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The Tender Bar: A Memoir
The Tender Bar A Memoir
Author: J. R. Moehringer
A moving, vividly-told memoir, full of heart, drama, and exquisite comic timing, about a boy striving to become a man and his romance with a bar. J.R. Moehringer grew up listening for a voice: It was the sound of his missing father, a disc jockey who disappeared before J.R. spoke his first words. As a boy, J.R. would press his ear to a clock rad...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780786888764
ISBN-10: 0786888768
Publication Date: 8/1/2006
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 214 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
What a stunning memoir this is - heartfelt, overflowing, with longing, topped off with joy... This book was too sad for me, but very well written,
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Helpful Score: 6
I really enjoyed this book. The recolection of a childhood hazed by alcoholic relatives as well as a cloud over the writers memory was quite clear. Everyone wants a place you can go and feel like it is your family. This guy found that at a local bar.
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Helpful Score: 4
JR does well at capturing the personalities of the corner bar that pretty much raised him. His reporter's sense keeps the narrative pretty much just the facts, ma'am, but they're pretty fascinating facts, especially for those who have a Friends bar they, too, call almost home.
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Helpful Score: 4
A good read, but I was ready for it to be over long before the end of the book. I find the author to be a bit self-serving, especially concerning the obsession with his name, but all in all it's a good book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I've had this book on my TBR list for a year and just finished it in a marathon weekend reading session. The author does a wonderful job of describing the area where he grew up, his family and the group of men from the barroom who raised him in the absence of his father. One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time.
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One of the best books I have ever read. His writing is so good that I was even willing to read a piece he did on a boxer which I thought would be extremely boring but with Moehringer doing the writing, it was wonderful as well. Willie Sutton was another book he wrote and that too was enjoyable. This guy has quite a gift. I guess I should be glad he doesn't pump stuff out every year but I am starving for more.

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