Olive or Twist? serves up a cocktail of laughter, taking in top-shelf
treats (Could Chianti, Burgundy, and Rioja all come from the feet of the
same Frenchman?) and low-grade liquor (Bar beer options: "Import,
Domestic, Micro, or Crap?"). And Ziegler is just at home in the ritziest
bar ("Meanwhile at the Cafe de la Mort: Ernest Hemingway is ridiculing
Oscar Wilde's wine spritzer while Truman Capote takes notes") as he is
in the dingiest dive ("Slumlords Top o' the Tenement Bar & Grill").
Here's a sample of some of his other quips: one drinking bum to another:
"I was once in dire straits, much as you are, my friend, and then I
discovered the '97 Napa Valley Cabernets"; Jesus at the "The Last
Supper": "One more round and then we should probably order"; Boozehound
to bartender: "I'm earlier than usual this evening due to an elevated
level of chatter at home." This volume is the ideal pick-me-up,
guaranteed not only to banish booze blues but, like the title character,
leave the reader begging for more.