Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol


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$27.99  $26.03
Hanover Square Press
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6.34 X 9.24 X 1.19 inches | 1.11 pounds

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About the Author

Mallory O'Meara is an author, screenwriter and a producer for the independent film company Dark Dunes Productions. Whether it is for the screen or the page, she seeks creative projects imbued with horror and monsters. A New England native, she now lives in Los Angeles.


"[A] thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, history... Elegantly woven into each cheeky chapter is rigorous historical context... O'Meara glides easily from the 17th-century pulquerias of Mexico to the feminine "fern bars" of the 1970s, making sure to not to forget the queen of girly drinks: the Cosmopolitan. Provoking both thought and laughter, this serves as bracing refreshment from a master textual mixologist." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Feminist and very funny... O'Meara deftly blends in equal measures of social history, gossip, and solid research, and adds enjoyable footnotes... women have discovered, invented, advanced, championed, and celebrated alcohol. Ladies? This calls for a drink." -Booklist

"At last, the feminist history of booze we've been waiting for! After centuries of being excluded, ignored, or treated as accessories, Mallory O'Meara has put women at the center of a global history of alcohol. From winemakers and distillers to activists, leaders, and change-makers, Girly Drinks takes us on a whirlwind tour of the role women have played in what we drink, and how, when, and why we drink it."
--AMY STEWART, author of The Drunken Botanist

"Girly Drinks is anything but--a raw shot of boozy history that stings as well as it soothes!"

"With this lively book Mallory O'Meara has provided a real service, giving us not only a long-overdue new perspective on a great many familiar issues, but also raising all kinds of other issues that are unfamiliar and shouldn't be."
--DAVID WONDRICH, author of Imbibe

"Cheers to Mallory O'Meara and her serious yet seriously entertaining treatise on the history of gendered drinks. Girly Drinks will introduce you to queens and nuns, bootleggers and bartenders, telling their stories and proving the point that all drinks are girly drinks."
--JEANETTE HURT, author of Wisconsin Cocktails and Drink Like a Woman

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"If you loved Hidden Figures, you'll love this much-overdue biography of Disney's first female animator, and Hollywood's only woman (still) to design a monster for a major motion picture." --Town and Country

"There's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her." --Booklist (starred review)

"Engaging and compelling.... A fierce and often very funny guide to the distaff side of geekdom." --Los Angeles Times

"O'Meara's chatty, impassioned book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon, lifts Milicent Patrick out of the mire of obscurity. O'Meara is a dogged researcher and a fierce partisan...Patrick's story [has] resonances for today, when women in Hollywood still find themselves in the company of monsters." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR "Fresh Air"

"Captivating and exhaustively researched...This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)