The Joy of Drinking: Bloomsbury, 2007
"Mixing fact, fable, anecdote, and personal opinion with irresistible panache, cultural historian Barbara Holland's The Joy of Drinking (Bloomsbury) distills thousands of years of humankind's lusty relationship with alcohol ... into a slim, sparkling history that covers all manner of blithe spirits...."
"Holland has a light, winsome touch and is always funny."
--The New York Times (click here for The New York Times full review)
"... Grows from a hilarious ancient history lesson into a compulsively readable mini-mosaic of humans and our various fermented tipples as well as our paroxysms of moral indignations over these same tipples ... peppered with quiet humor, science, and historical fact, often in the same sentence."
--Los Angeles Times
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