Little Chapel on the River
Forced from her downtown Manhattan apartment by the terrorist attack of September 11, journalist Wendy Bounds was delivered to Guinan's doorstep — a legendary Irish drinking hole and country store nestled along the banks of the Hudson River in the small town of Garrison, New York — by a friend.
Captivated by the bar's charismatic but ailing owner and his charming, motley...more
1. Bounds begins helping in ...more
Over time she lets their actions and words paint the picture of a group of people whose intersection is not in their own backgrounds or personalites, but in their desire, no, their longing for a place to step out of life for a bit to contemplate and discuss what passes by on river and road.
I had some difficulty in rating the book, though ...more
The story takes place shortly after 9/11, where the author, a Wall Street Journal reporter, and her partner leave Manhattan to take refuge in a little town on t ...more
"Captivated by the bar's charismatic but ailing owner and his charming, motley clientele, Bounds uprooted herself permanently and moved to tiny Garrison, the picturesque river town they all call home.. ...more
Meantime, the summer renters close up shop...Those who stay can watch as the landscape strips down, unloading her buxom summer weight until she is naked, angular, severely beautiful.
This is home on the eve of our arrival."
Reading the book jacke ...more
This true story begins on the morning of September 11, 2001, in an apartment next door to the World Trade Center. The author, Wendy Bounds, is preparing to go to work at the Wall Street Journal when the towers are hit and life turns upside down. After a couple months as a nomad, she and her roommate end up living with friends an hour outside the city in the small hamlet of Garrison, across the Hudson river from West Point. Wendy becomes more intrigued and ...more
I hadn't read or viewed anything about September 11th since, and her treatment of the events were totally gentle and manageable (to me, I am a wuss I'll admit.)
My only criticism of the book was it's construction. As a series of vignettes, to me it detracted from the idea of this being a life-changing experience for the author. This is her first ...more
Wendy Bounds is forced to leave Manhattan after the 911 terrorist attacks leave her apartment uninhabitable. She had her partner land, at first temporarily and then permanently, in Garrison and discover Guinan's - the "Little Chapel on the River". This ...more
i can't even wrap my head around it, the quietness, the sanctity, the small, brilliant writing. the carefulness of the characters, the beautiful setting, the honesty of everything.
i'll be back later for a more thorough review, but seriously, pick this book up.
guinan's doesn't exist anymore, and that's really sad, but this book will remember it. for me, i found dive bar, and gwendolyn found guinan's. these things are what we remember and hold ...more
For all of us who lead lives that are much to busy, lives that often forget what humanity should be about, read this book. We all need to find a place where perspective c ...more
-Guinan's closed in 2008, so we cannot go visit it.
-Elise would not do the Irish accent for Ji ...more
The author is a bit flighty (example: didn't know that there's tension between Irish & English). Her reflections are not profound, although she believes them to be. Her personal musings detracted from the story sometimes - she should remove herself and show us more a ...more