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Make Mine a Double

Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not)

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.

204 pages | 5 1/2 x 9

Biography and Letters


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Table of Contents

An Aperitif – Gina Barreca • Speak-Easy – Kristen Dombek • Just a Splash – Maggie Mitchell • From Absinthe to Zima – Nicole Callihan • This American Martini – Dawn Lundy Martin • Against Mixology – Sarah Deming • The Cocktail as Fashion Accessory – Karen

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