Books by Tom Bissell

Tom Bissell is the author of Chasing the Sea (available in paperback from Vintage Books) and contributes to Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, and other publications. He lives in New York.


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An improbably resonant tale of warped creativity and friendship."
Funny, engaging first-person account of the making of The Room (2003), "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." Read full book review >
MAGIC HOURS by Tom Bissell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"Stellar cultural writing—Bissell has the knowledge and wit to earn his provocations."
A whip-smart, occasionally pugnacious collection of essays on culture from a wide-ranging critic. Read full book review >
EXTRA LIVES by Tom Bissell
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 8, 2010

"More a collection of profiles and game reviews than a focused thesis, this little book never answers the question implicit in its subtitle—best appreciated by serious game junkies."
Harper's contributor Bissell (Fiction Writing/Portland State Univ.; The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam, 2007, etc.) considers the importance of video games. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 6, 2007

"Big-picture politics take second place to the achingly personal in Bissell's heartfelt book."
A penetrating look back at the Vietnam conflict, with Bissell (Chasing the Sea, 2003, etc.) alternately guiding and following his veteran father. Read full book review >
GOD LIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tom Bissell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"Graham and Ernest move over, you've got company."
Bissell follows a nonfiction account of his travels in Central Asia (Chasing the Sea, 2003) with this slim but rigorous debut collection of six darkly passionate stories about Americans who have chosen to visit or live in that most difficult part of the world. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"First-rate in every regard: to be put alongside such classics on the region as Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand and The Road to Oxiana."
A literate, elegiac account of travels in the outback of Uzbekistan, tracing the origins and consequences of one of the world's most devastating ecological disasters. Read full book review >