‘Literary Starbucks’ Is a Hilarious Take on Characters and People from the Literary World!

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Literary Starbucks is perfect for any bibliophile who also happens to be a coffee lover.

Literary Starbucks is a book that started off as a Tumblr blog by three Carleton College graduates. The blog came into being after the trio joked about what authors and literary characters would order if they happen to come to Starbucks. Within the first month of the blog’s creation, an agent approached them with a book deal.

Here’s the official description for Literary Starbucks:

Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.”

Literary Starbucks is a fun book to read. You don’t have to think too much when reading it, unless you’re one of those readers who would be critical about whether or not J.K. Rowling would actually order what is written in the book.

Some of my favorite ‘orders’ from Literary Starbucks:

Nick Carraway enters, but instead of ordering something for himself, he leans on the edge of the counter and narrates what everyone else is ordering  for the entire day.

Frodo Baggins tries and fails to order a cup of tea. Samwise, who is accompanying him, says, “Master Frodo will have a grande green tea with room for cream please.” The barista hands the cup to Frodo, and the entire shop cheers. “Huzzah!” they cry. “Look at Frodo Baggins, order that cup of tea all by himself!” Later, Sam puts out a fire in the kitchen and Frodo is given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

J.K. Rowling goes up to the counter and orders seven pumpkin spice lattes. The barista gives her eight.

I have to be honest that there were some characters related to the literary world I wasn’t very familiar with, and that’s the fun of this book. Feel free to Google the characters you don’t know about and get to learn about them a bit. It’ll make reading about what they would order at Starbucks all the more enjoyable.

Have you read Literary Starbucks yet? Let us know!

Note: I was provided with a review copy of the book by St. Martin’s Press.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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