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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (November 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568583664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568583662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His status as a wine and spirits writer has allowed him to travel the world and party with celebrities such as Kid Rock, Bono, the Culkin brothers and Bon Jovi, just to name a few. This just adds to the entertaining nature of the book. -- Hofstra Chronicle, November 2007

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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Here's what people are saying about the author and his new tome...

"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

For years, Dan Dunn penned the enormously popular "Imbiber" column for Playboy, and has been described, quite aptly, as the country's preeminent "rockstar booze writer." He is the host of "Dan Dunn's Happy Hour" on SiriusXM, a weekly radio program dedicated to the appreciation of adult beverages.

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.

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Dan has Dunn it again!
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Dan Dunn has written a book that is not only freakin' funny, but is also a very informative tome about the history of booze.
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This book had me laughing my butt off from page one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Duncan on November 28, 2007
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The identity of the man who pens one of America's most widely circulated booze columns is illusive. From humble beginnings as a local newspaper columnist in Aspen, Colorado, to rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at swank L.A. mixers, the public truly knows little about this man of mystery, despite a career that threatens to bleed through three or four decades. His mystique remains uncompromised in the pages of Nobody Likes a Quitter. Dunn's episodic remembrances are seasoned with recipes for cocktails and shots, tips for selecting premium spirits and advice on who to drink them with. For the modern bathroom and subway reader, this format is ideal--this way you can pick up or leave off anywhere in the book without loosing your orientation. No matter when-- no matter where-- no matter if you're sipping straight Johnnie Walker Blue or chugging from a Dixie cup of Franzia boxed wine-- you're going to have a good time with this book.
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"Nobody Likes a Quitter" rocks, which makes sense, because author Dan Dunn apparently likes his liquor on the rocks and, well, in just about any other form. Dunn, a professional booze writer for numerous magazines and newspapers, manages to bundle up his social life, professional life, and the life of the various skid-row bums he calls friends and roommates --- who may or may not be completely real but who are unfortunately at least 75% real --- into a tight roman à clef narrative of debauchery and merriment.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue on October 27, 2007
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I fell in love with this guys writing & style & stories back in my own booze soaked days of Aspen life...I would fall out of bed, throw on my gear, head to the bus stop and ALWAYS snatch up a Daily News anticipating the next hilarious Dan Dunn story...I think I even saved a few...
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!
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This book had me laughing my butt off from page one. His observations on the entertainment business and the booze business are witty and very, very funny. I also really liked the odd and peculiar anecdotes about the history of libations... and the drink recipes are nice! There's no way this book won't put a smile on your face and have you reaching for a tumbler of Blue Label!
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By S. Hill on January 10, 2013
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This is what it'd be like to talk to some d-bag at a bar to drop a bunch of names and try to convince you how awesome he is, but to pay money for that experience. At least when you read this book you don't have to fake smile at the really poor attempts at humor or feign interest at the aimless stories that are just an excuse to drop tidbits about how many cool people you know or how great your life is.

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.
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By MTT on February 11, 2008
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Dan Dunn has written a book that is not only freakin' funny, but is also a very informative tome about the history of booze. If you are unable to travel this year, pick up this book, pour yourself a drink and take a trip with Dunn as he traverses the world in search of free booze and food. You will not be disappointed.
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By Leigh Spencer on August 23, 2008
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It's Dan Dunn at his best. It is totally inappropriate. I mean that in the best way possible. If you are a fan of his writing, buy this book!
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