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I know it helped mine, just by reading it!!!
The author is at his best in two modes... when he summarizes a situation... and when he provides a character study that combines "street-sense" and humor.
For another, Queenan does make numerous important observations as to what it means to grow up poor, not only economically, but culturally.
This book is a riveting read. I found it to be personally thought-provoking and enlightening in the sense of the author's reactions and conclusions to the situations he was placed... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kathleen Personius
Joe Qeenan has written a wonderful memoir, filled with humor, style and interesting events. It was hard to put the book down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Writer/Reader
For anyone who grew up in household terrorized by a father in name only, or knew someone in similar circumstance this book will haunt you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Gargan
A great book about overcoming a rough childhood and about the joys of familial love. Very well written and very touching. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barry Wolfe
A funny and beautifully written memoir. Queenan has a unique view on the events of his childhood, but then, it is his childhood. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe Gaspard
A very moving and personal book by Joe Queenan...my favorite author. It is excellent.Published 7 months ago by Hercule
It was hard reading about the family's problems, as real as they were. At times I felt the author was trying to impress me with all the knowledge he gained through his life... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sue Blevins
I have read Joe Queenan for a number of years and have found his work to be exceptional. "Closing Time" goes beyond exceptional. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gerald R. Johnson