James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author best known for the Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and Ali Cross series along with such acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction as “Walk in My Combat Boots,” “E.R. Nurses,” and his autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson.” Bill Clinton (“The President Is Missing”) and Dolly Parton (“Run, Rose, Run”) are among his notable literary collaborators. For his prodigious imagination and championship of literacy in America, Patterson was awarded the 2019 National Humanities Medal. His new book “James Patterson by James Patterson” is the most anticipated memoir of the year and is available everywhere starting today. (amazon, 2022)
“James Patterson by James Patterson” – 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 people would 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.”
Did you know?
- 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 has 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.
These stories and more are in James Patterson’s new memoir.