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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 Manhattans 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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“A witty homage to pubs and bars and the regulars who call them home.” O Magazine 

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"With focused premise and expansive feeling...[and] very smart assessments of a mode of being that's not given the credit it deserves. 'Drinking With Men' would pair very well this time of year with a well-aged whiskey and a handful of peanuts." The Boston Globe

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“Rosie Schaap's New York Times column on the pleasures of drinking has always been — like the best bartenders — funny, smart, and slightly bawdy. This memoir is also all those things — and there's no hangover.” W Magazine

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“Witty…a vivid study of both Schaap's life in bars, often as one of the few women regulars, and a gimlet-eyed exploration of modern bar culture.” Chicago Tribune

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“Beautifully composed…detailed and genuine…the stories just seem to tell themselves.” Library Journal

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594632310
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Schaap, Rosie
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20140107
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Riverhead Trade - English 9781594632310 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A witty homage to pubs and bars and the regulars who call them home.”
"Review" by , "With focused premise and expansive feeling...[and] very smart assessments of a mode of being that's not given the credit it deserves. 'Drinking With Men' would pair very well this time of year with a well-aged whiskey and a handful of peanuts."
"Review" by , “Rosie Schaap's New York Times column on the pleasures of drinking has always been — like the best bartenders — funny, smart, and slightly bawdy. This memoir is also all those things — and there's no hangover.”
"Review" by , “Witty…a vivid study of both Schaap's life in bars, often as one of the few women regulars, and a gimlet-eyed exploration of modern bar culture.”
"Review" by , “Beautifully composed…detailed and genuine…the stories just seem to tell themselves.”
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