An Unforgettable COCKTAIL HOUR

In the category of memorable titles, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller’s 2001 memoir of growing up during the civil war in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, has to be on the top ten. The book features Fuller’s equally memorable mother, who objected that the book (“that Awful Book” as she calls it) gives the impression she’s an alchololic and a racist. Fuller responded, “But Mother, you are!” It went on to become a bestseller.

Fuller expands the story in a new memoir with another remarkable title, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgiveness, (Penguin, 8/23; Large Print, Thorndike; Audio, Recorded Books) which debuted at #4 on last week’s Indie Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers list and at #7 on the NYT list. In the NYT BR on Sunday, Dominque Browning (author of the memoir, Slow Love) says that Fuller’s mother who dominates this book, is “hilarious, creative, opinionated, ribald and tragic,” but the story that best captures the book’s appeal appears in The Huffington Post. Fuller was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition last month.

It is showing heavy holds in many libraries.

Holds are also heavy on Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House Trade Pbk, Audio, Recorded Books; Center Point Large Print, 9781611731125; epub on OverDrive).

One Response to “An Unforgettable COCKTAIL HOUR”

  1. Barbara O'Connor Says:

    I’m reading it now. LOVED LOVED LOVED Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.