Closing Time

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Closing Time
  • Joe Queenan
  • English
  • 11 May 2019
  • 067002063X

About the Author: Joe Queenan

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Closing Time A Deeply Funny And Affecting Memoir About A Great Escape From A Childhood Of PovertyJoe Queenan S Acerbic Riffs On Movies, Sports, Books, Politics, And Many Of The Least Forgivable Phenomena Of Pop Culture Have Made Him One Of The Most Popular Humorists And Commentators Of Our Time In Closing Time Queenan Turns His Sights On A Serious And Personal Topic His Childhood In A Philadelphia Housing Project In The Early S By Turns Hilarious And Heartbreaking, Closing Time Recounts Queenan S Irish Catholic Upbringing In A Family Dominated By His Erratic Father, A Violent Yet Oddly Charming Emotional Terrorist Whose Alcoholism Fuels A Limitless Torrent Of Self Pity, Railing, Destruction, And Late Night Chats With The Lord Himself With The Help Of A Series Of Mentors And Surrogate Fathers, And Armed With His Own Furious Love Of Books And Music, Joe Begins The Long Flight Away From The Dismal Confines Of His Neighborhood With A Brief Misbegotten Stop At A Seminary And Into The Wider World Queenan S Unforgettable Account Of The Damage Done To Children By Parents Without Futures And Of The Grace Children Find To Move Beyond These Experiences Will Appeal To Fans Of Augusten Burroughs And Mary Karr, And Will Take Its Place As An Autobiography In The Classic American Tradition

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10 thoughts on “Closing Time

  1. Mike Clinton says:

    Queenan recounts his tough childhood in a working class Irish American family from Philly and points out matter of factly although with sardonic flavor how he learned to come to terms with it My main motivation for reading this was because of the demographic parallels to my own childhood, although Queenan s experience with his brutal drunken father and coldly indifferent mother are of another order altogether Queenan s observations about working class outlooks and assumptions, the character Queenan recounts his tough childhood in a working class Irish American family from Philly and points out matter of factly although with sardonic flavor how he learned to come to terms with it My main motivation for reading this was because of the demographic parallels to my own childhood, although Queenan s experience with his brutal drunken father and coldly indifferent mother are of another order altogether Queenan s observations about working class outlooks and assumptions, the character and culture of Philly in the late 20th century, the effect of discovering other places and options, left me nodding my head knowingly a lot like Alfred Lubrano s book Limbo about the world of straddlers who grew up in the working class but then made their way into the professional middle class Queenan pays his respects to several men who served often unwittingly as surrogate fathers and life mentors, but he soften biting and bitter in his depictions of the people who surround him in his youth Some of these people may deserve it or at least it seems relevant to the purpose of his memoir for Queenan to let his bile flow quite a few times, though, it seems like Queenan goes out of his way to settle a distant, petty score against someone best left long forgotten Colorful turns of phrase, funny and elaborate references, pointed irony are the key elements to Queenan s writing style, which is enjoyable in itself, although he can lay it on a bit thick from time to time, making the phrase, image, analogy stretched and contrived I m glad that I started the year off with this book, since I felt a connection with the author, something that s lacking in what I m reading now John Banville s The Sea

  2. Tdonnelly says:

    This may be the first book I ve put down in a good long time If you haven t read this book, you may consider these points Joe Queenan isn t really all that funny in this book He takes pains to put in what he thinks are hilarious descriptions which tend to be overwritten, overwrought, and aimed primarily at making English professors titter.This book was in dire need of a good editor I m halfway through it and it s just too damn long Yes, I know his father is an alcoholic who beats him and tha This may be the first book I ve put down in a good long time If you haven t read this book, you may consider these points Joe Queenan isn t really all that funny in this book He takes pains to put in what he thinks are hilarious descriptions which tend to be overwritten, overwrought, and aimed primarily at making English professors titter.This book was in dire need of a good editor I m halfway through it and it s just too damn long Yes, I know his father is an alcoholic who beats him and that his mother is hiding down the way reading newspapers, but to hear it again and again still by page 115 doesn t make any sense There s a good story here, but there s so many detours you may give up on it before you get to your destination.If you were looking for a book to make you feel like you re a good father, you found it Queenan s dad was a nightmare and I give him accolades for making it out of that home without turning into a hardened criminal I m serious about the good dad thing this book makes you feel good just by being a good husband and father and not worrying that you aren t the Hollywood director you thought you d be in high school

  3. Gina says:

    One of the best memoirs I ve ever read Probably because I can identify with Queenan s childhood and escape from the working class There are mentors along the way, most of them eccentrics that jump right off the page and they make for hysterical reading Ultimately though, books are what got him through His writing can be incredibly caustic, but it s always honest and uplifting which seems a weird way to describe it, but that s what I feel.

  4. Carol says:

    Joe Queenan, contributor to NYT, magazines and author of nine books reveals hair curling scenarios from his childhood of poverty in Queens Village, Philadelphia.Queenan s story is compelling The book is difficult to put down I think it is difficult when you, yourself, have succeeded in spite of a seriously dysfunctional childhood With harm and not help from parents, you wonder to what heights you could have flown with educated parents who gave even half a damn From that source springs Queenan Joe Queenan, contributor to NYT, magazines and author of nine books reveals hair curling scenarios from his childhood of poverty in Queens Village, Philadelphia.Queenan s story is compelling The book is difficult to put down I think it is difficult when you, yourself, have succeeded in spite of a seriously dysfunctional childhood With harm and not help from parents, you wonder to what heights you could have flown with educated parents who gave even half a damn From that source springs Queenan s anger at his drunken Father who beats him and his sisters and encourages little Joe to lie to his Mother.Queenan goes to great lengths to have us comprehend the emotional toll that poverty takes on children It really helps us see that not having what the middle class has ensures that one generation after another never will Queenan s prose is brash and clear and seductive He also brings back a richness of memory of life in The Philadelphia region of the Fifties and Sixties I feared that to read this memoir, I would need to read ainteresting book in tandem, but this book stands firmly on it s own merits This book has its strong points in humor and information about the myriad of communities and myths that make up the place called The City Of Brotherly Love.But it could profit immensely by an editor looking for the story s core I suspect the divergent nature merely reflects the pain endured by the author reliving a life of confusion and disbelief When parents are unable or refuse to explain their own origins and what their lives have been about, children are left with their own anger and emptiness Trying to construct a new story for themselves and a new family is their brave hope and the hope of America

