Barbara Holland Review

April 9th, 2009  |  Published in reviews/guides


Message In a Bottle: Elephants drink wine and other tales from the still.
Review by Stinson Carter
BlackBook Magazine, April/May 2007

Humans first fell off the wagon when we “gave up wandering around eating whatever came to hand and settle down to raise crops,” writes Barbara Holland in her new book, The Joy Of Drinking. Surplus crops sat around and fermented, and soon the magic of alcohol struck the ancient world as a “supernatural inspiration, a blessing draped simultaneously over the peoples of the earth.” From here, Holland races through the ensuing 10,000 years of booze-pickled history with taut, conversational prose… click to continue reading

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