Closing Time : A Memoir

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-30
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted in American culture. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and a more personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Timerecounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic, alcoholic father, and his long flight away from the dismal confines of his neighborhood into the greater, wide world. A story about salvation and escape, Closing Timehas at its heart the makings of a classic American autobiography.

Author Biography

Joe Queenan is the author of nine books and a regular contributor to The New York Times and numerous other major publications. He is a frequent guest on network talk shows and has hosted radio programs for the BBC.

Table of Contents

The Man on the Roofp. 1
Sin Cityp. 20
The Predicamentp. 51
Domine, Non Sum Dignusp. 83
Semper Fidelisp. 106
The Parting of the Reed Seap. 152
Twilight of the Apothecariesp. 185
C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerrep. 213
Second Fiddlep. 235
Management Potentialp. 249
Walkaboutp. 284
Closing Timep. 315
Epiloguep. 334
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
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