Saturday, July 05, 2014

Ten of the best books & stories on drinking and booze

Olivia Laing is the author of The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking. Hilary Mantel described it as "one of the best books I've read on the creative uses of adversity."

One of Laing's ten best books and stories on drinking and booze, as shared at The Daily Beast:
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway

Published posthumously (after Hemingway’s suicide in 1961), A Moveable Feast is an embellished memoir of his years in Paris, when he was newly married and had a small son, and things were very simple and very good. He spins beautiful, unreliable stories, particularly about his old friend Scott Fitzgerald and the vast quantities of wine and whisky they used to stow away. The story about a roadtrip to Lyon to rescue an abandoned car is a particular pearl.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Moveable Feast made Katherine Monasterio's top five list of incredible tales of Paris’s past and present, the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five books on Americans in Paris, Neil Pearson's six best books list, Diana Souhami's top ten list of "books about Paris and London lesbians in the early 20th century", Laura Landro's five best list of books about travel; it is a book to which Russell Banks always returns.

--Marshal Zeringue