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The humor of the writing saves "Closing Time" from being totally tragic or maudlin.
For another, Queenan does make numerous important observations as to what it means to grow up poor, not only economically, but culturally.
Joe Queenan is kind of adjective-happy but otherwise this memoir is very well written and most readable.
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 1 month 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 2 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 5 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 8 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 10 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 12 months ago by jefflang
At first I found Joe Queenan's memoir, CLOSING TIME, just a bit off-putting. Not because it had such an edgy undertone of anger and bitterness, which it does, and with good reason,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
What a life. What a brain. Enjoyed this book very much. Queenan has an inquisitive and good brain in his head!Published 14 months ago by M Hill
This was a good but unusual story. He led a different life, but an interesting one. I would reccomend it for others to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gingerbread