The Tender Bar
Few works of modern literature hit home with as many tenets of the Clueless Life as J.R. Moeringer’s The Tender Bar. Its a memoir that ruminates on the topics of growing up, literature, baseball, women, the English language, heartbreak, taking care of your mother and being a man. Oh, and it mostly takes place in a bar. The general plot is that of a young fatherless boy who finds different men willing to take up different fatherly roles in the local watering hole where his uncle works as a bartender.
It is beautiful written and a pleasure to read, something I’ve done several times in the past few years. My main takeaway from it is what it truly means to be a Man, and how many missteps and setbacks we should expect to suffer through until we finally get there.