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James Patterson by James Patterson : the stories of my life / James Patterson.

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  • ISBN: 9780316397537
  • ISBN: 0316397539
  • Physical Description: 360 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2022.

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"How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become one of the most successful storytellers in the world? - James nearly died early on the morning he was born. - His grandmother told him something that's been his motto for his entire writing career - 'Hungry dogs run faster'. - When James worked at a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, he met the singer James Taylor. And the poet Robert Lowell. - James's first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was turned down by thirty-one publishers. It then won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first mystery. - While he toiled in advertising hell, James wrote the ad jingle line 'I'm a Toys 'R' Us Kid'. - As a young writer, James once watched James Baldwin and Norman Mailer square off to trade punches at a literary party. - He has played golf with three American presidents - and has had nine holes in one. - Dolly Parton once sang Happy Birthday to James over the phone. She calls him J.J., for Jimmy James. - He wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and re-read so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart, pages scattering in the wind. James says, 'I'm still working on that one'. So how did he wind up writing, and reading, so many books? This is a mystery story." -- Amazon.com.
Subject: Patterson, James, 1947-
Authors, American > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Town of Hanover Libraries.

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Howe Library B PATTERSON 31254003791007 New books - Main floor Checked out 08/27/2022

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"This is a book of true stories the way I remember them. I'm sure I'll get a few things wrong," suggests the mega-bestselling novelist in this blithe blend of personal asides, fan trivia, and hot takes. The dozens of sections skim the major stages of Patterson's life, including his childhood in Newburgh, N.Y., his early love of reading, his aspirations to become a writer, his time in the advertising industry (where he claims to have coined the slogan "I'm a Toys 'R' Us Kid"), and his astonishing commercial success as a novelist. As Patterson makes crystal clear, readers in search of a straightforward and detailed autobiography won't find it here ("Robert Caro or Walter Isaacson, I'm not")--but they'll get the lowdown on his first kiss (name, Veronica Tabasco), insights into his craft, and colorful accounts of the many celebrities he's crossed paths with, among them Hugh Jackman and Charlize Theron, both of whom "look amazing in real life. Also, they don't seem full of themselves." Occasionally, Patterson's jocular style feels at odds with his material, as when he glibly weighs in on the U.S.'s systemic problems: "It isn't white, Black, or brown... it's jerks." Still, this uncut look into the famed author's mind is sure to intrigue his many fans--and critics.(June)

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One of the bestselling authors of all time celebrates his life and career. Publishing juggernaut Patterson offers an upbeat, lighthearted view of his happy and productive life to answer two important questions: "How did a shy, introspective kid from a struggling upstate New York river town who didn't have a lot of guidance or role models go on to become, at thirty-eight, CEO of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson North America? How did this same person become the bestselling writer in the world?" In short, punchy chapters, the author sketches his childhood in Newburgh, New York, where he went to Catholic schools, took piano lessons from an elderly nun, played sports, and eagerly accompanied his grandfather on early-hour runs delivering frozen foods and ice cream. After graduating from Manhattan College, Patterson got a full fellowship to a doctoral program at Vanderbilt but left after a year for two reasons: Staying would have thrown him back into the Vietnam draft lottery, and he didn't see his future in academia. From an entry-level job as a copywriter at Thompson New York, Patterson rose to become creative director and, by the late 1980s, CEO. He fashions sprightly anecdotes of his work among the mad men of the advertising world. At the same time, he was writing at least two bestselling novels per year. In 1996, he quit to write full time. Patterson's prolific output includes several mystery series, children's books, romance novels, and nonfiction, sometimes co-authored: Dolly Parton ("down-to-earth, genuine, thoughtful, smart as a whip, funny, and self-deprecating") and Bill Clinton are among his collaborators. Along the way, he's met scores of famous people whose names drop like ripe apples: Tom Cruise, Warren Beatty, Idris Elba, George and Barbara Bush, and Clint Eastwood, among others. He and his wife have become literacy advocates, donating books and money to schools and libraries. A list of beloved titles appends the memoir. A brisk, entertaining read. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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In Patterson's own words, this is an "ego-biography," a collection of stories about his life. He talks about his time working in a psychiatric hospital (where his desire to write was born); his career in advertising; his relationship with Hollywood (he doesn't like any of the movies based on his books); his love of writing nonfiction and books for younger readers; the pain of finding out that his sixth-grade crush had died in her early twenties; and much more. His writing style, as in his novels, is conversational, a string of short chapters. Taken together, they paint a picture of the man behind the bestsellers. Along the way, we learn that he outlines rigorously and can barely read his own handwriting; also that Alex Cross, Patterson's most famous character, started out as Alexis. He also discusses the process he uses when working with his many coauthors (yes, he knows he gets a lot of flack for using cowriters, and, no, he doesn't care). Readers will emerge knowing a lot more about Patterson than they did before, and that seems to be what an ego-biography is all about.

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In Also a Poet, New York Times best-selling author Calhoun blends literary history and memoir, examining her relationship with her father, art critic and poet Peter Schjeldahl, and their shared passion for Frank O'Hara's work as she draws on taped interviews he conducted for a never-completed biography of O'Hara. In Somewhere We Are Human, distinguished writers/activists Grande and Guiñansaca compile 44 essays, poems, and artworks by migrants, refugees, and Dreamers that help clarify the lives of those who are undocumented. Featuring a selection of letters exchanged by Ernest Hemingway and his son Patrick over two decades, Dear Papa was edited by Patrick Hemingway's nephew Brendan Hemingway and his grandson Stephen Adams (40,000-copy first printing). Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Horn's Voice of the Fish uses fish, water, and mythic imagery to illuminate the trans experience, with travels through Russia and a devastating injury the author suffered as backdrop. Former deputy editor of The New Yorker and former editor of the New York Times Book Review, McGrath looks back on childhood summers as both joyous memory and obvious idealization in The Summer Friend, also considering a close friendship with someone from a very different background. Starting out with his nearly dying on the day he was born, the world's best-selling novelist has some amazing stories to tell in James Patterson by James Patterson (250,000-copy first printing). Having probed the lives of Mary Shelley and Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's wife and daughter, acclaimed biographer Seymour takes on Jean Rhys, the celebrated author of Wide Sargasso Sea in I Used to Live Here Once.


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