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Dan Barry: Author and Columnitst for The New York Times

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Recent Work

A Pitch Is Framed by Diplomacy in Cuba Nov. 29, 2015 - An American group wants to have a major league team's minor league affiliate based in Havana, but its first mission is to build good will. Full Story

A Kenyan Runner Maps His Way Home Nov. 7, 2015 - Kelvin Serem comes from a family of subsistence farmers in Kenya, but he won a scholarship to a private school in New Jersey in 2011 and now attends Lafayette College as a student-athlete, all while supporting a school he helped have built in his... Full Story

During the World Series, Politics Makes Strange Bet Fellows Oct 31, 2015 - Representatives, senators, governors and mayors are lining up to make friendly but bizarre wagers with one another as the Mets face the Royals. Full Story

It's Chicago vs. New York, With a Nod to Fred Merkle Oct 18, 2015 - The last time New York and Chicago baseball teams met with a trip to the World Series on the line was in 1908, a result of Merkle’s infamous running mistake. Full Story

The Tower That Enchanted Yeats Oct 4, 2015 - Local residents have restored Thoor Ballylee, which now offers the inspiration of this poet’s faint presence to readings and musical events. Full Story

On a Trip to Fenway, Only the Game Was Meaningless Oct 4, 2015 - Two old friends. A recent diagnosis of A.L.S. For now, though, there is baseball. Full Story

Pull Me Up: A Memoir

NOTABLE REVIEWS

New York Times

May 12, 2004 - Review by Wendy Wasserstein. "...In the flat world of parking lots, tract homes, yellow school buses and Little League, Mr. Barry has managed to find the richness of heart of a now oddly distant America." Full Review

New York Times

May 16, 2004 - Review by Phillip Lopate. "I hope we can always celebrate a writer who, trying to make intelligent sense of life's confusions, gives us a memoir that is witty, self-aware and peopled with strong characters. That's the case with Pull Me Up, by Dan Barry." Full Review

New York Newsday

May 16, 2004 - Review by John Anderson. "A poetic personal memoir, a kind of "portrait of the journalist as a young man," it's full of eloquently restored memories and often rueful reminiscences about an Irish-inflected Long Island boyhood, the venial barbarity of an all-boys Catholic education, the emergence of a journalistic talent and a victorious bout with cancer..."

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jun. 27, 2004 - Review by William C. Gibson. "We humans love to tell stories, and we tell them for all sorts of reasons -- to instruct, to entertain, but mostly to help us make sense of the world around us. While all peoples have storytelling traditions, the Irish are, arguably, the best storytellers. In his new memoir, Pull Me Up, New York Times reporter and columnist Dan Barry shows that he is a worthy bearer of that heritage..."

BOOKS

Pull Me Up: A Memoir

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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 13, 2005
ISBN: 9780393049602
ISBN10: 0393049604
Pages: 325 pages

Barry family

The Barrys of Deer Park, posing on their one-third-of-an-acre piece of Long Island.

Out in front of Church

First Holy Communion preening in front of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, 1966.

Having carved out a niche for himself with a regular column in The New York Times, Barry now trains his keen eye on his own story in Pull Me Up. The eldest of four children, he recounts his amusingly idiosyncratic childhood in a slightly off-kilter Irish-American clan of Deer Park, Long Island, including a father who believes in UFOs and a mother whose collection of seashells and garden statuary threatens to overtake the very refuge it guards.

But Barry's youth gives way to a young adulthood when his career as a reporter begins to accelerate while his parents face financial setbacks and deteriorating health. Barry paints a tender but troubling portrait of his forbears. His mother faces lung cancer with quiet stoicism, nursing a beer and countless cigarettes by the blue light of the television. His father screams in agony from the bedroom upstairs, begging to be rid of the pain caused by the untreatable migraines he has endured for nearly 20 years.

But despite the obvious suffering -- including his own bout with cancer inhs early 40's-- Pull Me Up is not a memoir of overwhelming heartbreak. Instead, Dan Barry delivers a story of poignant beauty and wry humor from the details of his suburban American family's life, in true reportorial fashion.