News Flash

Book Carousel

Posted on: June 12, 2022

James Patterson by James Patterson: the stories of my life

James Patterson stories of my life

"Damn near addictive. I loved it . . . that Patterson guy can write!" -Ron Howard

"I felt I was interviewing James Patterson under the highest permissible does of sodium pentothal, the truth serum, for hours--and he spilled the whole story of his truly astonishing life."--Bob Woodward

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.
  • His dad grew up in the Pogey- the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse.
  • 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. 

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." 

Go to Catalog
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Book Carousel

A Mirror Mended

A Mirror Mended

Posted on: June 12, 2022
Escape

Escape

Posted on: June 12, 2022
Horse

Horse

Posted on: June 12, 2022
Make this Tonight

Make This Tonight

Posted on: June 12, 2022
rogues

Rogues

Posted on: June 12, 2022
still alright

Still Alright

Posted on: June 12, 2022
Suspects

Suspects

Posted on: June 12, 2022
the friendship pact

The Friendship Pact

Posted on: June 12, 2022
The Hotel Nantucket

The Hotel Nantucket

Posted on: June 12, 2022
The Omega Factor

The Omega Factor

Posted on: June 12, 2022
the Second Husband

The Second Husband

Posted on: June 12, 2022
The Woman in the Library

The Woman in the Library

Posted on: June 12, 2022
We were Dreamers

We Were Dreamers

Posted on: June 12, 2022
zero hour

Zero Hour

Posted on: June 12, 2022