From the book jacket:
J.R. Moehringer grew up captivated by a
voice. It was the voice of his father, a New
York City disc jockey who vanished before
J.R. spoke his first word. Sitting on the
stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J.R.
would strain to hear in that plummy baritone
the secrets of masculinity and identity.
Though J.R.'s mother was his world, his
rock, he craved something more, something
faintly and hauntingly audible only in The
At eight years old, suddenly unable to find
The Voice on the radio, J.R. turned in
desperation to the bar on the corner, where
he found a rousing chorus of new voices.
Cops and poets, bookies and soldiers, movie
stars and stumblebums,...
Beyond the Book
Moehringer (pronounced Morier),
winner of the
Pulitzer Prize for feature
writing in 2000, is a
national correspondent for the
Los Angeles Times
former Niemann Fellow at Harvard
University. He lives in Denver,
Manhasset residents were killed
in the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center. One was a
Dickens bartender, another was a
cousin of Moehringer.
As the reviewer for Publishers
Weekly so aptly put it, "Moehringer's
lovely evocation of an ordinary...