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Drinking with Dead Women Writers (Drinking with Dead Writers)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  437 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
"A rare mix of cleverness and intellect, and a total blast to read." -Alan Heathcock, award winning author of VOLT.

"Engaging and revealing, but most of all, flat out funny." -Flashlight Commentary

Essays on drinking with Dorothy Parker, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Erma Bombeck, The Bronte Sisters, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Margaret Mead, Edna St. Vinc
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by Mill Park Publishing
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Jul 17, 2012 Richard rated it liked it
I thought this was such a good idea for a book, a nice spin on the Ideal Dinner Guest game.

In places its done well, Plath, Woolfe, Parker and Dickinson are probably the stand out chapters.

However due to the book's premise the chapters can feel a bit formulaic (it may be better to just read 1 or 2 at a time) and some read as if the authors weren't sure whether they were writing a creative short story, interview or fact sheet. Sadly this means that at times it fails to be any of the three.

The ch
Teri Zipf
Feb 19, 2013 Teri Zipf rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, ebook
You'd get a lot more information if you looked up the writer in Wikipedia, but if you want to read a few paragraphs about a few writers, it's all right. Just don't expect to get any insight. The premise offers that hope, but really, you can tell that the living writers banged it together just as quickly as they said they would in the preface.
Jul 21, 2012 Lynne rated it liked it
Recommended to Lynne by: it was a Kindle freebie
4 stars for the concept, 3 for the execution thereof.

So many times I'd read about a favorite female author's life and think, "this is a broad I'd love to have coffee with." Ambrose and Turner go one further, choosing a favorite libation and sharing it with a notable female author back from the dead.

AK Turner's chapters felt more "natural" than Elaine Ambrose's. Ambrose sort of stitched together some of the author's famous quotes, while Turner tried harder to synthesize them and make them feel m
Jul 28, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....

Some of you may know that I am addicted to kindle freebies. I’m ashamed to say my digital library is flooded with titles I’ve downloaded at no charge. Thing is, I’ve found that most of these books are decent at best. I try to review them, give my honest feedback and all but I’ve made it a sort of personal mission to find something worth recommending. Usually, I come up short and occasionally I have to
Annabel Joseph
Jun 13, 2012 Annabel Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This was an interesting little read. My mom sent me the link to it when it was a free download, since I'm a woman writer. I was kind of like, "dead women writers", hmm, what is she trying to tell me? But it turns out the "dead writers" part was their little hook...they meet each of these trailblazing (but now dead) women writers in bars around the world and get wasted while talking to them about their lives.

I was turned off at first because I dislike alcohol and bars and hate inebriation, but e
Jun 16, 2012 Sharla rated it liked it
The premise of the book, sitting down for a drink with several dead women writers and talking to them about their lives and works, was very promising. Unfortunately, the book did not really live up to its promise. Some of the essays were well done, but others seemed to be nothing but a string of the author's quotes strung together as "conversation." The book was somewhat interesting for those who are curious about the authors and who don't already know anything about them. For those who are fami ...more
Northern Belle Bookworm
Jan 11, 2013 Northern Belle Bookworm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, kindle
I absolutely loved this book!! anyone who loves Emily Dickinson or Jane Austen or even Dorothy Parker will definitely appreciate this book!
I loved the idea behind this book! In fact, I could kick myself for not coming up with the idea years ago :/ I wish each section would have been a little longer and I wish some of the characters would have been more lively (for lack of a better word). My favorite sections were on Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson with Margaret Mitchell definitely topping the list. My favorites may be simply because these are some of my favorite dead women writers, I'm not sure. I did like Plath's reaction to lear ...more
There is always a risk when a writer uses a real person or a beloved literary character in a book outside of straight forward historical fiction – the historical fiction that follows the basic outline. There is a Jane Austen who solves mysteries among other famous people who do the same. There is always a risk that a reader will get upset that the person (or character) has been perverted or changed too radically – like say making Charlotte Bronte the killer of her entire family.
Then there are b
Jan 13, 2013 Ana rated it did not like it
WOW..after reading this collection of short stories I'm truly grateful for two things:
1. I got this is a freebie, so thank God I didn't spend my hard earned money on something I didn't like.
2. it's really short!

