"A vivid memoir of growing up and coming of age with a single mother describes how the author received valuable life lessons and friendship at the neighbourhood bar, an old-time New York saloon populated by a colourful assortment of characters who provided him with a kind of fatherhood by committee." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063
Could not get into it. I don't smoke, drink or gamble so it is hard for me to understand the boy's admiration for the people in this pub, even if he was looking for a father figure. Don't understand his fascination with his name either. At some point he should have realized that the dad is a write-off and just moved on.
I loved this book and it's still one of my favourite memoirs. Thoroughly recommend it. Engaging, funny and well written. It stays with you.
This may be the best Memoir I have ever read. It takes more than an interesting life, a cast of characters and some good stories to write a good memoir. You have to be able to write too. JR Moehringer can write. One third of the way through the book, I forgot it was a memoir and was certain it was a novel. Then at the three quarter point I realized (again) that the narrator and the writer had the same name and I was indeed reading a memoir.
So good, so beautifully written, I did not want it to end.
I'd recommend to any adult or older teen.
Book Club - 2008
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