who is either suffering from alcoholism or knows someone who is.


How to Get Through Hell on Earth is a compelling story told with a casual nonchalance that belies the pain, sorrow, and most of all, hope that it took to bring her to sobriety. She is a courageous young woman!


I stayed up late last night & read the first 40 pages, I could hardly put it down! What an extraordinary gift you have with words & writing!!

Stephanie D.

I absolutely love your book, Ryn. I am so impressed with it and so impressed with you for writing it!

Your book packs a wallop. You really went through hell and you don't show it AT ALL. No one would ever guess!

You're an amazing writer and a true artist!


I couldn't put it down.

A fun little read…
…in a sick kind of way


Excellence in self-analysis.

Harriet NYC

Inspiring and concrete story of how to live joyous and free life.
Excellent read. Excellent book.
Loved the honest, clear voice of writer. Her conversational style is so easy to to read and says so much in its crisp language. Nothing is vague, no profanity, real words!!!!
The focus is on on how to live after one stops drinking. What choices one makes. Taking responsibility, not blaming others and seeing seeming setbacks as opportunities to learn and create.
This book has insights for everyone, those in recovery and those simply seeking to make the most of their lives and give to others.

Amazon customer - Verified

Could not put down!
Wow! What an amazingly written novel of Ryn’s journey through this thing we call life! Tools and knowledge to apply to anyone going thru literally anything! Beautiful story!


Read in less than 24 hours!
At first I struggled to write a review because I didn’t think I could do it justice! It was soooo good, easy to read and took a difficult topic and brought humor and hope. Highly recommend!!