Today I am reviewing The Stories of My Life by James Patterson, published by Random House.
The official autobiography of James Patterson, where he tells the story of his life and his journey to becoming a world-renowned author who continues to captivate readers across the globe.
These are the stories of James Patterson’s life- the most anticipated memoir of 2022.
As a James Patterson fan, this book has been a long time in the making. One of the most prolific writers of our time, I have read all of his books and was even lucky to meet him when he came to Australia for a Q&A a few years ago.
Meeting him afterwards at the book signing, I had in my head some intelligent questions to ask him, but when it came to my turn, I blurted out ”Please don’t kill Nana Mama!” Readers of the Alex Cross series will be able to resonate with this. I was so embarrassed and wanted to hide but he was very gracious and laughed.
In this memoir, Patterson gives the reader an inside look into a interesting and fascinating life. In no order we are told through wonderful storytelling from his childhood, to altar boy, to gaining a scholarship to Vanderbilt, to working in a mental institution, to a CEO at an advertising agency before becoming a full time author. WOW! He has done it all.
What I found most interesting was he never liked reading as a kid especially as he is such a big advocate for it now. There is nothing wrong with that in the least, but it’s rare when reading a memoir from an author that reading wasn’t in their blood from a child. I enjoyed reading about the process of his collaborations with other authors, for which he has copped a lot of unwarranted criticism (unwarranted in my opinion)
All round I found Patterson’s memoir a very entertaining and enjoyable read. Told through his signature short sharp chapters, if you a fan of his work,I highly recommend you reading this especially the audiobook which is narrated by the man himself.
Thank you to James Patterson, Random House and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Stories of My Life, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.