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James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life (edició 2022)

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Biography & Autobiography. Business. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:"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.
  • Growing up, he didn't love to read. That changed.
  • 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.
  • Three American presidents have invited him to golf with them.
  • 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."
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    Títol:James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life
    Autors:James Patterson (Autor)
    Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2022), 368 pages
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    A wonderful read. In the format of a collection of anecdotes. Positive, interesting, meaningful, and funny and serious.
    — Rebecca ( )
      pandr65 | Jan 18, 2024 |
    Two things I really love about James Patterson's books are:
    1) Short chapters!
    2) His down-to-earth writing style.

    This book is no different, it had both these things. Though I do think "Anecdotes from My Life" might have been a better title, as it's kind of stories from throughout his life as opposed to a real autobiography.

    I was under the impression that most writers are introverts, but that doesn't seem to be the case. He knows a LOT of people (as proven by all the name dropping), and he's very chill about all the famous people he's met, and even collaborated with.

    Overall an entertaining read, and gives you a bit of an insight into James Patterson's personality as well. ( )
      filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
    I bought this and read it as part of my current fixation on memoirs, but to date I have never read anything that James Patterson has written. Mysteries do nothing for me, but there is also some non-fiction that I will have to pursue. Interesting series of stories, a bit of name dropping but apparently well earned. I like the writing style - simple and to the point, rapid fire short chapters, perfect for this journey. ( )
      Cantsaywhy | Jun 8, 2023 |
    Summary: The life of this storyteller in a series of stories, arranged roughly in chronological order.

    True confessions. This is the first James Patterson book I have read. I think I understand why he has sold so many books and is so popular. The guy can tell stories. In this case, he tells stories on himself, recounting his life in story after story. He’s hardly the first person to try to do this. You know the person you listen to for a while, and then look for an excuse, even nature’s call, to make a graceful exit. Not so with Patterson. Break out the Depends. I’m sticking around.

    We learn about the period he worked in a mental ward, the same one in which James Taylor wrote “Fire and Rain.” It was the place where he began reading and writing like crazy.

    He jumps back to his Catholic upbringing with stories of eating the unconsecrated communion host as an altar boy. He describes his first kiss from Veronica Tabasco, and later encountering her grave next to his grandfather’s. His dreams of being a star athlete when writing was nowhere on the radar. His college days ushering at the Fillmore East for some of the biggest rock acts of the time. His Woodstock experience. His grad school days at Vanderbilt, curtailed by the Vietnam war, although not because he served.

    Perhaps one of the biggest revelations was that Patterson made it big…I mean really big in advertising as a “mad man.” He created the Toys ‘R’ Us jingle for J. Walter Thompson, one of the big Madison Avenue agencies that he helped turn around. We learn about the financial advice he successfully followed when offered three lucrative packages to choose from.

    His encounter with Jimmy Breslin, who was cruel, taught him to be kind at book signings. He recounts his early efforts at trying to get published and how Francis Greenberger got him his first book contract, for which he won an Edgar and gave what was probably the shortest acceptance speech on record. He reveals his writing secret: outline, outline, outline. He also talks about all the co-authors he’s loved working with and how he works together with them.

    We learn of his two great loves. There was Jane, who he was with for seven years until cancer took her. And there is his wife Sue, who he met at the ad agency and to whom he’s been married since 1997.

    He’s golfed with three presidents. He thinks Trump the best golfer but he loved hanging around with Clinton. Perhaps that’s why they’ve written two books together. He even called him an [expletive deleted] when he missed a put. Who does that with a former president unless you have a special relationship? He wrote a book with Dolly Parton as well, who sang him happy birthday and called him J.J. He has nothing but good to say about her.

    He’s passionate about getting kids to read and even launched a series of books for kids. He is thrilled when someone says they became a reader because of his books. I loved his reading list toward the end of the book. I think I’ve read about half. Maybe after I’ve read some of his, we could talk books. Probably not, but I loved his taste in reading. He shares his passion for helping bookstore owners and staff, and how it warms his heart when he hears that one of his grants allowed one to go to the dentist.

    He tells a compelling story of the five balls we juggle in life, the four made of glass that can scratch or shatter, and the one made of rubber that bounces back, telling you which one you can afford to drop. He shares the time when he let one drop to be with a dying friend.

    There’s lots more where this came from. He not only helps us understand his take on the writing life, but his take on life and what it means to be a (mostly) decent human being who has never forgotten his roots and remained “a hungry dog.” If you’ve never read one of his books, this one might get you started and make you want to read a second, and a third…. We’ll see. ( )
      BobonBooks | Apr 25, 2023 |
    An interesting peek into the life of James Patterson through brief stories. Might have been a better read if it were in chronological order or otherwise organized by topic. Lots of name dropping which reminded me of the character Castle in the TV series. ( )
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    Biography & Autobiography. Business. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:"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. Growing up, he didn't love to read. That changed. 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. Three American presidents have invited him to golf with them.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 2

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