On April 23, BHS will participate in World Book Night, an annual event where people give away special editions of great books for free. BHS has been awarded with 20 copies of 4 different books. Between now and the 23rd, we will highlight each of these four titles. In this post, The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer, introduced by Mrs. Janovitz.
J.R. grew up in Manhasset, NY, on a street with a church at one end and a bar at the other. He felt this location allowed everyone to have a holy place. For him, a young boy with an absent father, that bar was indeed a place he held sacred. It was where he was accepted and applauded, where he found refuge, where he learned to be a man. J. R. Moehringer’s memoir, The Tender Bar, is a moving coming of age story that follows J.R.’s journey to manhood. This journey is one full of mentors simultaneously admirable and questionable. Along his path, he is influenced by foul-mouthed and often chauvinistic bar-owners and patrons who give him a sense of individual power, intellectual and reclusive bookstore employees who give him a sense of direction, a young cousin impressed by his drinking ability who offers him freedom and escape, and an unapologetically strong mother who teaches him determination and integrity. Classically American in its themes and style, the story is inspiring and honest. An homage to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in many ways, Moehringer doesn’t gloss over the truths of the American dream or the American family. The Tender Bar is a great read, one that will leave you ready to reflect on the characters that make up your own life.