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July Non-Fiction Meeting

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

Moehringer's memoir of a difficult but loving upbring in New York and how the various father figures he carouses with in a series of bars formed him. The book is filled with colorful characters and vividly told experiences.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good discussion about how family dynamics shapes us as individuals. I liked the discussion.

    July 27, 2012

  • JP C.

    Remember, everyone is welcome even if you haven't finished the book!

    Here's a quote to ponder, perhaps suggesting what the author himself might want us to consider:

    "I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for plot, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick to comic strips and soap operas. . . . Every book worth a damn is about emotions and love and death and pain. It's about words. It's about a man dealing with life. Okay?"

    July 26, 2012

  • JP C.

    I started into the book, and discovered that besides being a rich and deeply introspective tale, at least the beginning is full of his complex relationships with various female figures, particularly his mother - it looks like there's something here for everyone.

    July 11, 2012

  • JP C.

    I din't right off find this on the shelves of any local bookstores, but it is available in several formats from the Denver Public Library, including e-book download:


    It's also available used from sources like Amazon and ABEbooks for under $8 including shipping

    July 1, 2012

  • JP C.

    Here are a couple of reviews of this book , and a link to more:

    "A beautiful, gravelly love letter." - Jonathan Miles, New York Times Book Review

    "It’s a fierce and funny coming-of-age story about ambition and yearning and necessary betrayals . . . superb literary brew." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

    "The best memoirist of his kind since Mary Karr wrote The Liar’s Club." - Janet Maslin, New York Times


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