• The cover of the book Would You Rather?

    Would You Rather?

    Pair with: A box of Crisp White Franzia
    In this funny and poignant collection of essays, Heaney writes about the growing pains of learning to adult during your 20s—including, in Heaney’s case, coming out at 28. Navigating one’s 20s is difficult, intense, hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking. Heaney covers it all, from figuring out her first adult relationship to still obsessing over Harry Styles. Read with a box of Crisp White Franzia to get the full 20-something experience.

     
  • The cover of the book Marilou Is Everywhere

    Marilou Is Everywhere

    Pair with: Pinot Grigio
    In rural Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Cindy lives day by day with intermittent electricity, one book, and a mother who appears only occasionally. So when a teen girl from an affluent family does missing, Cindy steps into the girl’s life, one surrounded by books, full meals, and maternal love from a woman who can’t accept the truth about her missing daughter. But is any of it sustainable? Pair with a Pinot Grigio with a hint of pear or apple to lighten the mood.

     
  • The cover of the book The Memory Police

    The Memory Police

    Pair with: A unique blend of rich red wines
    Yoko Ogawa has been praised for her magnificent strangeness, and indeed she is a unique author. In The Memory Police, a young novelist attempts to continue her writing career as everything around her is disappeared by a tyrannical government: boats, birds, roses—and eventually, novels. Pair with a unique blend of rich red wines like Syrah, Cabernet, and Grenache to warm you up and celebrate originality.

     
  • The cover of the book You Can't Touch My Hair

    You Can't Touch My Hair

    Pair with: Rosé
    2 Dope Queens podcaster and comedian Phoebe Robinson’s New York Times-bestselling essay collection will make you laugh, and cry, and think—and laugh some more. Robinson shares experiences like being cast in the role of “the Black friend,” followed around stores by security guards, and answering the question “Can I touch your hair?” (No, you can’t.) Best read with a glass of the Dope Queens’ favorite drink: Rosé.

     
  • The cover of the book Hag-Seed

    Hag-Seed

    Pair with: Mulled Wine
    Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Theater director Felix is ready for revenge on his betrayers, who ousted him from his position at the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival 12 years ago and left him in a backwoods hovel, licking his wounds. Now, finally, he has a chance to capture the traitors, by putting on a production of The Tempest at a nearby prison. But will putting on the play heal Felix or only hurt his enemies? Pair this one with mulled wine for an Elizabethan feel.

     
  • The cover of the book When in French

    When in French

    Pair with: Champagne
    When she was in her early 30s, Lauren Collins moved to London and fell in love with a Frenchman named Olivier. As their relationship grew, Lauren started to wonder what she might not understand about Olivier because she didn’t speak French. Are there things one can only learn about a person through his native language? Shortly after their marriage, Lauren and Olivier moved to Francophone Geneva, and Lauren decided that she would learn French. What follows is a funny and surprising memoir about the embarrassments and joys of learning a new language, and the culture and history behind that language. Pair it with some bubbly from the actual Champagne region of France for some authentic armchair traveling.

     
  • The cover of the book Zama

    Zama

    Pair with: Argentinian Malbec
    It took 50 years for Antonio di Benedetto’s Argentinian novel to be translated into English, but it was worth the wait. Zama is about Don Diego de Zama, an 18th-century servant of the Spanish crown living in solitude and anticipation in the remote post of Asunción, Paraguay. Don Diego is lonely but hopeful, as he plots a transfer to Buenos Aires that he’s sure will change his life. Best paired with a spicy Argentinian Malbec.

     
  • The cover of the book Swing Time

    Swing Time

    Pair with: Sauvignon Blanc
    Tracey and Aimee, two young biracial girls in 1980s London, dream of being dancers. Tracey, the one with the most talent, becomes a professional dancer. Aimee becomes an assistant to a famous pop star who takes her around the world, and her job gives her a front-row seat to the lives of the wealthy. Later, Aimee goes to West Africa with humanitarian ambitions, and the story moves to the origins of such profound inequality. Best paired with a South African Sauvignon Blanc.