Drinking with Men

Drinking with Men

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"NPR" "Best Books of 2013"
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A vivid, funny, and poignant memoir that celebrates the distinct lure of the camaraderie and community one finds drinking in bars.
Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and especially the sometimes surprising but always comforting company of regulars. Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at fifteen she told commuters' fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among regular patrons can be.
In "Drinking with Men," Schaap shares her unending quest for the perfect local haunt, which takes her from a dive outside Los Angeles to a Dublin pub full of poets, and from small-town New England taverns to a character-filled bar in Manhattan's TriBeCa. Drinking alongside artists and expats, ironworkers and soccer fanatics, she finds these places offer a safe haven, a respite, and a place to feel most like herself. In rich, colorful prose, Schaap brings to life these seedy, warm, and wonderful rooms. "Drinking with Men "is a love letter to the bars, pubs, and taverns that have been Schaap's refuge, and a celebration of the uniquely civilizing source of community that is bar culture at its best.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Riverhead Books
  • United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1594487111
  • 9781594487118
  • 1,198,404

About Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. A contributor to "This American Life "and npr.org, she writes the "Drink" column for "The New York Times Magazine." She was born in New York City and still lives there.
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Review quote

"This book will be a classic. There is so much joy in this book! It's a great, comforting, wonderful, funny, inspiring, moving memoir about community and belief and the immense redemptive powers of alcohol drunk properly."--Kate Christensen, author of "In the Drink "and "The Great Man

""There are bar stories and there are coming-of-age stories. And then there is Rosie Schaap's thoughtful and funny chronicle that reminds us of all the drinks, dives, and deep conversations that helped make us who we are. This is a wise, engaging memoir."
--Wendy McClure, author of "The Wilder Life "and "I'm Not the New Me"
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1,500 ratings
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5 12% (176)
4 31% (467)
3 35% (532)
2 16% (247)
1 5% (78)
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