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A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub Hardcover – 3 Feb 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Co; First Edition edition (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802717012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802717016
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 62.3 x 551 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,261,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With scholarly rigor, he surveys the literature on the history of drinking, drunkenness and pubs before rewarding himself with the grueling and perilous fieldwork of sampling deeply from the 12,000 outposts in Ireland where alcohol is sold by the glass...Mr. Barich's picaresque meander through the Irish bloodstream is an entertaining survey of the culture and commerce of Ireland at a tremulous moment in its history...Fascinating." --William Birdthistle, Wall Street Journal"Barich weaves a never-ending stream of oddly engaging historical and literary references into every dead end...Barich's passion for boozy subjects is broad and undeniable. He's equally at ease covering the effects of the temperance movement and introducing regional slang terms for being drunk." --James Oliver Cury, New York Times Book Review"The American writer Bill Barich moved to Ranelagh, on Dublin's south side, some time ago and set out to find the perfect Irish pub. A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub is an engaging account of his quest and investigations." --Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe"Nicely researched, intelligently written, his book is a fun read tinged with melancholy at the thought of time passing and things changing; appropriately Irish, I think." --Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune

About the Author

Bill Barich has written for the New Yorker and other publications for many years. He is the author of the classic Laughing in the Hills, as well as Crazy for Rivers, Carson Valley, and most recently A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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