When Do They Serve the Wine?
by Liza Donnelly


Chronicle Books LLC, 2010. ISBN 978-0-811-87116-7.
Reviewed by Diana Nolan
Posted on 10/29/2010

Nonfiction: Relationships; Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

Liza Donnelly opens the first chapter of her new book with this comment: "I learned that being a girl was secondary to my concerns...My cartoons were my identity..." Indeed, she has left her mark as a cartoonist while drawing (no pun intended), a following for over twenty-five years.

The chapters are divided by life's decades beginning with—what else? Birth. This arrangement makes it easy to check out where you've been, or better yet where you're going, or just look back and enjoy the memories. I love the double-page cartoon of a hospital nursery with pink-clad babies on one side of the room and blue-clad babies on the other. Some of the cartoons are universal in their message; others...well, you had to be there. That is okay because the book is funny!

The title of When Do They Serve the Wine? is taken from one of the cartoons. You will find it on page 90, where the lady is having a difficult time with yoga. Page 90 is in the 40's decade—about the time a lot of us begin to seek out yoga classes.

This is a comical book for gals, or guys who wish to understand gals. Or, read it together.


Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist for The New Yorker. She is the author of several books, including Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists and their Cartoons, and Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love...in 200 Cartoons. See much more on her website. In addition, check out her new blog.

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