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  • Writer's pictureJ. M. White

Cape Codder (Bird Box)

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Mother's Day this past weekend had me thinking about books with kick ass mothers, crazy mothers, killer mothers... you know, that sort of thing. Obviously one of the first novels that came to mind was Psycho by Mr. Robert Bloch, however, I already did a post on that you can check out here. That left me thinking of Bird Box by Josh Malerman. The main character Malorie is one dedicated mother. If you can look beyond her choice to call her children Girl and Boy (maybe names aren't her strong suite), you will find a woman who is determined to keep her children alive in an apocalyptic world.

I devoured this novel in two days! I've heard mixed reviews. Some people love it, some hate it. You can't please everybody. My only recommendation, READ the book before you WATCH the movie. In my humble, pessimistic opinion, the movie isn't worth it. But, hey, give both a try and see what you think.

What's the plot?

There is something terrible that must not be seen. One glimpse will drive a person to deadly violence. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two children. Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds, Malorie embarks on a trip to save her children blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die.

Scary or Nay?

I vote scary although this isn't the type of book that will have you sleeping with the lights on. However, it will certainly have you questioning how you would react in this strange post-apocalyptic world.

Whatcha Drinkin'?

I'm pairing this mother-related book with my own mother's favorite cocktail and, what we call in New England, the Cape Codder. Sounds fancy, but it's quite simple. The Cape Codder is a mixture of cranberry juice, lime, and vodka. Most people would probably just call this a vodka cranberry, but in Massachusetts, we get a little possessive with anything involving cranberries. Because of this drink's simplicity, I decided to jazz it up a bit for mom. Add some bubbles, float some fresh cranberries... presto... you have a more sophisticated Cape Codder.


Cape Codder


Yield: 1 serving

What You Need

- 2 oz vodka

- 3.5 oz cranberry cocktail

- 1 tbs lime juice (about the juice of half a lime)

- Lime slices for garnish (optional)

- Frozen cranberries for garnish (optional)

What You Do

1. Fill a high ball glass with ice. Add vodka, cranberry cocktail, and lime juice.

2. Stir well.

3. Float some cranberries and garnish with a lime slice if desired. Serve immediately.

“In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?”
- Josh Malerman, Bird Box

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