  5. Shawna says:

    I was excited when I heard Joe Queenan talking about his book on NPR, I ve read three of his other books and I enjoy his cranky humor, and his half put on smug sense of superiority as he skewers American banalities, and while there were many very humorous and poignant sections in this book, I was absolutely driven to distraction by Queenan s instance on using obscure words I was stopped in my tracks at least twice on nearly every page, to puzzle over word meanings I consider myself a fairly li I was excited when I heard Joe Queenan talking about his book on NPR, I ve read three of his other books and I enjoy his cranky humor, and his half put on smug sense of superiority as he skewers American banalities, and while there were many very humorous and poignant sections in this book, I was absolutely driven to distraction by Queenan s instance on using obscure words I was stopped in my tracks at least twice on nearly every page, to puzzle over word meanings I consider myself a fairly literate person I took the GRE, and memorized my fair share of ridiculously pretentious words but come on Examples suzerainty, caliginous, escutcheon, panjandrums, sybaritic, satraps, and poltroons He describes one person as having Good Soldier Schweik hair page 54 and I searched the internet trying to figure out what that meant, and I still don t know I have to figure that most readers aren t going to stop, like I did, write these words down and look them up Next time Mr Queenan includ a glossary

  6. Mike Reuther says:

    Joe Queenan s rise from poverty to successful writer makes for one of the best memoirs I ve ever read Queenan s father, an abusive alcoholic and dreamer, cast a considerable shadow over him But Queenan was determined not to be like his old man or repeat his mistakes Thanks to his own yearnings to be a writer, he managed to do just that After forsaking the idea of being a priest, Queenan set out looking for other role models, and some of them are here There s plenty of humorous episodes, and Joe Queenan s rise from poverty to successful writer makes for one of the best memoirs I ve ever read Queenan s father, an abusive alcoholic and dreamer, cast a considerable shadow over him But Queenan was determined not to be like his old man or repeat his mistakes Thanks to his own yearnings to be a writer, he managed to do just that After forsaking the idea of being a priest, Queenan set out looking for other role models, and some of them are here There s plenty of humorous episodes, and Queenan s descriptions of some of the men he worked for as a teenager and even admired not to mention the colorful cast of Philadelphia characters who march across these pages had me laughing out loud as I read this book By the time Queenan has become a published author and his father is dying, he has somewaht come to terms with him and the less than happy memories of his boyhood For Queenan fans familiar with his sardonic, often unforgiving view on culture and society, there s plenty of that here as well

  7. Melody says:

    Not unlike Queenan, I read my way into the middle class I am familiar with a lot of the prejudices and knee jerk attitudes he describes I was much, much luckier than he, inasmuch as both my parents loved me and did their level best for me Like him, I adore the English language in all its fearsome glory, and endeavor to use it in a manner befitting its incandescent variety.Unlike Queenan, I m not an unreconstructed, condescending prick This memoir was grueling The horror that was Queenan s c Not unlike Queenan, I read my way into the middle class I am familiar with a lot of the prejudices and knee jerk attitudes he describes I was much, much luckier than he, inasmuch as both my parents loved me and did their level best for me Like him, I adore the English language in all its fearsome glory, and endeavor to use it in a manner befitting its incandescent variety.Unlike Queenan, I m not an unreconstructed, condescending prick This memoir was grueling The horror that was Queenan s childhood is limned here in letters of fire The reaction to that childhood is still happening, and it s uncomfortable to witness There s enough backlash and bitterness to last several lifetimes here and not without justification His dad was a right bastard, make no mistake about it Queenan s claims to have moved beyond his childhood ring hollow in the face of the evidence presented here, though I think he s doing well to have merely survived

  8. Elly Sands says:

    Queenan is an example of how someone can survive their terrible, abusive childhood and rise above it all His intelligence, determination and hard work awarded him the education he so passionately wanted and it eventually gave him the writing career he excels at today He may be considered arrogant, pompous and maybe even rude with his opinions but we learn the basis of this and can understand it better I grew up near Philadelphia so it was nostalgic reading about familiar places and it s fun t Queenan is an example of how someone can survive their terrible, abusive childhood and rise above it all His intelligence, determination and hard work awarded him the education he so passionately wanted and it eventually gave him the writing career he excels at today He may be considered arrogant, pompous and maybe even rude with his opinions but we learn the basis of this and can understand it better I grew up near Philadelphia so it was nostalgic reading about familiar places and it s fun to think we may have crossed paths at a Jimi Hendrix or Doors concert

  9. Mattcale3 says:

    I usually hate memoirs, but Queenan is so refreshingly bitter that I couldn t help but be warmed by the cynicism He hated his father then, hates him now, and is openly glad he s dead Witty, charming, and like a punch in the face for all those who look to family for comfort.

  10. Jennifer Glick says:

    Just finished, love Joe even when he uses words like brobindingian.