Closing Time: A Memoir by Joe Queenan

By Joe Queenan

A deeply humorous and affecting memoir a few nice get away from a early life of poverty

Joe Queenan's acerbic riffs on videos, activities, books, politics, and plenty of of the least forgivable phenomena of popular culture have made him essentially the most well known humorists and commentators of our time. In final Time Queenan turns his attractions on a extra critical and private subject: his early life in a Philadelphia housing undertaking within the early Nineteen Sixties. by way of turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a relations ruled via his erratic father, a violent but oddly captivating emotional terrorist whose alcoholism fuels a unlimited torrent of self-pity, railing, destruction, and late-night chats with the Lord Himself. With assistance from a sequence of mentors and surrogate fathers, and armed together with his personal livid love of books and tune, Joe starts off the lengthy flight clear of the dismal confines of his neighborhood-with a short misbegotten cease at a seminary-and into the broader global. Queenan's unforgettable account of the wear and tear performed to young children through mom and dad with no futures and of the grace young children locate to maneuver past those reports will attract lovers of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr, and may take its position as an autobiography within the vintage American culture.

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She used to go away off in the woods to pray. " Uncle John said: "I remember until this day the text that minister took that Sunday when Nancy got religion. ' I tell you, ma'am, Nancy shouted, and was so happy we could hardly get her home that evening. She shouted all along the road as we walked. We all got happy on our way back that night, and I do believe it was ten o'clock before we reached home. Nancy cried out in church when she was converted, and said, 'Glory be to God and the Lamb forever!

Uncle John declared that the little baby boy who was picked up almost one fourth of a mile from her cabin that stormy day is now living in the State of Alabama. He is a local preacher there. "My mammy had to work hard all day long with all the balance of the men. She was a mighty smart woman," said Uncle John. "After working all day in the cotton-field she would come home and work half of the night for herself and children. com 37 THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE 65 CHAPTER X. A CONVERTED CATHOLIC. Going to Church on Sunday in Georgia--ill-treatment of Uncle John's daughter--Aunt Lorendo's second visit--Her conversion from Romanism--Her Cousin Albert to be hung--Hattie runs away to the wood and gives birth to a child there.

And this they did to women as well as men. I tell you, my dear child, it used to seem to me so brutal to see poor women treated in that way by brutal and heartless men. I declare, child, I can't understand it, although I've been right in it. " "It was so, just as I tell you; but I did not stay long in the negro traders' yard. com THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE 54 106 few miles from the old place where I was raised and sold from when mother and I was separated. My new master was a mighty mean man, and would not allow any of his slaves to go anywhere.

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