Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History

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Algonquin Books
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6.3 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Bailey is an author and Emmy-nominated screenwriter. His previous books include American Hollow, Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, Of All the Gin Joints, and the children's book Tiny Pie. His films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Netflix, and Lifetime. Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Edward Hemingway is the creator of Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, and Bad Apple's Perfect Day, as well as the illustrator of My Miserable Life by F.L. Block. He has written features in GQ magazine and comics for Nickelodeon, and his artwork has been published in The New York Times and Nickelodeon Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"[An] entertaining assemblage of boozy anecdotes, quotes, and Tinseltown lore." --Elle

"This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And I thought I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era." --Chelsea Handler

"Booze it up with F. Scott! Roll one with McQueen! In Of All The Gin Joints, you can experience the true measure of showbiz debauchery without the annoying side effects of divorce, death, or unfulfilled potential!" --Rob Lowe, author of Love Life

"Pure fun . . . A perfect bedside reader." --ImbibeMagazine.com

"Foodies and celebrity watchers alike will be delighted by this walk through Hollywood drinking history." --Library Journal, starred review

"Sensational stories of drinking and excess by Hollywood celebrities . . . [A] scrapbook approach, full of boxes and sidebars and illustrated with numerous cartoons by Edward Hemingway, while the stories are funny, sad and at times, unbelievable in the way only Hollywood could pull off." --Forbes.com

"Hollywood gossip before TMZ came along and ruined it for everyone." --BookRiot

"Emmy-nominated screenwriter Mark Bailey has concocted a heady mixture of stories from Hollywood watering holes . . . Snappy little bios of some of Hollywood's most famous imbibers . . . And like an olive in a dry martini, Edward Hemingway's slightly off-kilter illustrations are a nice adornment. Cheers!" --Newsday

"An irresistible compendium of Hollywood inebriates. It's one part history, one part cocktail recipe book, topped off with soulful black-and-white caricatures . . . Whatever your preferences or level of party, your knowledge of Hollywood or mixology, Of All the Gin Joints has something for everyone." --KirkusReviews.com

"This wonderful combination of words and pictures is the perfect cocktail of a book: sweet enough to go down easily, sour enough to cleanse the palate, and strong enough to leave you giddy. I gulped down the first half and sipped the second half slowly, but when I finished I still wanted more!" --Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air

"Of All the Gin Joints is one part cinematic history, one part old Hollywood weirdness, and one part handy basic bar guide, with a dash of romance and more than a few wry twists. Bailey and Hemingway prove themselves very entertaining cultural mixologists." --Sam Lipsyte