What's Not to Love?
The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer
By Jonathan Ames
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726491, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 7, 2001
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Perhaps all of Jonathan Ames’ problems–and the genesis of this hilarious book–can be traced back to the late onset of his puberty. After all it can’t be easy to be sixteen with a hairless “undistinguishable from that of a five year old’s.”
This wonderfully entertaining memoir is a touching and humorous look at life in New York City. But this is life for an author who can proclaim “my first sexual experience was rather old-fashioned: it was with a prostitute”–an author who can talk about his desire to be a model for the Hair Club for Men and about meeting his son for the first time.
Often insightful, sometimes tender, always witty and self-deprecating, What’s Not to Love? is an engaging memoir from one of our most funny, most daring writers.
Jonathan Ames lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Hilarious…. Jonathan Ames has… an unusual ability to take crack-smoking, balding and Oedipal fixation and whip them up into an elegant, comic meringue.”–The New York Times Book Review
“Ludicrously funny… disconcerting and refreshingly frank.”–The Denver Post
“A mixture of unbridled libido and hopeless romanticism…. [It] soar[s] with Ames’ original wit and generous spirit.”–Entertainment Weekly
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