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The Tender Bar

by J.R. Moehringer

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
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    Sep 2005, 370 pages
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    Aug 2006, 432 pages

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J.R. Moehringer (pronounced Morier), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2000, is a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a former Niemann Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Almost 50 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 place filled with ordinary people gives dignity and meaning to those lost lives, and to his own."

The bar formerly known as Gino's, Dickens and Publicans is now called Edisons. It can be found at 550 Plandome Rd, Manhasset on Long Island. Although the pub remains, Manhasset has "come up" a lot in the 20 to 30 years since Moehringer frequented Dickens.  In 2005 the average price of a home in the greater Manhasset area was $1.35 million - in large part due to its location about 30 minutes from Manhattan and its excellent schools.

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