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Summer 2023 Reads

Looking for a good read this summer? Look no further…


Bourbon Crash Course 

The rumors are true; there are more barrels of bourbon than there are people in Kentucky. In fact, statistics tell us there are nearly two barrels of aging bourbon for every Bluegrass State citizen. With a population of nearly 4.5 million and each barrel yielding close to 200 bottles, it’s safe to say the average Kentuckian doesn’t have to look far for a bottle of amber gold. While Kentucky may be known as bourbon’s home base, for bourbon lovers everywhere, the act of drinking bourbon is about more than just its acquisition. It is a lore and an experience, but most of all it is a legacy. As people across the United States and the world begin to wake up to the allure of Kentucky’s state beverage, bourbon is having its moment—the act of coveting, collecting and savoring bottles is now a worthy passion to pursue. With budding enthusiasts clamoring to know more about this American-born creation, finding an entry point into the history and culture of the spirit is a task not easily undertaken. Bourbon 101 offers a distinctive and introductory approach to learning about the world of bourbon. Award-winning author Albert W. A. Schmid takes students through a crash-course in all-things bourbon including its history, production, and enduring cultural identity. Schmid introduces new enthusiasts to the lexicon of bourbon and provides a starting point for those wanting to develop their palate and find the bourbon that best suits their own taste. Told through the lens of Schmid’s own experiences and interactions with experts in the bourbon world, the book is as much a handbook as it is a love letter to a beverage that has left an indelible impression on those who’ve dared to take the first sip.

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book: Spellbinding Spritzes, Fantastical Old-Fashioneds, Magical Margaritas, and More Enchanting Recipes

Introducing The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book: Spellbinding Spritzes, Fantastical Old-Fashioneds, Magical Margaritas, and More Enchanting Recipes by Bertha Barmann [978-1646043507; $19.95; Ulysses Press; October 2022], a bewitching hardcover book packed with cocktail recipes inspired by the world of Harry Potter. It’s the perfect companion for wizards and muggles alike!

Featuring cocktail recipes and mouthwatering mocktails inspired by Hogwarts’ houses and seasonal specialities, The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book has an array of fantastic beverages for any occasion, including Spiked Pumpkin Juice Punch, Snakebite Shot, Butterscotch Beer, Euphoric Fig Elixir, Mad-Eye Lychee Martini, Golden Poptails, Valentine’s Love Potion, Starry Night in the Tower, Headmaster’s Lemon Drop, and much more!

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book is the ultimate guide to step up your potion game and turn your kitchen into a magical place. Perfect for fans of the boy who lived, the wizard in your life will enjoy mastering these fun recipes and raising their glass as they confidently say “mischief managed!”

Raise a toast to the 25th anniversary of The Big Lebowski with The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book: Over 50 Mixed Drink Recipes Inspired by the Cult Classic by award-winning beverage writer and best-selling author André Darlington. With this entertaining book, fans can relive the hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians, White Russians, and a guy named…the Dude one drink at a time! Each original cocktail is inspired by the characters and pivotal scenes from the film and is complete with make-at-home instructions as well as interesting film facts, fun illustrations, and food and song pairings that align with the major characters that have become life lessons and spouted advice within popular culture. Make sure to check out the fun menu and party themes for the ultimate viewing party to celebrate the classics silver anniversary.

DREAMING ON THE PAGE: Tap into your midnight mind to supercharge your writing By Tzivia Gover

