Search Results: "Jonathan Ames"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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All About the Greater Good by Teri Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2016

"A well-paced, compelling story of minor events and ordinary lives spiraling out of control."
In her debut novel, Ames presents an account of the ordeal faced by a mother accused of assault and child endangerment. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO LOCKJAW by Greg Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"A novel about hard choices and doing the right thing that is modest, moving and true."
In this beautifully observed debut, a son wrestles with the possibility of assisted suicide for his mother, stricken with Alzheimer's. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"A penetrating, street-level view of an infinitely depressing and growing problem."
Smack in the middle of the contentious immigration debate comes this angry indictment of the U.S. government's inability to protect us from criminal aliens already within our border. Read full book review >

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HOMEWARD BOUND by Peter Ames Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An absorbing and layered study of 'one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.'"
A biography of the singer/songwriter who helped define the cultural landscape of the 1960s as half of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel and who later achieved massive success as a solo artist. Read full book review >