Sarah Bowen is Associate Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University.
"Divided Spirits is written in a conversational tone. It is easy to follow even while it describes complex economic relations that span the local to the global. The book’s topics are organized in a manner that flows well and the book builds upon itself throughout the chapters. The author writes in a manner that successfully conveys her experiences and knowledge of these production systems, and her years of study and dedication to the field become obvious as one reads through the book." - Nature
"This is far from a breezy read, and that’s exactly the point. In today’s spirits landscape, where a new celebrity tequila brand seems to launch each month and mezcal has gone viral, it’s rare that we pause to consider the consequences of our adoration . . . . Offers an exhaustively researched, academic look at the forces that threaten these two great spirits that should be essential reading for anyone with an interest in protecting all that makes them great." - Punch
"There is not much published about the two iconic Mexican spirits, except for consumer books and tasting guides to different brands. Bowen's perspective is fresh and thought-provoking." - Fabio Parasecoli, The Huffington Post
"Engaging . . . A top gift book for the beverage drinker." - Dean Tudor, Gothic Epicures VinCuisine