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Nobody Likes a Quitter (and other reasons to avoid rehab): The Loaded Life of an Outlaw Booze Writer Paperback – November 3, 2007
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Drinking hasn't dulled his wit; some passages are terrifically funny, even if it's often clear that the telling is funnier than the events themselves. -- Booklist Online, June 2008
Dunn is a wine and spirits columnist ... and thus spends vast amounts of time in a state of inebriation for what he refers to as "research purposes." In Quitter, Dunn tells of his adventures in the world of wine in a way that never ceases to amuse. -- The University News, November 30, 2007
His ability to grab a reader's attention seems at points, effortless. -- The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina, November 16, 2007
His hilarious memoir chronicles his voyages across the seas of booze-column stardom. Accompanied by a crew of quirky characters, including his freeloading roommate turned Hollywood superstar, Bottomfeeder, and a demonic, blackmailing attorney, The Beast, Dunn sets out to prove that sobriety is completely and utterly overrated. -- The Pitt News, University of Pittsburgh, November 28, 2007
I have tippled and traveled with Dunn, and I know that at least some of these stories have some connection to the truth. As they say on television, do not try this at home. -- Los Feliz Ledger, December 2007
Nobody Likes a Quitter is a humorous look at how Dunn went from a life of coke-snorting and couch-surfing in Aspen, Colorado, to living the booze-writer life filled with all-expense paid trips to investigate the latest in European drinking habits. -- Memphis Flyer, December 2007
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"Welcome to the weird and wacky world of Dan Dunn. He now lays claim to being one of the funniest and most cunning rascals in the dirty trenches of journalism. This is the first of many wonderful books to come." --Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge
"Dan Dunn is a fanatical party monster who is a danger to himself and anyone who crosses his path. The funny thing is--and I do mean funny--he's lived to write about it. If I don't get to direct the movie version of Nobody Likes a Quitter, I'm firing my agent." --Danny Leiner, director of Dude, Where's My Car? and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
"Dan Dunn's writing has always been droll and dripping with inebriated humor from his well-lubricated editorials in the Aspen, Colorado, daily papers to his sloshed blogs on the Internet. I first met him passed out on the floor, at the feet of my former neighbor, the late Hunter S. Thompson, and have been waiting for him to sober up enough to finish this damn book ever since!" --John Oates of the rock duo Hall & Oates
"Every time I read the literary genius that is Dan Dunn, I'm floored. But then I pick myself up off the floor, crawl back up on my barstool, and crack open another box of wine. He makes me feel so smart." --Mark Steines, host of Entertainment Tonight
"As a health and nutrition writer, I have failed at many attempts to explain how Dan Dunn is still alive. Imbiber is too kind of a description for Dan. The man has drunk from a fire hose and has distilled ambrosia from this so that we ourselves might civilly imbibe. To steal a phrase from Fleetwood Mac, Dan Dunn makes lovin' fun." --Christopher Wanjek, author of Food at Work and Bad Medicine
"Dan is both knowledgeable and self deprecating. His stories about the things that alcohol makes one do are so wickedly raw and funny it may have you reconsider drinking alcohol altogether." --Dominique Paul, author of The Possibility of Fireflies
More About the Author
Dunn co-wrote (along with Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") the half-hour comedy pilot "Living Loaded," which is based on Dan's book "Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour" (Random House, 2011). The pilot, produced by FX for Fox, starred Donald Sutherland, Mike Vogel and Larry Wilmore of "The Daily Show." Dunn also published the book, "Nobody Likes a Quitter... and other reasons to avoid rehab" (Running Press, 2007).
A long-time journalist and raconteur, Dan's work has appeared in GQ, USA Today, Maxim, and the LA Times. He's appeared on Conan, the Adam Carolla Show, the Henry Rollins Show on IFC, and the Mark and Brian Show on KROQ. He is a regular guest on the Playboy Radio Morning Show on Sirius/XM satellite radio, and a former staff writer for the Emmy-nominated Talk Soup. For several years, he hosted an adult beverage-themed podcast for famed deejay Tom Leykis's New Normal Network, and his website, www.theimbiber.net, is a popular destination for adult beverage enthusiasts the world over.
Top Customer Reviews
It's hard not to see the parallels to "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Dunn's mentor and one-time bothersome Colorado neighbor, Hunter S. Thompson. (The two used to hang together in the 1990s, and Dunn apparently has the crazed late-night voicemail message from Thompson on his machine to prove it.)
Admittedly, and Dunn would have to agree, Quitter isn't as literary as Fear and Loathing --- there's no stated quest to find the American dream, although Dunn seems to be living it; no stated agenda of capturing the essence of generations x, y or z --- but the rhythm and the fun and the spirit (and spirits) are there. Whereas Thompson was on assignment for Rolling Stone and his fuel was his narcotics, Dunn consumes nearly every known mainstream and indigenous intoxicant in North America and Europe while remaining ever so loyal to the Deadline, capital D, and his responsibility to his readers.
Dunn is proud and irreverent, with 12 chapters in Quitter based on AA's 12 steps. This is the stuff he obviously couldn't put into his newspaper columns.Read more ›
This book will have you peeing in your pants, so be sure to read it on the toilet. Dan has Dunn it again! Go buy two so you can lend one out!
Side note: There are a few nice sounding cocktail recipes scattered throughout the book, but I'm pretty sure the internet provides those as well.
Didn't enjoy this, and frankly, now judge the friend of mine who recommended it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love fiction and comedy, you will love this book. Dan dunn is a unique writer and his book is worth reading. Read morePublished on November 28, 2007 by Robin M. Kriza
If I were going to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring 2 books, they would be:
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I was amused throughout the entire book! I especially liked the saying of "Old Swill", I think I might use that myself. Great book, I recommend this book to everyone!!!Published on November 7, 2007 by B. Daly
This book was fantastic! I finished it yesterday on my
flight to/from san francisco. It's hysterical! Read more
Having been a huge fan of Dan's column in the Metro newspapers, I was so excited to hear he had put all of his great wit into a book and it does not disappoint! Read morePublished on October 26, 2007 by NAS