This contemporary collection from The New Yorker 's Frothingham and Evans will prove useful for any collection. Crisp Toasts lists at least three toasts for more than 100 alphabetically arranged topics, from absent friends to work. Ranging from timely to traditional, most of the toasts are short one-liners, ideal for weddings, christenings, reunions, and retirement dinners.

Sample toasts:

The California Wine Club

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.

Friends & Friendship: To our best friends, who know the worst about us but refuse to believe it.

Generosity: Life 'em high and drain 'em dry to the guy who says, "My turn to buy!"

Golf: To golf, the most frustrating and masochistic sport in the world, which may be why golf spelled backward in flog.

Happiness: May we be happy and our enemies know it.
Gambling: Life consists not in holding good cards, but playing those you hold well.

Politics & Politicians: To Washington, our country's capital, where the roads, and everything else, go around in circles.

About the Authors
William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham first combined their talents on And I Quote (St. Martins' Press, 1992, with Ashton Applewhite). Both authors live in New York City.