Books by Ian Frazier

Contributing Editor Ian Frazier's books including On the Rez, Great Plains, Coyote v. Acme, and most recently, Fish's Eye. The former New Yorker staff writer grew up in Ohio and in 1977 graduated from Harvard, where he wrote for the Lampoon. Frazier's wor


Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"There have been many great satires of the domestic world (Fay Weldon comes to mind), but Frazier's Cursing Mommy seems trapped within her own joke."
Nonfiction writer Frazier (Travels in Siberia, 2010, etc.) delivers his first novel, an uneven comedy of domestic disasters. Read full book review >
TRAVELS IN SIBERIA by Ian Frazier
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A dense, challenging, dazzling work that will leave readers exhausted but yearning for more."
The peripatetic author of Great Plains (1989) and On the Rez (2000) returns with an energetic, illuminating account of his several trips to Siberia, where his ferocious curiosity roamed the vast, enigmatic area. Read full book review >
LAMENTATIONS OF THE FATHER by Ian Frazier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Highly entertaining."
Another hilarious collection from essayist/humorist Frazier (Gone to New York: Adventures in the City, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
GONE TO NEW YORK by Ian Frazier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"A vivid collection of essays expertly blending reporting, history, humor and one man's abiding affection for a city's quirks. "
Generous slices of New York wry, from humorist/essayist Frazier (The Fish's Eye, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FISH’S EYE by Ian Frazier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A must for literary fishing enthusiasts; a pleasant diversion for the rest of us."
Much-praised nonfiction author Frazier (On the Rez, 2000, etc.) gathers together 20 years of musings on fishing in one slim but entertaining volume. Read full book review >
ON THE REZ by Ian Frazier
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

Humorist and chronicler Frazier (Coyote v. Read full book review >

IT HAPPENED LIKE THIS by Daniil Kharms
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Ten absurdist poems and very short stories, written by Kharms (1905_1942) in Russia. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1997 by Ian Frazier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

The latest sampling of choice nonfiction from America's literary journals and magazines, in a series that is a perennial success. In his introduction, this year's editor, humorist Frazier (Acme v. Read full book review >

COYOTE V. ACME by Ian Frazier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

Fresh from a memoir cum family history (Family, 1994), the author returns to the antic form with which he first made his name. Read full book review >

FAMILY by Ian Frazier
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 28, 1994

The grand sweep of American history is writ small in this family history/memoir by humorist Frazier (Great Plains, 1989, etc.). Frazier undertook this effort after his parents died in the late 1980s, to ``find a meaning that would defeat death.'' But his project seems more complicated and self-conscious, if not pretentious: an attempt to somehow reclaim American history for himself, a white Protestant. Read full book review >


In 1982, New Yorker essayist Frazier (Dating Your Mom, 1985; Nobody Better, Better than Nobody, 1987) moved to Montana, exploring the nearby Great Plains during subsequent summers. Read full book review >