Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book,free of charge,from St martin's Press, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

It's Monday, so we all need coffee....

But maybe we can elevate our coffee today...

Literary Starbucks cover


Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drink might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough?

Look no further; Literary Starbucks, based on the viral eponymous tumblr, explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.

brothers grimm literary starbucks quote


For those of you who have missed the Gilmore Girls, for all the literary references, that made you THINK, this is the book that a fictional Rory would have had a hand in! From page one, you will be laughing at the scenarios and wondering about the minds who came up with the hilarious anecdotes!
Check out this one tht had me rolling:

capote  literary starbucks quote

Some of the tales pick up later in the book, with characters and authors coming back into the coffee shop and having further 'episodes'. There are some funny drawings to go along with the tales, and this is a perfect book for gift giving this holiday season (It's ALMOST here...), both as a hostess present with a Starbucks card, or as part of a coffee themed gift basked! 

If you love coffee, love literature, and appreciate smart humor, this IS the book for you!

About the Authors/Illustrator:

NORA KATZ is a senior at Carleton College, studying history and archaeology. 
WILSON JOSEPHSON is a senior at Carleton College, studying English. He an editor at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. 
JILL POSLANZER is a graduate of Carleton College, with a degree in English. She works at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. 
HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine, and creator of the internationally syndicated, single panel gag cartoons entitled Bliss.

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