Although Happy 21st
has an age in its title and a woman in the drawing on its cover, it's a book that has a generous pour of advice for everyone—and that includes those who aren't yet legal to drink, as it's the perfect primer for a nervous 20-year-old unsure of how to behave once the big 21 run arrives. Written by Tanya P. Frantzen, a veteran bartender and tavern owner in Portland, Oregon, Happy 21st
has a tell-it-like-it-is tone and dry wit, tackling topics that range from how to find "your" bar to how to date a bartender (hint: they might not be as into you as you think, so proceed with caution; smiling is part of their job) to the all-important best practices for "being wasted in public." Ringing in at just $10 plus shipping for a paperback, Happy 21st
is a great gift for a friend's birthday—or, you know, for a little self-help any time of the year.