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Book Discussion:"The Tender Bar"-JR Moehringer

Event Type: Book Discussion
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 8/2/2013
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description:
 "Long before it legally served me, the bar saved me," asserts J.R. Moehringer, and his compelling memoir The Tender Bar is the story of how and why. A Pulitzer-Prize winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, Moehringer grew up fatherless in pub-heavy Manhasset, New York, in a ramshackle house crammed with cousins and ruled by an eccentric, unkind grandfather. Desperate for a paternal figure, he turns first to his father, a DJ whom he can only access via the radio (Moehringer calls him The Voice and pictures him as "talking smoke"). When The Voice suddenly disappears from the airwaves, Moehringer turns to his hairless Uncle Charlie, and subsequently, Uncle Charlie's place of employment--a bar called Dickens that soon takes center stage. While Moehringer may occasionally resort to an overwrought metaphor (the footsteps of his family sound like "storm troopers on stilts"), his writing moves at a quick clip and his tale of a dysfunctional but tightly knit community is warmly told. "While I fear that we're drawn to what abandons us, and to what seems most likely to abandon us, in the end I believe we're defined by what embraces us," Moehringer says, and his story makes us believe it.
Library: McClay Branch    Map
Location: MY Meeting Room A & B
Other Information:
 Please pick up a copy of the book at the reference desk. Courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Contact: Carrie
Contact Number: 636-441-6454
Status: Closed


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