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"Once you're in the professional game, constantly moving toward that next goal, how do you suddenly call a time-out and not get benched altogether?" Such was the question Bounds, a Wall Street Journal columnist, asked of herself before September 11th. But it's a question that's actually put to the test in her affecting memoir.
Bounds had been living near the World Trade Center when the planes hit and was forced to flee her home, her partner in tow. When they learned that their apartment would be uninhabitable for quite a while, the kindness of strangers led them to Garrison, New York, a tiny town 50 miles north of the city. But it is Guinan's, a rundown country store cum Irish pub, that soon becomes home.
Owned and operated by the eponymous Jim Guinan, Guinan's is the quintessential place where everybody knows your name, and a host of regulars show up each day for a beer and good conversation. And though Bounds had been covering the glamorous fashion beat for the Journal, Guinan's tugs at the strings of her heart, reminding her of the life she abandoned for the lure and promise of New York.
Which life will she choose? Readers will devour this charming book to find the answer, and when they do, they'll want to visit -- even if just in their imaginations -- this life-affirming place that is slipping away for good. (Fall 2005 Selection)