“It's quite a life, Patterson's, and this fizzing, funny, often deeply moving memoir is a perfect way to understand the dizzying world of a best-selling writer." —Daily Mail
“Damn near addictive. I loved it . . . that Patterson guy can write!” –Ron Howard
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world? On the morning he was born, he nearly died. His dad grew up in the Pogey– the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse. He worked at a mental hospital in Massachusetts, where he met the singer James Taylor and the poet Robert Lowell. While he toiled in advertising hell, James wrote the ad jingle line “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.” He once watched James Baldwin and Norman Mailer square off to trade punches at a party. He’s only been in love twice. Both times are amazing. Dolly Parton once sang “Happy Birthday” to James over the phone. She calls him J.J., for Jimmy James. How did a boy from small-town New York become the world’s most successful writer? How does he do it? He has always wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and reread so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart. As he says, “I’m still working on that one.”
James Patterson by James Patterson is the most anticipated memoir of 2022.
"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.
I felt like a was sitting in the room with him…
I feel like I have a new old friend! My favorite line from the book is “If she ever leaves me, I am going with her.” I loved the fact, that just when he was naming all the people he knows that have influenced his life (usually the last chapter of a book) he gave me more! Patterson is so right about getting the literacy levels up IS how we can save our future!
James Patterson by James Paterson
Huge fan of James Patterson and his books. This book just made me happy!