The Clancys of Queens

The Clancys of Queens

A Memoir

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working-class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend. From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother, to brawling with eleven-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172, to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs next to an immaculate croquet lawn, to holding court beside Joey O'Dirt, Goiter Eddy, and Roger the Dodger at her dad's local bar, Tara leapfrogs across these varied spheres, delivering stories from each world with originality, grit, and outrageous humor. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of New York City, it offers a bold portrait of real people, whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures--an inimitable prose--the rarely heard voices of New York's working-class women.--Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101903117
Branch Call Number: 974.71 CLA 2016
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 16, 2017

I enjoy memoirs and this one was a lot of fun. Tara is a spunky child how has a lot of energy. I kind of wonder if she had ADD before it was officially a thing. This brought back childhood memories for me when kids went outside and got into all kinds of trouble instead of sitting for hours in front of an electronic device. I really enjoyed the relationships she has/had with her Mom, Dad, Grandma, Mike and all the people in the neighborhood and her family. To be a kid again when you could just run into all the different neighbor's houses and it doesn't even phase them. well worth my time.

Dec 11, 2016

Clancys of Queens
When you are a kid you assume that your life isn’t that much different than others, but when you grow up and realize how different yours was from others, you’ve got the Clancys of Queens. Tara Clancy tells the story of her childhood bouncing between her divorced parents. As I read this it sounds sad but her story is filled with such interesting relatives including an Italian grandma known for her colorful cursing, and her father, an Irish cop living in a teeny tiny house. When she visits her father she spends a lot of her time roughhousing with the neighborhood boys and sitting in a local diner loved by all the regular patrons. Spending the week with her mom, living in the basement apartment of her Italian grandparents in neighborhood she calls geriatric, she experiences a whole different lifestyle when she and her mother spend the weekend with her mom’s boyfriend. Mark, is wealthy. He has restored a century old farmhouse on his estate in the Hamptons. Ketchup is not allowed on the table, unless put in a small ramekin. For Tara this is normal. Her big Irish family, her big Italian family, her tough girlfriends in the schools of Queens New York create a funny, touching story about the importance of family and how they help shape you as an adult. I loved this book. Tara’s writing is fresh and funny, just what you’d expect from a cheeky girl growing up in Queens. (Library Thing review copy)

Nov 15, 2016

Great book. First heard Tara Clancy on "The Moth" podcast. Here voice is very unique and her stories are hilarious. This book delivered. It is an easy read and kept me smiling all the way through. Highly recommend

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