Friday, August 18, 2006

How Not To Grow Up

Sharon who blogs at Clairity's Journal and teaches at St Scholastica, has a book recommendation for us today. It strikes a chord with me.

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer is a tender coming of age story in a time of lost fathers. His memoir recalls his search for a father and this relationship with the surrogates that came his way. You would think from the cover that he was raised in a bar, and while that's not quite the case, it became his home. As with every childhood home, growing up demands an exit plan.

The Dickens bar, later named Publicans, was the young JR's goal and his jumping off point. When his bookie/bartender uncle wasn't too hungover, he would bring us nephew to the beach or to the ballgame with some eccentric male characters you would never knowingly allow your kids to be with. In the bar, JR learns of war and women and how to fight and how to be friends.
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