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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J.R. Moehringer Narrator: J.R. Moehringer Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 plumy 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. Cops, bookies, soldiers, and stumblebums, all sorts of men gathered in the bar to tell their stories and forget their cares. 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 soft-hearted 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 fatherhood-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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debby | 2/17/2014

    " A Young boy's story of wanting to grow up to be "just like his uncle and friends" and what happens to him when he accomplishes that dream. Well written and very real understanding of community in a bar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marney | 2/16/2014

    " Well written, certainly, with memorable characters (and amusing if you like stories of drunken antics), but I found it self indulgent. Gifted kid...dysfunctional family...overcoming the odds...unlucky in love...and all, of course, soaked in alcohol. How come every talented writer wounded by alcoholism, or even second-hand alcoholim, feels compelled to write a memoir? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jyoung927 | 2/15/2014

    " not bad. came as a recommendation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judith L | 2/2/2014

    " My first impression from the TENDER BAR's book cover lead me to think that the story was being told about a pub in Ireland. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it is set in Manhasset, Long Island, an actual town in New York. J.R. Moehringer's story of his growing-up relationship with the men of the local bar, Publicans is a portrait of an alcholic in development. I kept asking myself as I read the book this question - What mother condones sending her son to a bar? It is only in the last chapters that the author realizes that drinking can not solve his problems. Well-written story! I am eager to read more from this author. "

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