Drinking With Men

Drinking With Men

Book - 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"--
"An honest, irreverent, chronological account of a woman forging her identity in bars, an almost exclusively male world, while living in New York, Dublin, and Montreal, among other locales"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Hardcover, 2013
ISBN: 9781594487118
Branch Call Number: Biography B Sch


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Jul 17, 2019

For Rosie Schapp a great deal of her time was spent either drinking or thinking about drinking. So although I'm not an expert on this subject, amongst many, I'd hazard a guess she might fit the clinical definition of an alcoholic. Two rules of thumb I use to explain addiction to alcohol are, one, that some people look for the answers to their problems in the bottom of a bottle and secondly when people drink, their families become strangers and strangers become their families. Still Rosie Schaap is a very good writer. I hope she doesn't waste her talent.

Mar 09, 2019

Rosie Schaap likes bars. She likes to drink in bars and sometimes drinks to excess. But what she likes most is the feeling she gets from finding a bar where she belongs. Some of us have gyms, some have coffeehouses, Rosie has bars. In this book, she chronicles her experiences in the bars which have grown her into the adult she is (she writes about bars for the NYT). She comes to learn (this is not a "reveal") that she is unusual among women, that most women may enjoy a bar but will not return there night after night. This highly enjoyable memoir made me understand what it's author finds so appealing in bars and though I know I'll never be the type of woman who frequents any one bar, I will seek this author out in whatever else she chooses to write about. She tells a good story and tells it well. I liked this book very much.


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