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Join Brooklyn women for a rowdy night of something we can all get behind — stories about booze!

On Nov. 17, a dozen authors from the borough and as far as Africa will read their essays on sipping and swilling — straight from the newly released compilation “Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not).”

“You think you’ve heard it all and then you realize, ‘Oh, my god, I had no idea!’” said the book’s editor Gina Barreca, a feminist humorist and Brooklyn-born professor. “We’re all brought together one way or another by what goes on in the bottle.”

Expect a no-holds-barred look at tippling, as women share tales of bonding with a mother-in-law over wine and a modest proposal for college-aged men — 10 ways not to rape women when they’re drunk.

Sound inappropriate? Trust Barreca — it’s easy to swallow.

“If you can have that in a book and have people laughing at it, you know it’s a good read,” she said.

But don’t think the authors are all lightweights and lushes. The witty, provocative pieces are supposed to open discussion on drinking responsibly.

Louise Crawford — who organized the event as part of the monthly Brooklyn Reading Works series — said the book shines a lot on women’s complicated relationship with spirits.

She’ll share her experience in the front lines of the “Park Slope Stroller Wars,” when hipster-bocce bar Union Hall put a sign banning babies in 2008 and sent the stroller set into a tizzy.

“This is upbeat and feminist rather than a sad, dour down-in-the-dumps look at drinking,” Crawford said. “It’s about women allowing themselves to drink the way we do.”

“Make Mine a Double” at the Old Stone House [336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], Nov. 17, 8 pm. Suggested donation $5 — includes wine. For info, visit www.theoldstonehouse.org.

Reach Kate Briquelet at kbriquelet@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.

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Reader Feedback

anaabdul from brooklyn says:
Alcohol causes breast cancer.
Nov. 11, 2011, 6:14 am
BookPRGirl from NYC says:
This book is delicious and the readers are a bunch of amazing. Raising a glass to all the Make Mine A Double contributors and to editor Gina Barreca www.ginabarreca.com

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Mine-Double-Women-Drink/dp/1584657596/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311947418&sr=1-1
Nov. 14, 2011, 10:44 am

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