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Shakespeare, Not Stirred


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A gift book to savour.

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Caroline Bicks is Associate Professor of English at Boston College and is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English. She specialises in Shakespeare, gender studies, and the history of science. Her book, Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare's England, will make you grateful to be living in a world with epidurals. Her creative nonfiction has appeared on NPR, and in the New York Times, and in the show and book Afterbirth: Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine. She and Michelle have blogged at Everyday Shakespeare for years, and together they've written Bard Meets Life for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Errant Parent. She loves a good drink, a good laugh, her husband, and their two kids. Not necessarily in that order. Michelle Ephraim is Associate Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama, and creative writing. She's the author of the book Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage and articles on adultery, religious conversion, and other controversial matters in Shakespeare's plays. Her personal essays and humour pieces have appeared in Tikkun, Lilith, The Morning News, Word Riot, and the Washington Post. She lives in Boston with her husband and three children. She'll tell you more over a cocktail and some salty snacks.


'The perfect present for lovers of liquor and literature.'

* The Guardian *

'Splendid and outrageous!'

-- Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute


-- Ian McKellen

'This hilarious little book is the ultimate stocking filler.'

* Saga *

'Incredibly cheeky and really great fun ... The rare kind of cocktail book you want to read from start to finish.'

-- Rosianna Halse Rojas, papertimelady

'Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a perfect combination of delicious Shakespeare, delectable food and delightful drinks. Gather your ingredients, invite your friends, and get ready for a meal of Shakespearean proportions. Falstaff would heartily approve!'

-- Ian Doescher, New York Times bestselling author of the 'William Shakespeare Star Wars' series

'Shakespeare famously wrote, "Better a tipsy witty fool than a foolish tipless wit"... or something like that. Regardless, if you want to laugh, maybe get a little tipsy, and actually learn a thing or two about The Bard's works, Shakespeare, Not Stirred will more than hit the spot.'

-- Christopher Monks, editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency

'I love a good cocktail and have loved Shakespeare since high school and I'm always wanting to try new things (in the case of cocktails) and trying to remember the plot twists (in the case of Shakespeare). Reading Shakespeare, not Stirred gave me both wonderful new cocktails to try and an amazing refresher English lit class by two women who happen to be English professors and incredibly funny. I'm now thinking of starting a regular book club/cocktail party to go through all the plays ... and drinks.'

-- Rosalind Wiseman, author of 'Queen Bees and Wannabes', the basis for the film 'Mean Girls'

'After guzzling every libation in Shakespeare, Not Stirred I became the most eloquent and witty drunk in my town, and so can you!'

-- Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story

'Shakespeare, Not Stirred is the perfect gift for that friend of yours who fancies himself a lofty intellectual but actually, when you get right down to it, just loves to drink.'

-- Rachel Dratch

'A boozy, Bardy delight.'

* Metro *

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