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The Clancys of Queens Audiobook

The Clancys of Queens: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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. This childhood triptych comes to life in The Clancys of Queens, an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir.

From scheming and gambling with her force-of-nature grandmother to brawling with 11-year-old girls on the concrete recess battle yard of MS 172 to hours lounging on Adirondack chairs beside 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.

But The Clancys of Queens is not merely an authentic coming-of-age tale or a rowdy barstool biography. Chock-full of characters who escape the popular imaginings of this city, it offers a bold portrait of real people, people whose stories are largely absent from our shelves. Most crucially, it captures - in inimitable prose - the rarely heard voices of New York's working-class women.

With a light touch but a hard hit, The Clancys of Queens blends savvy and wit to take us on an unforgettable strata-hopping adventure.

©2016 Tara Clancy (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The fierce voices of working class women are too often inaudible in our top-down social economy, but when Tara Clancy breaks through, she dazzles us with authenticity, hilarity, and insight. The relentless honesty of her book will capture your heart." (Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree)

"This memoir is blessed by a narrating voice of such vivid originality the reader cannot help but relish the life it details." (Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City)

"Tara Clancy is my new favorite bad ass. The Clancys of Queens is a hilarious love letter to my favorite city and to working class families everywhere." (Stephen Adly Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Between Riverside and Crazy)

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    I busted out laughing several times as I listened. I was anticipating this title and it did not let me down. I have heard the author read before, and it is especially enjoyable coming from the source.

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    What an entertaining view of a young woman's life. I didn't know what to expect, but the moment Tara began her story, I was hooked. Truly a gifted storyteller and oh that voice!

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    "Much love to my baby cousin Tara!"

    Amazing story telling, you are your father's daughter!! Miss you and love you!!! Congratulations, your big cousin Colleen Clancy!

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    "What a life! We should be so lucky"

    Tara's honesty and voice are a gift. She is a wonder but not a surprise since she's in Italian Clancy. Do not I repeat do not miss this book

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    With the author telling her story in her own voice, this book touched my soul and my heart. Very well written and read, a rare and delightful experience. Thank you for telling your story Tara Clancy

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    "Amazing and very enjoyable!!!!!"

    My normal reading/listening selection is more towards historical events or military events or people, but after hearing her talk about her book on NPR and seeing that she narrated it I had to try it. Really the most enjoyable book I have read in many years.

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    Tara Clancy is the real deal! Love her from the Moth, love this book!

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    Absolutely hilarious- the stories, her voice, I was transported. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough!

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