Beth's Reviews > Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most

Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 07 to 28, 2012

This book is about a journalist who works for the Wall Street Journal. She and her partner lived practically across the street from the World Trade Center on 9/11. In the days and weeks following the attack, she and her roommate stayed with various friends while their apartment was unhabitable. They ended up near the little town of Garrison, NY on the Hudson River, about 50 miles from NYC. Before catching a train to the city one day, they stopped in a small local tavern there and the author, Wendy Bounds, became absolutely entranced with the place. Bounds ends up moving to Garrison, first living in a rental house and later buying a home in the community. She becomes a regular at Guinan's, the little local bar and grocery/convenience store, run by an Irish-American family where she finds a connection that was missing in her life in the city. Bounds is a superb storyteller and her writing will captivate you. She introduces the members of the family and the regulars at the tavern, telling each one's story. This book is a paean to the kind of place that you don't find much anymore - an authentic local mom & pop establishment that is a home away from home for its customers - what one man who visits regularly calls a "little chapel."

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