Drinking With Men

DrinkingReviewed an outstanding new book, “Drinking With Men,” By Rosie Schaap.

It’s a great read. I highly recommend it.

Here’s an excerpt from my review that ran in the WSJ on Saturday.

“More than anywhere else,” she writes, “bars are where I’ve figured out how to relate to others and how to be myself. They’ve not only shaped my identity, they’ve shaped my point of view—one that is profoundly optimistic about human kindness despite a healthy dose of skepticism. And I challenge anyone who becomes a regular at their neighborhood bar not to feel the same way.”

It’s also clear that such late-night self-discovery has come at a price for Ms. Schaap, the daughter of famed sportswriter and broadcaster Dick Schaap and the “Drink” columnist for the New York Times Magazine. She is clearly addicted—not to the booze but to the bons viveurs and oddball characters of New York bar life. Bars seem to be almost as much an emotional crutch for her as the next drink is for a sot. By her own admission, she has become so dependent on having a place at whatever bar she currently calls home that her life at the bar is, essentially, her life. Ms. Schaap knows this and is, as they say, OK with it.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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