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. Torn between his love for his mother and the lure of the bar, JR forged a boyhood somewhere in the middle. When the time came to leave home, 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. In the rich tradition of bestselling memoirs about self-invention, THE TENDER BAR is by turns riveting, moving, and achingly funny. An evocative portrait of one boy's struggle to become a man, it's also a touching depiction of how some men remain lost boys.
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Brothers from different mothers2018年6月20日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This was my second time around The Tender Bar. JR Moehringer and I are like brothers from similar, but different mothers. My father left but after we had moved to Scottsdale. We moved from an Indian Bend ranch to an apartment next to the Grand Canal and so on. Even my 6th grade picture looks like the kid on the cover only I came along ten year's earlier. The similarities are haunting; even how we both physically cried over fathers that neither of us really knew. Hell yes, I recommend this book because I know how authentic it is.
I've read this wonderful book twice2018年1月10日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I've read this wonderful book twice. Many of us have started our adult lives working in bars and that drew me to read it the first time. I sent it to my writer/son as he started his first bartending job. And then read it again. Few books are better the second time. This one was. He speaks to all of us. Our foibles. Our short comings. Our insecurities. But mostly he speaks to the heart, about commitment, effort, failure, and over coming our own ideas of what the world has in store for us.
Catharsis2016年8月24日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
An engaging story of growing up in a turbulent time, with a loving hard working mother and several strong caring men of the local bar. Well written and honest, with heartfelt emotions associated with the young mans life experiences. Except for the epilogue, this could be any mans story of growing up, being influenced by the family and company of proud men. The child and young man without a father, in any community tavern, make a strong case for the character and strength of men, and a boy becoming a man. The story centers on a truly American bar and the cadre of folks that are regulars. The book also provides excellent insight on the roll of drinking and the implications associated with being a regular. This book feels very personal, and of the authors soul. Thank you JR.
Sue in Clearwater Now
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read2016年1月28日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Full disclosure: my entire family and best friends on earth spent many years at J.R.'s Tender Bar, and every single one of us who read his book have been mesmerized by his talent for spinning all of our tales. His journey through childhood failings and desires to his eventual bar stool in paradise is so touching and entertaining that everyone who shares in his masterful storytelling will feel as if they had been there too. The author's embodiment of everything he remembers lights each page with someone you want to be pals with as well. I promise you that this loving story of adoration will inspire all, and make them wish that they could remember everything that formed them into the accomplished person they became. J.R.. where are you now? Please bless us with a telling of your newest adventures!