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The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
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Oct 02, 07

it was ok
Recommended for: people who enjoy sitcom-like memoirs
Read in October, 2007

Jeesh. I picked this up for my husband's birthday and decided to read it myself. I was so excited. I got it from a local book store where one of the book clerks wrote an amazing review. I thought it was going to be about bar culture and the magical and redemptive qualities that can be found in your local bar/pub. I was wrong. It's mostly a memoir of Moehinger's boyhood and college days at Yale. The lack of male role models is a constant and boring theme that runs throughout the book. The love of his mother...how he wants to care for her....yadda yadda. I found myself not caring after a while. Which is a shame, really, because you get the feeling that Moehinger is a good guy with an interesting story to tell. But I could not help but feel, when reading this, that I was watching one, long, maybe more seedy epidsode of The Wonder Years. NYTimes notable book and bestseller for those of you who care.
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