Drinking with Men by Rosie Schaap
A Memoir

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But the thrust of Rosie Schaap’s memoir has to do with the title of the book: drinking with men. While those experiences seem to have resonated with her, they don’t come across as enthralling or memorable in this book.
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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.
 

About Rosie Schaap

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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.
 
Published January 24, 2013 by Riverhead Books. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Mark Yost on Jan 18 2013

Ms. Schaap tells us not only about the characters she meets, the conversations she had and ambiance she encountered but about herself, too. And she does so in subtle and profound ways...

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 23 2013

There's no substitute for the kind of community you can find in a good tavern. And no American writer can explain it better than Rosie Schaap.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jonathan Rickard on Jan 24 2013

But the thrust of Rosie Schaap’s memoir has to do with the title of the book: drinking with men. While those experiences seem to have resonated with her, they don’t come across as enthralling or memorable in this book.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Christine Sismondo on Jan 25 2013

If you don’t love bars and you’re curious about what you’re missing, this would serve as an excellent initiation.

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