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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.
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 6 days ago by Joe Gaspard
A very moving and personal book by Joe Queenan...my favorite author. It is excellent.Published 15 days 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 3 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 6 months ago by Gerald R. Johnson
A tale of a dysfunctional shanty Irish Philadelphia family and the boy who suffered over his drunken dada. Really well done with lots of characters you can sink your teeth into. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T-Whit
Closing Time is Joe Queenan's memoir of paternal terror and loathing set against a Philadelphia cityscape ruled by a boozy tyrant who doesn't merit the honorific of "father," and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Michael Thompson/Sharon Thompson
I am glad I read _Closing Time_. For one, Queenan's descriptions of Philadelphia neighborhoods and Center City are spot on and evoke the city and its past in a way that resonated... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrea Broomfield
You had a lousy childhood, and you hate your abusive father, we get it. I had a great childhood, and loved my father. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Whalton
I am always thrilled to read the words of anyone with as much mastery of the English language as Joe Queenan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jefflang