“This scrumptious book is a writer’s delight and a dreamers’ dream….Packed with fascinating tips, prompts, and exercises, Dreaming on the Page will spark your imagination and have you reaching for your pillow and pen.”Jean Benedict Raffa, award-winning author of Dream Theatres of the Soul and the Soul’s Twins  New Book Uses Dreams to Discover Meaning and Creativity Through Writing and Journaling Dreams have been an undervalued yet ever-present wellspring of inspiration and creativity, especially for writers. Author Tzivia Gover, a leading voice in the field of dreamwork, has published a new book, Dreaming on the Page: Tap into your midnight mind to supercharge your writing, which offers readers a unique method for accessing our naturally generous and creative dreaming mind, whether we remember our dreams or not.  “Dreams serve the writer, and when we write them down, we give new life to the dreams that have been living inside of us—eager to guide and inspire us—all along,” Tzivia says. “In my new book, I make these connections explicit and show readers what I have intuitively known for years: that dreams and writing are perfect bedfellows, and that by honoring both, we can live more fully connected and harmonious lives.” Dreaming on the Page also offers an effective outlet for anyone suffering from stress and anxiety to transform these troubling emotions through creativity using dreams as the catalyst. “I started writing this book before the pandemic, but with each churn of the news cycle, and each crisis we faced collectively during lockdown, I believed more and more that we need effective ways to engage with our stories. Personally, and in community, dreams and writing can help us make meaning from the lives we are living. Dreaming on the Page offers a way to do just that,” says Tzivia. The book offers readers prompts, journaling tips, and exercises based on the psychology, science, and spirituality of dreaming to make the inner muse accessible to everyone who has a story to tell or a poem to write.  Tzivia divides the book into three parts. Part One provides an overview of dreams, how to capture them on paper, and how to create a Dreaming on the Page daily practice that includes creating rituals for sleep, dreams, and journaling. Part Two, The Generative Dream provides exercises to jump-start your writing, and is packed with exercises and prompts inspired by dreams to get your writing started. Part Three discusses getting published and creating community and connections through dreamwork and writing. Readers will discover how to:•Turn your dreams into poems and stories•Supercharge your poetry and prose•Blast through writer’s block•Use brain science to help harness your creative powers•Have an endless supply of rich writing prompts As we start a new year, Dreaming on the Page is the perfect book to help guide us to our goals. Whether it is to finish a novel, deal with stress and anxiety, or to follow thoughts in a journal to see where they lead, Dreaming on the Page will provideideas to support our intentions. So, pick up your pen and get ready to dream. “Everybody dreams. And everybody has a story to tell.” – Tzivia Gover 

The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts 

by Camper English

Clear ice. It’s frozen water. Why all the fuss? You could say the same thing about pizza, bagels, beer, or any other edible or inedible items—cast-iron pans, chef’s knives—that we obsess over. We want the very best version of our favorite simple things.

In The Ice Book, internationally renowned cocktail icepert Camper English details how to use directional freezing to make perfectly pure ice in a home freezer, carve it up into giant diamonds and other shapes, and embed it with garnishes, including edible orchids and olives. You’ll learn how to create a frozen bowl for Negroni punch, serve a Manhattan inside an ice sphere, and infuse cubes with colors and flavors to create cranberry cobblers, a color-changing Gin and Tonic, and other awesome drinks.

I’ll Drink to That! Broadway Cocktails

Broadway’s Legendary Stars, Classic Shows, and the Cocktails They Inspired

By Laurence Maslon, Photography by Joan Marcus

May 23, 2023

Available wherever books are sold 

Broadway has always raised a glass to celebrate itself—what’s an opening night without popping the cork of a bottle of Champagne? I’ll Drink to That! Broadway’s Legendary Stars, Classic Shows, and the Cocktails They Inspired is a celebration of theatrical tradition, a souvenir of magic moments on stage, and a practical guide to concocting one-of-a-kind craft cocktail recipes inspired by the classics of the American stage.

I’ll Drink to That! expertly mixes clever cocktails that pay homage to unforgettable Broadway shows–such as the Rainbow High from Evita and the Sidecar Named Desire–with authentic recipes for drinks that played supporting roles in beloved shows–like the legendary Vodka Stinger from Company–and shakes it up with a history of the cocktail on Broadway, detailed by one of the leading musical theater historians, Laurence Maslon.

Featured throughout are fantastic images—from intoxicating images of classic shows to portraits of effervescent stage celebrities to vintage liquor ads featuring Broadway stars. Of course, the drinks themselves get their own spotlight, photographed by the legendary Broadway photographer Joan Marcus at the iconic Sardi’s restaurant, home to hundreds of opening nights over the past century.

Drink recipes include:

  • The Vodka Stinger – Inspired by Company, 1970
  • A Sidecar Named Desire – Inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947
  • The French ‘32 – Inspired by Les Misérables, 1985
  • The Hot Honey Flip – Inspired by Chicago, 1975
  • Defying Gravity – Inspired by Wicked, 2004
  • The Hamilton Shot – Inspired by Hamilton, 2015



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