December 20, 2005
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer is a moving and heartfelt memoir of the Los Angeles Times reporter. Moehringer lovingly portrays the characters in his life (those deserving of such portrayal, at least), but does not sugarcoat them. The people who surround him are painted with the hand of a romantic, whether they are his family, the men at the bar, or especially, himself. Growing up with an absent father, a financially burdened mother and a surrogate father amalgamated from the men at the local bar, J.R. Moehringer tells a tale that tugged at my heart and made me wish the book lasted longer.