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The Joy of Drinking [Hardcover]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.3" Width: 4.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596913371  
EAN  9781596913370  

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With characteristic elegance and delicious wit, Barbara Holland, ("a national treasure,"---Philadelphia Inquirer) celebrates the age-old act of drinking in this gimlet-eyed survey of man's relationship with booze, since the joyful discovery, ten thousand years ago, of fermented fruits and grains. In this spirited paean to alcohol, two parts cultural history, one part personal meditation, Holland takes readers on a bacchanalian romp through the Fertile Crescent, the Mermaid Tavern, Plymouth Rock, and Capitol Hill and reveals, as Faulkner famously once said, how civilization indeed begins with fermentation. Filled with tasty tidbits about distillers, bootleggers, taverns, hangovers, and Alcoholics Anonymous, The Joy of Drinking is a fascinating portrait of the world of pleasures fermented and distilled.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Holland's books include Secrets of the Cat, Hail to the Chief, and One's Company. Her articles have appeared in Arts and Entertainment, Country Journal, and Smithsonian. She lives in Bluemont, Virginia.

Barbara Holland currently resides in Bluemont, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Holland was born in 1944.

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A refreshing reminder  Jul 25, 2008
This makes for an excellent gift to anyone who you would consider a drinking buddy, but beyond that it paints a wonderful picture of the history of alcohol and its role in civilization. Holland is a fantastic writer who will make you laugh with her research and her wit. Things like the tab that the founding fathers racked up the night before they signed the declaration of independence are hilarious.
All in all its comforting to be reminded of how wonderful alcohol really is when you're working hard and doing a lot of thinking.
Gettin' all likkered-up  Jan 11, 2008
"A popular hangover cure called for two ounces of opium, one of saffron, a dash of cloves and cinnamon, and a pint of wine, though perhaps in an emergency you could skip the cinnamon." - Barbara Holland in THE JOY OF DRINKING

In this relatively short (148 pages), small format hardcover, Barbara Holland explores mankind's long-standing love-hate relationship with booze. In order to establish the universal appeal of alcoholic beverages, she reminds the reader that such have an honored past in such far flung and widely disparate civilizations as ancient China, Aztecan Mexico, Mohammad-era Arabia, nomadic Mongolia, Tahiti, Central Africa, Nepal, the this siteian jungle, and ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome and Egypt. She fails to mention the Eskimos.

Entering the more or less modern era, Holland next focuses on England with its beer, ale, gin, tankards, and taverns. Then, she skips across The Pond to England's political and sociological offspring, the Thirteen Colonies, eventually to become the United States, where her story matures to include rum, martinis (shaken vs. stirred), cocktails, moonshine, the Temperance Movement, Prohibition, alcoholism, hangovers, and the current trends towards high-priced coffee and bottled water as more socially acceptable but less satisfying alternatives. She concludes the book with two appendices, one incorporating home recipes for making one's own applejack, apple wine, elderberry wine, dandelion wine, blackberry wine, frozen potato wine, and peach brandy, and the second on starting up your own still, complete with a helpful diagram.

Here as in all her books of social commentary, Holland's tone is wryly humorous, breezy, and irreverent while constructing a sufficiently detailed and comprehensive overview to make its entertaining point(s). Yet, this one isn't so burdened with esoterica as to lose a relative non-drinker such as myself. (Two to three beers per week and the monthly glass of wine satisfy my taste for alcohol not withstanding that a daily moderate intake has ostensible health benefits.)

THE JOY OF DRINKING is a necessary addition to any Barbara Holland fan's library. And it has the added attraction of being a quick read.
funny and biting  Sep 25, 2007
I met Barbara Holland at our book club when we read HAIL TO THE CHIEFS. She's as great in person as she is on paper. Thanks, Barbara, for THE JOY OF DRINKING. Witty, with just enough sarcasm and bite. It's good to take a step back and laugh yourself sometimes. I loved it.
Its more like the "Joy of Denial"  Aug 23, 2007
What a joke! Sounds like someone is trying to justify their drinking! If you think you drink too much and need to feel thats its OK then this is the book for you!
Joy of Drinking  Jul 7, 2007
Bought books as Christmas gift for oenophiles on my list. Read a newspaper review, and thought it would be entertaining and informative.

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