In 13 chapters Paul Mullin mixes up a potent cocktail of working, drinking, family and Zen.
It all starts - where else? - at the Starting Gate: a shit-kicker country bar in Northern Maryland where the author first started working at the age of 13, and where his boss once shot a man dead for trying to rob the local drug store. Other jobs follow, like when he works as the only white kid on an all-black labor crew at the National Archives, or the years he spends as a high-rise window cleaner in Manhattan.
An essential primer for anyone interested in Zen and/or cocktails, or for anyone who enjoys a good story as if told from the next barstool over.
©2015 Paul Mullin (P)2016 Paul Mullin
I really liked this book. I am female, and while I was listening to the book, I kept thinking what a great listen it would be for some men. Mullins has some amusing stories to tell. As long as the man in your life doesn't mind a little cussing and likes to drink, I think it would make a great gift.
I liked how it kept my attention. He's got some good stories to tell.
Mullin did a great job reading it. As I've gotten a bit older (50s), I have come to enjoy listening to audible books, because my eyes don't lend themselves well to long reading periods. He's quite a good narrator, which I would expect, since he endeavored to have an acting career at one point. I always like when authors read their own works, although sometimes it doesn't always work as well as it did here.
I like his nostalgic bent and the feelings that evokes when I'm in the mood for it.
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