Review: Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: August 23, 2016
Paperback, ARC
Pages: 240 
ISBN: 9781250096791
Genre: Humor/ Parodies


From the creators of the eponymous viral Tumblr comes a single day with your favorite authors in one Twilight-Zone-esque Starbucks...

Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.

My Thoughts:

I love books, I love coffee, I love books about books and coffee. So when Literary Starbucks crossed my path, I couldn't resist. I too like to imagine what my favorite author or literary character would order if they were to go into a coffee shop. I've even asked that question to several different authors during interviews. I guess it's because knowing what kind of coffee characters would drink makes them a little more real. However, this book is dedicated to authors and the things they might order or do at a Starbucks. And it's hilarious.

Here are a few examples:



These pictures are really the tip of the iceberg. The book is full of hilarious (fictional) encounters of well-known authors. You can read this book in random order or from cover to cover. Which is what I did because I couldn't help myself. Literary Starbucks would make the perfect gift for others or yourself. You won't want to put this book on the shelf after you finish reading it. This book demands to be left on your coffee table so others might discover it and have a good chuckle.