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The Tender Bar

Moehringer, J. R.

ISBN 10: 0340895063 / ISBN 13: 9780340895061
Published by Hyperion, 2005, 2005
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Title: The Tender Bar

Publisher: Hyperion, 2005

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: Advance Reading Copy.

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JR Moehringer grew up listening for a voice, the voice of his missing father, a disc jockey who disappeared before JR spoke his first words. As a boy, JR would press his ear to a battered clock radio, straining to hear in that resonant voice the secrets of identity and masculinity. When the voice disappeared, JR found new voices in the bar on the corner. A grand old New York saloon, the bar was a sanctuary for all sorts of men-cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums. The flamboyant characters along the bar taught JR, tended him, and provided a kind of fatherhood by committee. The bar became a way station-from JR's entrance to Yale, where he floundered as a scholarship student; to Lord & Taylor, where he spent a humbling stint peddling housewares; to the "New York Times", where he became a faulty cog in a vast machine. The bar offered shelter from failure, from rejection, and eventually from reality, until at last the bar turned JR away. An evocative portrait of one boy's struggle to become a man, "The Tender Bar" is also a touching depiction of how some men remain lost boys.


'It's a terrific memoir - funny, poignant, and amazing. J.R. Moehringer drew me in and made me want to know everything ...' -- Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage 'Simply a wonderful book about a heaven of a life that had everything going against it except intense love ...' -- James Salter, author of BURNING THE DAYS 'THE TENDER BAR will make you thirsty for that life - its camaraderie, its hilarity, its seductive, dangerous wisdom.' -- Richard Russo, author of EMPIRE FALLS '... wild events and rich characters. It is a very human book ...' -- Paul Haskins, Village Books

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