Gin - Object Lessons (Paperback)
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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 12/11/2020
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Gin tastes like Christmas to some and rotten pine chips to others, but nearly everyone familiar with the spirit holds immediate gin nostalgia. Although early medical textbooks treated it as a healing agent, early alchemists (as well as their critics) claimed gin's base was a path to immortality-and also Satan's tool. In more recent times, the gin trade consolidated the commercial and political power of nations and prompted a social campaign against women. Gin has been used successfully as a defense for murder; blamed for massive unrest in 18th-century England; and advertised for as an abortifacient. From its harshest proto-gin distillation days to the current smooth craft models, gin plays a powerful cultural role in film, music, and literature-one that is arguably older, broader, and more complex than any other spirit. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501353277
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 148 g
Dimensions: 165 x 121 mm


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In this expansive volume, Shonna Milliken Humphrey traces the history of gin, exploring the ways it's been imbibed and the other uses it's had throughout human history - some of which may surprise you. * Inside Hook *
The book is far from a staid account - strange history, trivia, recipes and anecdotes abound, and Humphrey weaves autobiographical episodes throughout, making for an engaging read. * Portland Press Herald *
I loved this book even more than I love gin, which is saying a lot. William Blake found a world in a grain of sand, but here Shonna Milliken Humphrey finds the whole universe in a juniper berry. By turns erudite and hilarious, thoughtful and provocative, Shonna shows us the history of the spirit, and-at times-her own heart. One of the most delightful books I've ever read. * Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author of Good Boy and She's Not There *
This book is written in a light and fun way. Humphrey does a good job of giving you a quick overview to the history of gin, its origins, and evolution ... as a quick intro, and potential stocking filler this book works well. * Irish Tech News *
This riveting little pocket-sized book about gin provides excellent rumination for the festive season. * The Australian Women's Weekly *

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“Read with a glass in your hand”

In younger days I’m sure we all had a bad experience of gin. I certainly did. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve rediscovered it. It’s now my drink of choice. What this book does brilliantly is it takes... More

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