Now don't get me wrong, I don't mean to sound harsh, and I do appreciate these authors and their attempt to create an unique collection, because talking to authors who are dead over a glass of wine does sound cool.
And that's the only reason why I gave this one a fair chance, the blurb sou
Maureen Reil
Jun 17, 2012 Maureen Reil rated it really liked it
The idea of this book was good. As in, what would you say to these famous, dead women writers if you got the chance to meet up with them for a drink. And firstly, what beverage would they choose and secondly, what would they be like to converse with. The episodes were short and sweet and introduced me to some ladies, which I didn't know a lot about. So it was nice to be educated on their work and what passion it took to achieve this level of success, often in times when women were not given the ...more
Shannon McGee
Aug 02, 2012 Shannon McGee rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Two authors take turns writing short stories about different famous women authors who have passed on to the other side. The living author imagines what the conversation ,at a bar with wine, would sound like. They pretend to interview Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, Ann Rynd, and many more.

The idea of having a conversation with a favorite who is dead has potential. Unfortunately each story sounds the same as the last. Each story they drink wine, the deceased author hope that he
Jul 27, 2012 Michaela rated it really liked it
I've always loved to read, but recently, I've challenged myself to read more of the "classics," especially those that focus on the journeys and struggles of women. I didn't know where to start, and this book gave me a feel for what I should be looking for while providing me with a grasp of various influential authors' works and interesting personalities. I never felt bored or overwhelmed because each chapter was only a few pages long and dealt with one (except in the case of the Bronte sisters) ...more
Conda Douglas
Jun 16, 2012 Conda Douglas rated it really liked it
This book is a hoot and three halves, for me, an English major. I loved revisiting these authors and remembering about them and their lives while laughing out loud. I also enjoyed being able to indulge my ADD self and jump around within the book, reading which author I wanted to read next. One caveat: much of my pleasure came from knowing quite a lot about the authors (English major, remember?) portrayed here. I don't know if a reader who didn't know the subjects would enjoy this as much.
Amy Moritz
Mar 14, 2017 Amy Moritz rated it liked it
This book had been on my Amazon list for some time. I mean, c'mon how can you NOT want to read a book called "Drinking with Dead Women Writers?" It was a Christmas gift and I was excited to dive into it during this rare combination of scheduled day off and snow day. Reading about dead women writers it was!

I noticed another review of this book which said something like "Four stars for the idea, three stars for the execution." And yep, that sounds about right.

The premise is that these two women in
Leslie Langtry
Apr 02, 2013 Leslie Langtry rated it it was amazing
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Drinking With Dead Women Writers, by AK Turner & Elaine Ambrose – reviewed by Leslie Langtry

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Leslie Langtry

This book was hiding from me – meaning I had to work hard to find it. This usually makes me cranky. It didn’t in this case.

DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS is one of those little gems you find buried in unexpected places…such as your weird aunt’s back closet. It is charming and funny and features two of my favorite things, dri
Nov 02, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Literature; especially women writers that span the centuries
Recommended to Jennifer by: A very wise woman who was rewarded with chocolate
I had fun reading this collection of shorts with well-known (deceased) female authors. I am familiar with each deceased author's works, so I feel that the authors of this book captured each woman's personality rather well. However, you do NOT have to be familiar with each writer to enjoy this novel. Each short contains accurate and amusing facts about each woman, so it's an easy way to familiarize yourself with each writer, and their works. This novel also contains a handy reference tool that li ...more
Pop Bop
Dec 02, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Clever Sampler

The premise is both fun and challenging. In a short "interview/conversation" piece try to capture some of the spirit of the subject author through bits of biography, snippets from their work repurposed as conversation, and maybe a few critical asides. For some authors this will work well, (Dorothy Parker is a good example, as is Edna St. Vincent Millay, of all people), and for some authors it's just a bridge too far, (being dead doesn't improve tedious and boring Ayn Rand).

This i
Jan 17, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-52-in-52
The title itself was intriguing enough but the first paragraphs of the introduction set the tone and sealed the deal.

"Blame it on the Cabernet. We met to share libations and laughter, but in less than an hour had outlined a book. We'd capitalize on our proven talents for drinking and our evolving talents for writing, while incorporating a literary flair by including 16 famous female authors. Game on.

