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Hard Cover eBook


On sale date: 09-30-2014

PAGES: 336

TRIM SIZE: 6.25 x 8

ISBN: 97-8-15651-259-3

LIST PRICE: $21.95


On sale date: 09-30-2014

PAGES: 336

LIST PRICE: $21.95

The good, the bad, and the ugly tales of celebrity drinking and hijinks, served up with delicious wit, a twist of scandal, and a frothy mix of recipes.

 Humphrey Bogart got himself arrested for protecting his drinking buddies, who happened to be a pair of stuffed pandas. Barely legal Natalie Wood would only let Dennis Hopper seduce her if he provided a bathtub full of champagne. Bing Crosby’s ill-mannered antics earned him the nickname “Binge Crosby.” And sweet Mary Pickford stashed liquor in hydrogen peroxide bottles during Prohibition. From the frontier days of silent film up to the wild auteur period of the 1970s, Mark Bailey has pillaged the Hollywood vaults of history and lore to dig up the true—and often surprising—stories of seventy-five of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters at their most soused.

Their bite-size biographies are followed by ribald anecdotes and memorable quotes. If a star had a favorite cocktail, the recipe is included. Films with the most outrageous booze-soaked stories, like Trader Horn, From Here to Eternity, and The Misfits, are featured, along with the legendary watering holes of the day (and the recipes for their signature drinks).

With Edward Hemingway’s two-color celebrity portraits, here’s a spirited package for anyone who wants to pull up a barstool and hear the stories, drink the drinks, watch the movies, visit the hotspots—and share some laughs.


“This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And, I thought I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era.” —Chelsea Handler
“Booze it up with F. Scott! Roll one with McQueen! In Of All The Gin Joints, you can experience the true measure of showbiz debauchery without the annoying side effects of divorce, death or unfulfilled potential!” — Rob Lowe, author of Love Life
"This entertaining tome offers insider peeks into the spirited and secretive world of a tippling Tinseltown." — Imbibe Magazine 
“Foodies and celebrity watchers alike will be delighted by this walk through Hollywood drinking history.” —Library Journal, starred review 
"Hollywood gossip before TMZ cam along and ruined it for everyone." —Bookriot
"[A] great little book . . . It is a hoot to read this salacious "dish" about the great names of moviedom." Boston Herald
“This wonderful combination of words and picture is the perfect cocktail of a book: sweet enough to go down easily, sour enough to cleanse the palate, and strong enough to leave you giddy. I gulped down the first half and sipped the second half slowly, but when I finished I still wanted more!” — Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out
Of All the Gin Joints is one part cinematic history, one part old Hollywood weirdness, and one part handy basic bar guide, with a dash of romance and more than a few wry twists. Bailey and Hemingway prove themselves very entertaining cultural mixologists.” — Sam Lipsyte

Meet the authors

Mark Bailey is an author and Emmy-nominated screenwriter. Bailey’s books include Tiny Pie, his first children’s book, which includes a pie recipe by world-renowned chef Alice Waters, and Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, an illustrated tribute to the golden era of hard-drinking literary figures. Bailey also wrote American Hollow, an examination of contemporary Appalachian poverty and companion to an HBO documentary feature of the same name. In addition to books, Bailey writes documentary and scripted features. His documentary films have been broadcast on HBO, Lifetime, Court TV, and TLC. This year Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Ethel, an HBO documentary feature about the life of Ethel Kennedy. For this film, Bailey was also awarded the Humanitas Prize for Documentary Writing. Previous to that, Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Pandemic: Facing AIDS, an HBO five-part documentary series. Bailey’s most recent film, Last Days in Vietnam, will be broadcast on American Experience next year. Bailey is currently writing Black Panther for Marvel Studios, a live action feature adaptation based on the Marvel superhero. Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Edward Hemingway is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He has done feature reporting for GQ Magazine, written comics for Nickelodeon, and been featured twice in American Illustration. His artwork has been included in the New York Times, Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among others. He is the cocreator and illustrator of the book Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, which has been published in three languages. He has also written and illustrated the children’s books Bump in the Night, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, which was selected for the 2013 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and Bad Apple’s Perfect Day (August 2014). He is the illustrator of the children’s book Tiny Pie, which has been published in two languages. An undergraduate of Rhode Island School of Design and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Hemingway has been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his artwork has been featured in several shows across the country, most recently at the Brooklyn Public Library.