Books by Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, and Wake Up, Sir!, and the essay collections What's Not to Love? and My Less Than Secret Life. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs. A new


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Inconsistent but filled with its share of Ames classics."
A grab bag of fact and fiction from Ames (The Alcoholic, 2008, etc.), shot through with his trademark self-loathing. Read full book review >
THE ALCOHOLIC by Jonathan Ames
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"Could be the most compelling and provocative work from either collaborator."
Rarely does a collaboration produce a graphic novel of such literary and artistic merit. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Jonathan Ames
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Rare flashes of wit and energy, mostly drowned out by a sea of self-indulgent ramblings."
Humorist Ames (Wake Up, Sir!, 2004, etc.) presents previously published essays detailing the various ways in which he's stumbled, failed, disappointed himself and others and, occasionally, triumphed. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, SIR! by Jonathan Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Pungent and hilarious, if completely off the deep end: Ames is like a perpetual undergraduate jokester, whom you either love or hate on first sight."
A demented picaresque about a Portnoy-ish neurotic (and his valet) who leaves the safety of Montclair, New Jersey, and heads for the untamed wilds. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Just once, Jonathan, let go and try writing with both fists."
Clever, self-involved performer and author Ames (What's Not to Love?, 2000, etc.) can't seem to let himself alone, mentally or physically, and he gleefully tells us all about it in this gathering of newspaper essays, journal entries, fiction, and miscellany. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Angstridden sex is funny, à la Philip Roth; tongueincheek memoirs are funny, à la David Sedaris. Ames can be their water-boy for now, and maybe he'll join their company when he lets his humor develop organically rather than throwing it into the reader's face."
A mildly perverted, mildly humorous compilation of Ames's New York Press columns into one chunky memoir of sexridden angst. Read full book review >
THE EXTRA MAN by Jonathan Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"It's just plain fun to watch these quasi-misfits fall for each other."
Ames follows I Pass Like Night (1989) with a gentle account of a burgeoning friendship between two likable oddballs. Read full book review >