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Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not) Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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“Like a well-made cocktail, the essays gathered by Gina Barreca in Make Mine a Double will make you feel by turns joyful, giddy, warm, and maybe just a little weepy. Better yet, there’s no need to wait until the sun is over the yardarm to enjoy this fine collection of women’s writing about booze. So open up, dive in, and know that you’re doing a good deed, too: All profits from the purchase of this book will go to Windham Hospital’s ‘Gina’s Friends’ fund, which aids women in need.” (Lynn Peril, author of Pink Think, College Girls, and Swimming in the Steno Pool)
“I LOVE this book! It’s not only about women’s intimate relationships with martinis, mojitos, & champagne, it’s also about the gender politics of women’s drinking. From a meditation on cocktails as agents of liberation to the politics of mother-and-toddler groups who use bars as social space, Make Mine a Double explores women’s relationships to alcohol and its power to liberate, confine, or define them. A gift book for the twenty-first century.” (Susan K. Harris, Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Kansas)
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Grab your favorite libation, alcoholic or not, and curl up with this book. You'll find support for whatever position you take on the subject of drinking. Gina uses her masterful skills as an acclaimed humorist and college professor to select and edit the most entertaining essays on this topic.
This is a great gift for any woman, regardless of age or attitude. Come to think of it, men would enjoy it too! Wouldn't you guys like to know why we women drink - or don't?! And the profits go to Windham Hospital's "Gina's Friends" fund, which aids women in need. A book most worthy of your reading time!
As a man who was always scared when his date ate like a bird, I love the women in this book and I love how insistent they are on having their pleasures. I love how sensitive these essays are to the messy ways we tell girls to tame themselves, largely so that they can be ready to clean up after those boys who "will be boys." There's a wide range of voices and all of them are funny, smart, and touching in powerful combinations.