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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; unk edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liza Donnelly is a staff cartoonist for the New Yorker and has authored several books. She lives in New York.

Roz Chast is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. She lives in Connecticut.

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"Liza often steps out from behind her drawing table to make this world not just a funnier place, but a better one too." Planet Green, 2010

"Donnelly's cartoons are the best kind of funny--sly, smart, and right on the money. [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun." Susan Orlean, 2010


Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine. When she first began selling to The New Yorker in 1979, she was the youngest and one of only three cartoonists who were women. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review, and her cartoons have been exhibited around the world. In 2005, she wrote Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons, a history of the women who drew cartoons for the magazine as well as the present women contributors. Other recent books are Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony with the New Yorker's Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin). Liza appeared, with her husband Michael Maslin, on CBS Sunday Morning, BetterTV and she has been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers. Donnelly is a pubic speaker/lecturer and presents on topics such as women and humor, childrens' books and The New Yorker, and has given talks at the United Nations, Thurber House, and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention, Vassar College, Bard College, Omega Institute, The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art, The Norman Rockwell Museum and presented a talk at the first TEDWomen conference. She has been a guest panelist at the Cartoon Event of The New Yorker Festival several times.

Her cartoons can be seen on various websites: narrativemagazine.com, womensEnews.org, huffingtonpost.com, salon.com, dailybeast.com, and revolvingfloor.com, where she is the cartoon editor. She conceived of and is editor for World Ink, a site of international cartoons from contributors around the globe on dscriber.com. She is a charter member of an international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding around the world through humor. Her new book, "When Do They Serve The Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman", was just published by Chronicle Books. Recently, Liza received an International Award in France at the Salon International du Dessins de Presse for her work in cartooning. Her website is lizadonnelly.com and her blog is whendotheyservethewine.wordpress.com. Liza teaches part-time at Vassar College. and is a member of PEN, Authors Guild and the National Cartoonist Society. She and her husband, New Yorker cartoonist, Michael Maslin, live in New York.

"Liza often steps out from behind her drawing table to make this world not just a funnier place, but a better one too." Planet Green, 2010

"Donnelly's cartoons are the best kind of funny--sly, smart, and right on the money. [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun." Susan Orlean, 2010

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I wanted to read a book not look at pictures.
Mary L Kurasz
I would not recommend it for Kindle, the hardcover would be better if you are purchasing this book.
Suzanne Wallace
Cartoons somewhat true but not particularly funny.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Liza Donnelly opens the first chapter of her new book with this comment: "I learned that being a girl was secondary to my concerns...My cartoons were my identity..." Indeed, she has left her mark as a cartoonist while drawing (no pun intended), a following for over twenty-five years.

The chapters are divided by life's decades beginning with--what else? Birth. This arrangement makes it easy to check out where you've been, or better yet where you're going, or just look back and enjoy the memories. I love the double-page cartoon of a hospital nursery with pink-clad babies on one side of the room and blue-clad babies on the other. Some of the cartoons are universal in their message; others...well, you had to be there. That is okay because the book is funny!

The title of When Do They Serve the Wine? is taken from one of the cartoons. You will find it on page 90, where the lady is having a difficult time with yoga. Page 90 is in the 40's decade--about the time a lot of us begin to seek out yoga classes.

This is a comical book for gals, or guys who wish to understand gals. Or, read it together.

by Diana Nolan
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By amazon fan on October 18, 2010
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In one word, HILLARIOUS !
Oh my God, If your a woman over 30 you will totally relate! The writeing and illustrations are phenomal!
All my girlfriends are getting this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cricket on May 3, 2011
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Liza Donnelly has an uncanny ability to use humor to go right to the heart of the matter. A talented New Yorker cartoonist, who has "been there" herself, she expresses the challenges and issues, and hopes and dreams of today's women through the phases of our lives. She empowers us by lightening things up. We can laugh AND see the truth at the same time. A wonderful gift. Thank you, Liza, for sharing your talents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Your Best Friend on July 2, 2013
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WHEN DO THEY SERVE THE WINE? is THE gift book I give my friends for their birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, baby showers, college graduations, retirement parties--pretty much whenever we're celebrating or compensating for one of life's events. Donnelly's wit is insightful and sophisticated (if you want a GARFIELD book, buy a GARFIELD book) yet her mapping of Everywoman's life by using stories and cartoons often illustrating her own is an amazing and welcome addition to every woman's bookshelf. If you like the humor of Nora Ephron,Dorothy Parker,Judith Viorst,and Ellen DeGeneres--humor that's focused on the nuances and challenges of daily existence--you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali Bullard on May 31, 2013
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Great sense of humor from a woman's perspective. Sometimes witty, sometimes dry, all the time funny. An enjoyable and relaxing read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAR on May 31, 2013
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This book was just fun to read for it described many issues with which I've dealt. Actually had a glass of wine while reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By English teacher on May 8, 2013
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Deeply insightful and laugh out loud funny. I keep making people "read this one" and encouraging my friends to buy it. Perfect for people who already know what it is like to be a woman and are now ready to laugh about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TL on August 9, 2012
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this is a fast & fun book, finish in a few hours!! if your looking for something different, this fills the bill.
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