Roll out the Barrel

Booze.  Money.  Sex.  Mystery.  San Juan.  Femme fatales.  Handsome guys.  It’s summer – could you ask for anything more?  The folks over at Old New Orleans Rum have made life remarkably easy by bottling their delicious, spicy Gingeroo rum cocktail.  Ice down a couple of bottles and grab our July book selection for a couple of lazy, hot-hot hours.

The Rum Diary by Hunter Thompson 1998  224 pages  “… a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.”  “At the core of this hard-drinking, hard-talking, hard-living man is a moralist, Puritan, even an innocent. The Rum Diary gives us this side of him without apology . . . with a kind of pride." (The Washington Post Book World on

The novel is available as an ebook and an audible book and you can find online used copies for about $4.50 with shipping.  I am sure you could find used copies around town, as well.  You can find the book in both the New Orleans and Jefferson public libraries and Jefferson also has the audible version.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only RSVP yes if you plan to read the book and to be there for the MEETUP! If your plans change PLEASE have the courtesy to change your RSVP to no.   Please do not take a space that you do not intend to use.

Extra credit--your August reading will be The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, 2011, 352 pages and we'll be meeting on Wednesday August 27.  Stay cool, my friends.




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  • Eileen

    Hi! Great time tonight! Lot's of interesting conversation! Th rum was a great idea! Glad I didn't have any or i would b in Puerto Rico with Kemp.

    I asked for for a ride because I have night blindness and unless I have a ride , I have to cab it.

    Looking forward to seeing ya'll soon!
    Take care!

    July 22

    • Eileen

      Thanks for asking. I live on State Street. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

      July 25

    • Eileen

      I didn't find a ride.

      July 25

  • Lorraine L.

    Hey people! Please RATE the meetup with the star system! Thanks.

    July 25

  • A F.

    'twas a really nice time and discussion! Thank you again to Justin for the Rum!

    3 · July 23

    • A F.

      Here's a link to the exhibit @ The Historic New Orleans Collection on the Creole world and architecture -­

      2 · July 23

  • Michelle

    Hi --

    Sorry, but I'm going to have to bow out of this one. Fingers crossed for next month....

    Have a fun discussion! I'll miss y'all!


    July 21

  • Eileen


    Looking forward to tomorrow night. I was wondering if anyone lives uptown. If so, would you mind giving me a ride?


    July 21

  • Bridget C.

    I have to bow out this month- I've got some family stuff to attend to :(
    I'll see everyone next month!

    July 21

  • Karen C.

    Work and life and made it impossible for me to attend. Hope someone is able to use my spot!

    July 19

    • Sherry

      I would still love to come! let me know okay?

      July 19

  • John

    At this point I don't think we can discuss this book properly without at least a couple bottles of rum in us.

    3 · July 10

  • Sherry

    Would love to go if you have a cancellation. I really like Hunter S. :)

    July 8

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