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Make Mine a Double
Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not)
Gina Barreca, ed.

Available only as an ebook.

2011 • 204 pp. 5 1/2 x 9"
Biography - Writers / Essays / Humor

$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-213-7

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“In lieu of an evening out with the intelligent, witty contributors, this laugh-out-loud funny, touching, thought-provoking collection is highly recommended.”Library Journal

Bottoms up! This landmark celebration of women and drink chips away at traditional images of gender, one ice-cube at a time.

Make Mine a Double pours together a collection of witty, intelligent, and provocative pieces about women and their beverages of choice. Edited by humorist and academic mahatma Gina Barreca, the twenty-eight original essays here come from a diverse community of voices from ages twenty-one to seventy-nine, including such luminaries as Fay Weldon, Wendy Liebman, Amy Bloom, Liza Donnelly, Nicole Hollander, Beth Jones, Dawn Lundy Martin, and many others.

Equal parts paean to spirits, an open discussion of drinking (or not drinking), and a call to feminists everywhere to say “salut,” Make Mine a Double shimmers with thoughtfulness, humor, and self-examination. These tales of women’s complex relationships with alcohol are the story of every woman’s effort to find her independence and sense of belonging, be it at a college party, a high-powered cocktail party, or on a stool at the neighborhood watering hole.

Barreca and the writers have agreed that all their profits from the book will be donated to Windham Hospital’s “Gina’s Friends” fund, which aids women in need.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Barreca’s anthology fills a gap in the portrayal of drinking women by not positing them as merely lightweights or lushes, but as intelligent, confident women who embrace and celebrate the drink. Readers and students of Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, and Social History will definitely find many questions and issues to discuss.”Bookslut

“A collection of witty, provocative pieces about women and their beverages of choice pulled together by humorist Gina Barreca, these tales of women’s complex relationships with alcohol are the story of every woman’s effort to find independence. All profits from the book will be donated to Windham Hospital’s ‘Gina’s Friends’ fund, which aids women in need.”Publisher’s Weekly

“In Make Mine a Double, a spirited collection of 28 original essays, Barecca, Amy Bloom, Fay Weldon, Nicole Hollander and others write humorously about the social stigma of women who sip as well as their relationships with (or without) booze.”More

Make Mine A Double raises the bar and tells the true story about women and booze that is both sobering and funny.”Elmore Leonard, author of Raylan

“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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GINA BARRECA has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, The Today Show, Joy Behar, and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her books, which have been translated into seven languages, include They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted, Babes in Boyland, and It’s Not That I’m Bitter. She is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut.

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