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I was completely enthralled by Drinking with Dead Women Writers as Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner took turns in a fantastical romp through literature and drink, tossing back cocktails with some of the greatest female voices in literary history, allowing us to know these writers and their minds in essays both hilarious and thoughtful. A rare mix of cleverness and intellect, and a total blast to read. --Alan Heathcock, award winning author of VOLT

About the Author

Elaine Ambrose is the author of Menopause Sucks and an author of five other books. Her short stories and feature articles appear in several anthologies and magazines. AK Turner is the creator of The Writers' Block on Radio Boise. She writes a humor column for the Boise City Revue and served as a Writer-in-Residence.

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  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Mill Park Publishing; 1 edition (April 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VTRU06
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NEBrisson on April 25, 2012
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I bought this book early this afternoon expecting to enjoy it one story at a time, as I unwind from days with a glass of wine. Instead, I will be re-reading it in this fashion, because I both started and finished the collection this afternoon, sans alcohol. The weaving of the intelligence and wit of the authors with historical facts about their subjects delightfully captured my interest and imagination, and I suspect will continue to do so for many glasses of Red to come. If you enjoy a book that brilliantly balances thought-provoking notions with good laughs, I highly recommend you also try Drinking with Dead Women Writers.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Storm on September 30, 2012
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The idea is interesting, but it could have been carried out much better. The two authors each meet different deceased women writers for drinks and conversation. The writers include Emily Dickinson, the Bronte sisters, Erma Bombeck, and Jane Austen. Most of the information in the short chapter devoted to each writer (or writers) could be found by searching Wikipedia. Also, the authors spend too much time gushing about how much they admire each of the writers. The only reasons I'm not giving this 1 star are the idea has potential, and I got the e-version free of charge. The authors should have included information about the writers that isn't already widely known, and should have given less attention to their own personal feelings about the writers. Some people might find this entertaining. It didn't grab me. I would have preferred fewer chapters with more details about the writers.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on August 21, 2012
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Two authors take turns writing short stories about different famous women authors who have passed on to the other side. The living author imagines what the conversation ,at a bar with wine, would sound like. They pretend to interview Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, Ann Rynd, and many more.

The idea of having a conversation with a favorite who is dead has potential. Unfortunately each story sounds the same as the last. Each story they drink wine, the deceased author hope that her family got rid of the letter she wrote, and ends after the deceased author is done complaining. I feel the living authors could have explored so much more, maybe about the world now, or ask how being dead was treating them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elka Gimpel on August 21, 2013
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Drinking with Dead Women Writers By Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner is exactly what the title suggests. The two authors take turns traveling, drinking and interviewing 16 dead female writers like Margaret Meade, Flannery O’Connor and Willa Cather. The deceased’s side of the conversation is composed of their well-known quotations and peppered with their more scandalous manners.

Some of the highlights were: a damp and chilled Virginia Wolfe–still with the stones in her pocket; Dorothy Parker getting raunchy with a bartender; and George Elliot indignantly recounting having been dumped in Highgate with the dissenters and agnostics because Westminster Abby refused to bury her.

This was such an interesting idea, and I really wanted to love it, but for me, the results were inconsistent. The interviews with Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath were a drag. Yes, Emily Dickinson was reclusive and strange, but she was also so much more than that. The Louisa May Alcott short was disappointing. I had hoped the spunkier side of her, the side that said, “Money is the means and the ends of my mercenary existence,” would have been presented and mention of her seedier stories about transvestites and drug addicts would have been made.

While occasionally funny and insightful, I would have liked to see more detail and consistency in the quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on August 28, 2012
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Some of you may know that I am addicted to kindle freebies. I'm ashamed to say my digital library is flooded with titles I've downloaded at no charge. Thing is, I've found that most of these books are decent at best. I try to review them, give my honest feedback and all but I've made it a sort of personal mission to find something worth recommending. Usually, I come up short and occasionally I have to concede defeat but I have found reason to hope. Ambrose and Turner's Drinking with Dead Women Writers is amusing, creative and, in my opinion, worth the 2.99 it is now going for on Amazon.

In a nutshell, the book is a compiled set of mock interviews between the Ambrose, Turner and some of the most well-known literary women of the underworld. Chapters are short, a few pages each but distinctive. I had worried Ambrose and Turner would run out of steam but this wasn't the case. I was as tickled by Margaret Mead as I was Ayn Rand. Dorothy Parker and Erma Bombeck literally had me giggling through my lunch break. Giggling I tell you! Really my only quibble is the final line of Ambrose's sit down with Margaret Mitchell. Rather than channel her own work into her dialogue as do our other interviewees, the deceased opted to advertise her appreciation for artistic license and screen legend Clark Gable. It's funny really; I never would have thought the author would prefer the film adaptation to her own work. Go figure.

Engaging and revealing, but most of all, flat out funny. Will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment, Drinking with Dead Drunks, this fall.
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