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What: “Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol” by Mallory O’Meara

Why: “Girly Drinks” is a fun, feminist and informational account chronicling the immense impact women have had on society through the making and consuming of alcohol. From beer and ale, to whisk(e)y, to sake, to sorghum, this is an inclusive and culturally aware history. Learn how English ale wives inspired witches, with their tall pointed hats and large brooms; and how the champagne widows of France pioneered a beverage we love to toast! Full to the brim with riveting stories, you’ll savor every line. Grab a beverage and tuck in!  

Where: You can get “Girly Drinks” as an e-book and a Book Club In A Bag from the Monroe County Public Library system.

How: You can request books online by logging in to your account at and get e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7 at If you don’t have a card, you can visit your local branch or register online to get one. Questions? 

Recommended by: Riona Campbell, library associate, Key West library

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