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The Tender Bar: A Memoir af J. R. Moehringer
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The Tender Bar: A Memoir (original 2005; udgave 2006)

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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 radio, straining to hear in that resonant voice the secrets of masculinity, and the keys to his own identity. J.R.'s mother was his world, his anchor, but he needed something else, something more, something he couldn't name. So he turned to the bar on the corner, a grand old New York saloon that was a sanctuary for all types of men -- cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums.… (mere)
Medlem:JudiRobben
Titel:The Tender Bar: A Memoir
Forfattere:J. R. Moehringer
Info:Hyperion (2006), Paperback, 370 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Læst, men ikke ejet
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Rick

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The Tender Bar af J. R. Moehringer (2005)

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Memoir written by an LA Times reporter, who tells of his childhood and young adulthood in Manhasset, Long Island, centering on his attachment to a bar there and the men who work and drink there. JR grows up fatherless, living mostly in the home of his maternal grandparents home, which he and his mother regularly move out of in a bid for independence before slinking back in because his mother can't make enough money to survive on her own. His father has abandoned him, and his grandfather is miserable, so he turns to the bar for his male role models. The book brings us through his childhood, through Yale, and then his early adult years working as a copy boy for the New York Times.
As the memoir unfolds, we are left questioning whether the bar is a sanctuary that allows him to center himself or a drag on his ambition, allowing him to hide from the world.
As with most memoirs, the author is battling demons, and Moehringer is certainly hard on himself. I find myself, however, not liking him very much. I know it's a memoir, but he's so self-absorbed!
So I didn't like it very much ( )
  DanTarlin | Jun 5, 2021 |
Good for JR to write this book to share his love for His hometown family reminding us that we are all awkward children seeking to be understood. I most liked the way he honored his Mother in her imperfect ways and his realization that she had a special wisdom. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Dec 2010):
- Moehringer effectively tells this story, his story, of a childhood and young adulthood that never has a firm anchor, and one in which any source of emotional empathy, even if found at a bar, is worth holding onto.
- His early life is a mess. He and his overburdened mom live in her parents' ragtag old house in Manhasset, just across the sound from NYC. His only contact with his faceless father is his baritone dj's voice on a city radio station. JR's mom does her best, but they can't quite break away from the homestead, replete with numerous cousins, a cantankerous and distant grandpa and Uncle Charlie, bartender at the joint just up the street. JR, bereft of a father and in need of some mentoring, is introduced slowly to Dickens (later Publicans) Bar by Uncle Charlie, a protective, but often drunken, presence. And so it evolves..
- He and his mom move to Arizona, partly to escape the family dynamics in Manhasset, though every summer break JR comes back to stay at grandpa's, while misconceived visits with his father fail to form any bond. In Arizona he lucks into a bookstore job, meeting two unlikely sages, helping prompt his desire to attend college - perhaps Yale? He relates to us his first love encounter, comedy and all, which cringingly takes place while his mom recovers from a bad accident across town.
- JR always has a welcoming cheer upon his visits to Publicans, even before he can imbibe with the regulars, all of whom carry nicknames assigned by Steve, the much maligned bar owner. Some of them carry burdens, some are down on their luck, but all have a home til closing time. Upon reaching legal age, JR is quickly initiated into the mix. Does he get into Yale? Does he survive the bar? You'll have to read the book. But bottom line: I recommend it. Engaging, very salty, touching, worth the effort. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Nov 30, 2018 |
Moehringer è l'autore di "Open" la storia di Agassi. E' grazie a lui che quella storia è leggibile. Così ho deciso di provare con il suo romanzo di formazione e ho avuto la conferma delle sue doti di scrittura confortate da una trama avvincente e coinvolgente. ( )
  permario | Jul 9, 2018 |
I really wanted to like this memoir, but for some reason I never fully trusted the author. I'm not sure why. The story of his life is interesting, however he never created that "pact" between reader and author that is necessary for great nonfiction. I also think that there were areas he really rushes. ( )
1 stem SarinaLeigh | Apr 21, 2017 |
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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 radio, straining to hear in that resonant voice the secrets of masculinity, and the keys to his own identity. J.R.'s mother was his world, his anchor, but he needed something else, something more, something he couldn't name. So he turned to the bar on the corner, a grand old New York saloon that was a sanctuary for all types of men -- cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums.

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