• Girly Drinks

  • A World History of Women and Alcohol
  • By: Mallory O'Meara
  • Narrated by: Mallory O'Meara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Los Angeles Times bestselling author Mallory O'Meara comes a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages

Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors—these are the Girly Drinks. 

From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered "places for men" when, without women, they might not even exist?

With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O'Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that listeners everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book—and proudly have what she's having.

©2021 Mallory O'Meara (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
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  • Categories: History

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Mai Tai-pe of feminist history
I'd like to thank my college experience for piquing my interest in Girly Drinks. Of course, it’s not unique for me to say that I began drinking during my undergraduate years. But this audiobook has led me to question, for the first time, my school’s unique relationship to the history of drinking culture. I attended a historically women’s college founded by a prominent American brewer. Our mascot was a metal keg (I’m not joking). However, I have Mallory O’Meara to thank for opening my eyes to the overlooked history of female distillers and drinkers. I’m grateful that her work has shifted my focus from one male brewer’s impact on feminist history and to the influence of the many women who have helped shape our drinking culture since the dawn of time. After this listen, my fruity drinks will forever taste sweeter. —Haley H., Audible Editor

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A must-read book!!

I was blown away at how good this book is. I will recommend it to everyone. I've been talking about it to friends nonstop. I never knew women played such a huge role in alcohol history. It makes sense now! Mallory's performance on audiobook is also 💯 as it is read by the author in it's true sense. 10/10 highly recommend!!! Cheers! 🍻

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A spirited history to savor

Mallory O’Meara masterfully blends the stories of women, their roles and contribution to the culture of alcohol consumption in this approachable and entertaining history. Girly drinks is a toast to women worth consuming even if you’re a teetotaler.

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Listener beware

The book has an awesome premise and I definitely plan to read it, but the audiobook is just too hard to listen to. This is a classic case of “the author shouldn’t have recorded their own book.” She has/had a lisp and some other speech impediments or quirks, which makes for a VERY distracting and often irritating listen. Couldn’t get past chapter two before it was grating on my nerves something fierce. Great story, but needs a different reader.

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Just perfect

This book is amazing! Every single detail and fact and just the way it is written. Perfection. I love love love it! Thank you! ♥️🙏🏼