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Author: J. R. Moehringer Narrator: Hyperion Assorted Authors, J. R. Moehringer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781401385576
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In the tradition of This Boy’s Life and The Liar’s Club, The Tender Bar is a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar.

J. R. Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before J. R. spoke his first word. Sitting on the stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J. R. would strain to hear in that plummy baritone the secrets of masculinity and identity. Though J. R.’s mother was his world, his rock, he craved something more, something faintly and hauntingly audible only in the voice.

At eight years old, suddenly unable to find the voice on the radio, J. R. turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas along the bar—including J. R.’s Uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi Bear sound-alike; and Joey D, a softhearted brawler—took J. R. to the beach, to ballgames, and ultimately into their circle. They taught J. R., tended him, and provided a kind of fathering-by-committee. Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J. R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J. R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak—and eventually from reality.

In the grand tradition of landmark memoirs, The Tender Bar is suspenseful, wrenching, and achingly funny. A classic American story of self-invention and escape, of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son, it’s also a moving portrait of one boy’s struggle to become a man, and an unforgettable depiction of how men remain, at heart, lost boys.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The real richness of The Tender Bar lies in its including so many of these individual events while still keeping a larger literary context in mind.”

    New York Times

  • “The book ends up being funny, vivid, and clever, peppered with self-deprecation and populated by larger-than-life lugs.”

    Washington Post

  • “In his gimlet-eyed memoir, The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer lovingly and affectingly toasts a boyhood spent on a barstool.”

    Vanity Fair

  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Award
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

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About the Author

J. R. Moehringer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Denver, Colorado.