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Jonathan Lethem Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gun, With Occasional Music (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amnesia Moon (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
As She Climbed Across the Table (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Girl in Landscape (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motherless Brooklyn (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ninety Percent of Everything (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Shape We're In (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fortress of Solitude (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Don't Love Me Yet (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chronic City (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dissident Gardens (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gambler's Anatomy / The Blot (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Feral Detective (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arrest (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Crime Novel (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Insipid Profession of Jonathan Hornebom (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Procedure in Plain Air (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vision (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blot: A Supplement (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Lucky Alan: And Other Stories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappointment Artist (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conversations with Jonathan Lethem (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ecstasy of Influence (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking Heads' Fear of Music (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collapsing Frontier (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of PM's Outspoken Authors Books

The Presidential Papers (By: John H. Kessel) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Human Front (By: Ken MacLeod) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underbelly (By: Gary Phillips,Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoths of the Great Plains (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (By: Michael Moorcock,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfing the Gnarl (By: Rudy Rucker) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (By: Eleanor Arnason,Paul Krassner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raising Hell (By: Norman Spinrad,Eleanor Arnason) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy (By: Carter Scholz) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (By: Joe R. Lansdale,Eleanor Arnason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire. (By: Elizabeth Hand,Eleanor Arnason) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist in the Attic (By: Samuel R. Delany,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beatrix Gates (By: Rachel Pollack) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talk Like a Man (By: Nisi Shawl) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Girl (By: Meg Elison) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planetbreaker’s Son (By: Nick Mamatas) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Utopias of the Third Kind (By: Vandana Singh) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Shift (By: Eileen Gunn) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collapsing Frontier (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Deep Focus Books

They Live (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Wish (By: Christopher Sorrentino) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sting (By: Sean Howe,MatthewSpecktor) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (By: Josh Wilker) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heathers (By: John Ross Bowie) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye: Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starlight 2(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 32: SFWA’s Choices for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vintage Book of Amnesia(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Rocks: The KGB Bar Fiction Anthology(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty Five Years of Star Wars(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
110 Stories(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writers(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Insomniac Reader(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Noir 2(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Essays 2005(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feeling Very Strange(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rewired(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Essays 2008(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance II(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half-Minute Horrors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret History of Science Fiction(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pen America: A Journal for Writers and Readers: 13 Lovers(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucified Dreams(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Super Stories of Heroes and Villains(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
McSweeney's #44(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beastie Boys Book(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fight of the Century(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Writer's Library(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

The well known and equally well regarded American novelist Jonathan Lethem has been writing for a number of years now, with his work being viewed worldwide as being at the forefront of its genre, as he’s one of the leading figure within his specific field. Not only does he write novels, he is also held in high esteem for his short stories, as well as his essays, with him truly being a master of his craft and an expert in the industry. Focusing on the detective and science-fiction genres, he’s combined elements of them both, creating his own unique and interesting take on the medium and one that many have attempted to replicate since to varying degrees of success.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 19th of February, 1964, Jonathan Lethem was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, in the United States of America. Growing up as the oldest of three siblings, his mother was a political activist, whilst his father was an avant-garde painter. Obsessed with science-fiction from an early age, along with the works of Bob Dylan, he would use this interest to shape his career and his future writings.

With an initial interest in art, he aimed to become like his father, as he attended the High School of Music and Art in New York. Over time his bright and colorful visual style, which lent itself well to animation, started to shift, as he began to move towards writing. In 1982 he went on to Vermont, whereby he attended Bennington College and, following this, went on to hitch-hike from Denver in Colorado to Berkeley in California, back in 1984.

This all lead up to him going on to live in California for over twelve years, during which time he worked in a number of book-stores. Working as a store clerk he’d continue on his path to becoming a writer full-time, with his unique ‘genre bending’ take on the format. It was in 1989 that he finally published his own short-story, followed by a number of other books in the early nineties.

Marrying Shelley Jackson, the artist and writer, in 1987, he lived with her until they divorced ten years later in 1997. Living with the film executive Julia Rosenberg after marrying her in 2000, he would divorce her two years later. Then, in 2007, he married his third wife Amy Barrett, a film-maker, as they had they had their son Everett Barrett Lethem on the 23rd of March of that same year, both of whom he lives with to this day.

Writing Career

It was in 1994 that Jonathan Lethem came out with his first novel ‘Gun, with Occasional Music’, a hard-boiled science-fiction detective story. Utilizing themes and ideas that would return to him throughout his career, it features more surrealistic elements to convey major ideas on technology and progress. It would also help to establish his name within the science-fiction community as one to most definitely watch.

This was soon followed up by the novel ‘Amnesia Moon’ in 1995, and later ‘The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye’ in 1996. Whilst he doesn’t have any full series of franchises, he’s been a concise and consistent writer of science-fiction over the years. Not just writing novels, he’s also published collections of short-stories and other assorted writings throughout the course of his career as well.

Winning awards during his career as well, he’s been given the MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, gaining him a high degree of prestige. Along with his critical acclaim, he’s also received a high level of commercial success as well, as he got onto the ‘New York Times Bestseller List’ too. He was also given the ‘National Book Critics Circle-Award’ too, for his popular 1999 novel ‘Motherless Brooklyn’.

Politically active as well, he has also taken part in ‘Occupy Wall Street’, whereby he gave readings at the event. He’s also written a number of articles and essays, along with being involved in Marvel comics too, branching out over a whole variety of different mediums. This activism and political consciousness has weighed heavily on his work, giving his material a sense of immediacy it otherwise wouldn’t have had.

With him continuing as a strong presence in the industry, he maintains his output on a regular and consistent basis. Not only that, but he also has film adaptations of his work as well, along with a number of non-fiction works from him as well. As he carries on into the foreseeable future, it appears that he’s not stopping any time soon, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Gun, with Occasional Music

Initially published in 1994 in March, this was to be the first book from Jonathan Lethem as an author. Setting up his forthcoming career and establishing his name as a writer, it worked at introducing him to the general public. Containing a lot of his early ideas and themes, many of which he’d develop throughout his later work, it’s ideal for anyone looking to learn more on the writer.

Conrad Metcalf is a detective in the future whereby animals have evolved alongside humans to fully fledged members of society. Set in Oakland, he’s got a gun toting kangaroo hot on his tail and a rabbit client sat in his waiting room. Now, with a new case in the works, he’s currently shadowing Celeste, the wife of a soon to be deceased doctor. Will he find the killer? Can he uncover the truth? What will become of the gun, with occasional music?

Motherless Brooklyn

First published in 1999, this book came out through the Vintage publishing label, being another stand-alone from the author. A few books into his writing career now, it shows Jonathan Lethem as a far more developed and confident writer, echoing a lot of his core ideas and principles once again. Ideal for any reader looking to get into his work, it offers not only an insight into the writer, but it also provides a clear and articulate view of his mindset.

Seen as a human freak-show of sorts, mostly by his own volition, though, Lionel Essrog is a Brooklyn orphan with Tourettic impulses. This then leads him to tear the English language apart in wildly different and inventive ways, as he barks, grunts and growls. Not only that, but he’s also working for the mob too, with Frank Molina as his small time mobster boss, who also runs a limo service along with a detective agency. Will he be able to deal with the fallout after Frank is stabbed, though? Can he handle the case following the arrest of his colleague? What will become of him once he heads into a motherless Brooklyn?

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