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    First let me say that I'm nosy by nature, I love nothing more than a glimpse into someone else's life and for that reason I always love to get my hands on a good biography or memoir. Sure the celebs may have the glamorous stories, but give me the tales of the everyman (or woman) any day. Barflies is exactly what it says on the cover, a bartender's memoir, and reading it was like sitting with a friend over your drink of choice and chit chatting about how your week in work was going. There were moments to shock, moments to amuse and even the odd poignant moment. Based on the author's experiences at two very different types of bar, the book details the often strange characters she met along the way and the lessons she learned about life and about herself. Some of the anecdotes had a universal resonance that really appealed to me, stories like Tiny Bite of a Broken Heart will touch anyone who has experienced unrequited love ( or lust), while the story of how a former Prom King is very publicly dethroned will have many readers chuckling. One of my favourite things about the book was how the author illustrated the dangers of preconception when it comes to judging people at first sight, be it biker Rosie or corrupt bartender Mr. Cleancut with his perfect military bearing. I also liked how she is brutally frank in her accounts, never shying away from or excusing her actions when they show her in a less than flattering light. That honesty really made me enjoy the book even more. The stories are short, without a word wasted, making this the perfect book to dip into when you have a few minutes to spare. I also really liked the inclusion of a suggested playlist , it is a nice touch and really fits in with the feel of the book as a whole. While it might be easy to sum up this book as a fun, quick read, I will say that it is clear that the author has given her experiences and the lessons she learned along the way a lot of thought and she shares that wisdom with us in lines like : " There are different kinds of lonely, the sexual kind, the heart kind, but the cure for loneliness of the mind is the most elusive" Witty, wonderful and well written, Barflies is a book I am happy to recommend.
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