We agreed to write and exchange chapters for eight weeks and publish the book within four month
Jul 22, 2012 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, reviewed
There aren't enough adjectives to explain what I thought of this book.
The premise was fabulous: and came from a night of chatter and too much wine.
The writer's that are brought back from death to have a drink are all well-known, and surprisingly well crafted even though each entry is a very short story - impressions and descriptions are seamlessly incorporated into each section. While I would have appreciated a more "hard edged" set of questions to many of the authors - Ann Rynd and her rather
Sharon Storm
Sep 26, 2012 Sharon Storm rated it it was ok
I have to admit that I'm not finished with this book yet, but I have formed enough of an opinion to write a review. The idea is interesting, but it could have been carried out a lot better. The two authors each meet different deceased women writers for drinks and conversation. The writers include Emily Dickinson, the Bronte sisters, Erma Bombeck, and Jane Austen. Most of the information in the short chapter devoted to each writer (or writers) could be found by searching Wikipedia. Also, the auth ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with this book. It's extremely short and gives no new information on the authors. I would have much preferred the authors of THIS book sitting together and drinking, describing the work of the featured women authors and how it made them feel. Also, there are very many eye rolling moments when they quote an author who, as if talking to them, says a very famous personal quote. Ex: ( Margaret Mitchell saying at the end of her chapter, "But frankly, my dear, I don't give a da ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Holand rated it really liked it
I thought the concept for this collection of essays was really interesting and creative. Within each chapter you’ll find plenty of witty dialogue and enough references to these writers’ lives to make you want to know more/check out some of their own works (several of these women I knew virtually nothing about before hand). The collection is quite short and most of the essays follow a similar structure, so I’d recommend reading one or two at a time. Think of reading this book as a light cocktail ...more
Oh, how I wish that I had come up with this idea myself! And oh, how I want to get drunk with the Bronte sisters (… sorry, the Bell Brothers)! (And yes, I would have put up with bare chested bartenders!) Not to *mention* Dorothy Parker!

(Yes, this book deserves all these exclamation marks. It is that kind of book.)

I giggled constantly, I laughed out loud at times, I cried a little, I loved the writing, and I almost got drunk just reading these stories. What more could you ask from a book?

Well. Pe
Jun 13, 2012 Jenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The story is an anecdote of a dead female writer's who's discusing about their accomplishment, and failure in their lives to a living person, while drinking their wine. Likewise, that some of these writers are using pen names ( male name) since, women are not regarded as competent as men writer's in those days.

It's a little bit tedious, and doesn't have any excitement just flat story about these author's life. The reason I give it two stars due to the story of these dead writers life that makes
Dean P.
Mar 17, 2014 Dean P. rated it did not like it
Yeah, this one didn't work for me. I expected it to be funny but most of the jokes centered around the dead writers death, and as a handful of them were suicides, well I don't really have use for suicide jokes myself.

The biggest stumble to this story is that I can't tell any of the fictional encounters apart from each other. They set up like this: meet dead author at a bar, talk about their death, get wasted, end scene.

There were a few good quote nuggets in the stories but nothing to merit a rec
Jan 13, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the concept of drinking and conversing with women writers who have already past. I did not know about the lives of some of the writers in the book, but it was very interesting. I wish that some of the short stories were a little longer, so that the writers could have built up the personalities of the writers and the narrator of each story. Drinking with Dead Women Writers
Jan 19, 2013 Emma rated it liked it
I wasn't too sure of what to make of this, as I am not familiar with work by either writer and to be honest I rather stumbled upon this while playing around on my kindle. However I enjoyed the conversations and as luck would have it they "spoke" to a selection of my favourites. Austen, the Bronte sisters, Carson McCullers and Plath.

It gave these women another dimension, it was light and the perfect read for a rainy day. I might not read it again, but I enjoyed it.
Apr 08, 2015 Rocca rated it liked it
Interesting premise -- meeting up with an eclectic mix of dead women authors (e.g. Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Sylvia Plath, among others). Very very quick read. Some of the vignettes were better than others. Not quite as good as I expected; but interesting enough that I'm following up with another in the series "Drinking with Dead Drunks." This one seems a bit better featuring the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, etc.
Kristine Kucera
Jul 19, 2012 Kristine Kucera rated it it was amazing
This is a postively wonderful book! The idea is interesting. Meet dead women authors for a drink and conversation. Each chapter introduces another author. The imaginary conversations are priceless - each keeping with the tone and temper of the author. This was a fast and entertaining read - and is one of few books I would consider reading again. It was THAT entertaining!
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