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The Joy of Drinking
 
 
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Barbara Holland.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781596913370
Pages/Publication Date 151/2007
Daedalus Item Code 31905
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In this spirited paean to alcohol—two parts cultural history, one part personal meditation—Barbara Holland takes readers on a bacchanalian romp through the Fertile Crescent, the Mermaid Tavern, Plymouth Rock, and Capitol Hill to reveal, as Faulkner famously said, how civilization indeed begins with fermentation. She gives us a fascinating portrait of man's 10,000-year relationship with booze, filled with tidbits about distillers, bootleggers, taverns, hangovers, and Alcoholics Anonymous.

"With a style as witty, practical and Triple Sec as M.F.K. Fisher's, Holland's The Joy of Drinking grows from a hilarious ancient history lesson into a compulsively readable mini-mosaic of humans and our various fermented tipples."—LATimes

 
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