Speakeasies and Kindles

                                   Photo courtesy of Patrick and Penny Matthews

In Splendid Summer, Grace Wentworth asks Jack Brewster, “Do you know all the speakeasies in Southern California?”

“No”,  Jack replies, “Only in San Diego.”

 When Prohibition began in 1920, and the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alchohol became illegal, speakeasies sprang up immediately.  Hidden clubs accessed only by a whispered password at the door, speakeasies served cocktails with jazz and dancing.  

In Splendid Summer, Grace tries to order hot chocolate in a speakeasy, and Jack asks her not to embarrass him.   He orders Champagne.  They say smuggled Champagne and other bootleg liquor was an acquired taste in the Roaring Twenties.  Fortunately, Grace acquires the taste easily.   Forbidden fruit’s timeless allure mixed with a club’s mystique meant many women and men drank cocktails for the first time after Prohibition .

When I got my Kindle, I had that same feeling of entering an alluring club with a password.  Fortunately, this one is legal.  The lowest price Kindle, with its Special Offers,  feels like a club of its own.  With a Kindle, you’ll never have that disconcerting feeling that someone’s snooping at your book cover again.   And you can enter your Kindle club’s digital library almost anywhere and almost anytime.

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