Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.
  • Pocket Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416525318 | 
  • July 2006

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Nancy’s Theory of Style includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Marta Acosta. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Nancy Edith Carrington-Chambers is a young socialite who appears to have it all: the perfect husband, whom she married in the perfect wedding; the perfect friends; the perfect connections; and she’s building the perfect house. But appearances can be deceiving, and Nancy’s perfect world comes apart when she leaves her husband to focus on her party-planning business, and doing a favor for her cousin turns into having custody of a four-year-old. Plus she finds herself falling in love with her gay assistant. Nancy has her rules about how to speak, how to act, how to dress, and how to behave.  But those rules might just go out the window as she learns how to really live.

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1.       “’We should always live an authentic life,’ she see more

About the Author

Marta Acosta
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Marta Acosta

Marta Acosta received a degree in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University. She is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Newspapers. Her debut novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was a Book Sense Pick.