Bottoms Up

9780143128090_055ecCheck your holds for Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste, Bianca Bosker (PRH/Penguin; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample), which is being compared to Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Bill Buford’s Heat.

It debuted this week on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction list at #5 and is getting media attention, causing holds to spike at several libraries we checked, as high as 11:1.

The NYT reviews it, writing “Bosker’s journey … is thrilling, and she tells her story with gonzo élan.” The Washington Post says it is “a funny, thought-provoking and at times frightening look at the sublime tastes, enormous egos and curious rules of a profession that is both insanely rigorous and occasionally ridiculous.”

NPR’s The Salt features it as well, mixing descriptions of the book with descriptions of wine. Eater‘s editor-in-chief calls it “incredibly well written, intelligent, witty, and highly entertaining, and if I’m being frank, it’s the first book I’ve been excited to come home to in the last 12 months.”

WineEnthusiast offers an interview while both Slate and The Atlantic feature Bosker in their podcasts.

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