The Tender Bar

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Another audiobook, although this time I accidentally picked up an abridged copy from the library – and didn’t realize until I got to the end of it. I should have been suspicious of the paltry 5 CDs. In any case, what’s done is done. I guess I’ll never know what I missed out on.

The Tender Bar is a memoir from J. R. Moehringer. It outlines his childhood, his search for father-figures in the absence of his own father, his mother’s determination that he should have a better life than hers, and his path to and through Yale. For me, the most interest aspect was the reflection on what it means to try something that you suspect is beyond you, and the exhileration that follows, not just from acheiving something that you thought you couldn’t, but from the actual process of hoping, and throwing your everything into it. (I guess you see this, in a slightly different light, in The Devil Wears Prada).

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