A couple weeks ago Kate Colby’s (she’s a wonderful author) feline friend, Thomas and I exchanged posts. (I Recommend a visit to her webpage – katecolby.com ) It was in regard to wine and book selection post from her site. You’ve read Thomas guest post here regarding what it’s like to be an author’s kitty. I asked the Geezer, to do the post for me for his wine selections, he said, “Sandy, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I’m more just a sewer. I’ll give connecting bourbon to books a try. I know more about them.” Here’s his list (and post) giving the book, author, booze, and bottler. Yep, they’re all real. Fact is, I’ve … Hic … tried … Hic, Hic … a few.Battle Cry – Leon Uris Semper Fi Corn Whiskey – Ascendant Spirits
How could you not select this bourbon to sip while reading this tale about Marines in WWII. Hell, I can see High-Pockets holding an aluminum cupful in a fox hole.
Deliverance – James Dickey Midnight Moon Moonshine – Piedmont Distillers
Crank up Earl Scruggs’ recording of “Dueling Banjos,” pour the booze from the bottle into a clay jug, tip it up, and turn the pages of a book that ended more than one person’s desire to canoe and camp in the mountains.
The Help – Kathyrn Strockett Jack Daniels – Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Quality bourbon for a quality book. Besides, this is the brand bourbon I can see Skeeter drinking, sitting in a New York City apartment, wishing she was back in Mississippi.
The Girl in the Train – Paula Hawkins Mattingly & Moore – Heaven Hill Distillery
Mattingly and Moore sounds like a London accounting house where this psychological thriller is set. With all the twists, turns, complications, and betrayals a few doubles will keep you relaxed.
City of Thieves – Daniel Benioff Old Grand-Dad – Jim Beam Distillery
This bourbon has been around a long time just like the protagonist chronicled in this tale of the misery that was the siege of Leningrad. It’s the fictionalized story of the author’s knife-fighting grand-dad. Three shots recommended, it has some tough emotional reading in it.
To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee Rebel Yell – Heaven Hill Distillery
One of my favorite books and bourbons. How more appropriate than drinking a glass of Rebel Yell when listening for the fading echo of a sound that provided the framework for this great novel’s time and place.
A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean Wild Turkey – Wild Turkey Distillery
Smooth to the point of perfection. The book or the bourbon? Both! If you’ve not read Norman Maclean’s writing, do it. He defines the art!
Gone With The Wind – Margret Mitchell Southern Comfort – Southern Comfort Company
Well shut my mouth and call me Rhett. Visualize Scarlet sitting on Tara’s front porch pourin’ and a pourin’ and a pourin’ till, well, this smooth tastin’ bourbon is a good medicine for a guilty conscience and a sleeping pill.
Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain Old Rip Van Winkle – Buffalo Trace Distillery
Like Twain’s prose this whiskey flows smoothly but has a kick you can’t ignore. Besides, I love the brand Name … it sounds so literary.
Scandalous Behavior – Stuart Woods Fighting Cock – Heaven Hill Distillery
Ahhhhhh … the hero wants a peaceful rest in the English hinter lands. However, relations with the neighbors create a situation closer to converting him into this bourbon’s brand name. With neighbors like he has, a pint of the product in the morning and evening is recommended
Message in a Bottle, The Choice, etc. – Nicholas Sparks Four Roses – Four Roses Distillery
Nickolas Sparks! You read his books and they all have two things in common. Their similarities produce déjà vu. And you fall in love with each one of them. Drinking Four Roses is the same, you never quite get enough.
The Mermaids Chair – Sue Monk Kidd Cougar – MGP Indiana /or/ Firefly Moonshine – Firefly Distillery
This family tale wound around a woman’s mid-life crisis and fling takes place on the Carolinas coast. That’s where Firefly Moonshine is made and I couldn’t resist mentioning Cougar Bourbon even though it’s only sold in Australia and New Zealand. Cougar is so appropriate to describe the books heroine.
Happy elbow bending or paw tipping. Or …Hic … Whatever … Hic … Hic
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