The Tender Bar

The Tender Bar

A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2005
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J.R. Moehringer grew up listening for a voice: It was the sound of his missing father, a disc jockey who disappeared before J.R. spoke his first words. As a boy, J.R. would press his ear to a clock radio, straining to hear in that resonant voice the secrets of masculinity, and the keys to his own identity. J.R.'s mother was his world, his anchor, but he needed something else, something more, something he couldn't name. So he turned to the bar on the corner, a grand old New York saloon that was a sanctuary for all types of men -- cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2005.
ISBN: 9781419363023
1419363026
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Grupper, Adam

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Nov 24, 2014

I wasn't sure I'd like it when I started listening. But before long, I was hooked. It's a fun memoir, and the reader, Adam Grupper, does a very good job with it.

There's also an abridged recording read by the author. I shy away from abridged books, but who knows?

medpro Jul 20, 2013

Sort of a cross between Cheers (the TV show) and Catcher in the Rye. Authentic and beautifully written. At turns, poignant, hilarious, painful... but ultimately triumphant. Moehringer essentially wrote Andre Agassi's autobiography ("Open"), which was also excellent.

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