Five foamy reads.



Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub

By Bill Barich


Barich, a Dublin resident who authored the classic horse-racing memoir Laughter in the Hills, writes about how genuine Irish pubs in the villages of Ireland are disappearing while "Irish bars" are sprouting up around the world. Barich gives an excellent view into how globalization is affecting one particular marketplace.



B is for Beer

By Tom Robbins


Parents no longer have to simply tell their kids that "Beer is for grownups" without explaining. Loopy bestselling author Tom Robbins helps them out with this book written for kids of all ages that explains the mystery elixir. In it, a Beer Fairy takes a kindergartner for a wondrously informative ride.




The Beer Book 

Edited By Tim Hampson and Sam Calagione


This image-packed reference put together by Hampson, the Chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers, gathers 19 specialists who discuss brews from every continent. While noting the important breweries and including five "Brewery Trails" across America and Europe, the book gives a fascinating sense of different beer cultures worldwide.



Tasting Beer: An Insiders Guide to the World's Greatest Drink

By Randy Mosher


Anybody can swallow a brewski but not too many have an academic understanding of just what they've put into their bellies. Mosher has the lowdown on how the brewing process works, what characteristics differentiate beer styles, and what kinds of smart-sounding things to say when your beer smells extra good.



Man Walks into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer

By Pete Brown


Pete Brown, Britain's 2009 Beer Writer of the Year, takes readers on the highly engaging, amusing, and rollicking journey of the social history of worldwide beer consumption from the first brews of the Egyptians through the effect of two World Wars on the brewing industry up to the massive beer industry of today.


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.