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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Lamott Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9781598872910
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Joe Jones is Anne Lamott’s raucous novel of lives gathered around Jessie’s Café, “the sort of broken-down waterfront dive one might expect to find in Steinbeck.” Jessie, “thin, stooped and gorgeous at seventy-nine,” inherited the café years before and it has become home to a remarkable family of characters: Louise, the cook and vortex, Joe, devoted and unfaithful; Willie, Jessies gay grandson; Georgia, an empress dowager who never speaks; and a dozen others all living together in the sweet everyday.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/19/2014

    " I liked this book. I need more than 5 stars. It's not as good as some other books that I've given 4 to, but it's still a worthwhile read, and well written book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 2/11/2014

    " Interested in more of Lamott's work. This book was a bit too whimsical and predictable for my tastes. Great snapshot of the Bay Area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 2/9/2014

    " I'm an Anne Lamott fan- from her funky hair dreads to her hip writing style. She meanders her way through everyday lives of some pretty strange people- most of whom I liked. I was glad it didn't end with Louise taking back Joe the philandering Jerk- boy does this guy have issue or what?? I'll definately pick up another Lamott (wish she made the 1001 books to read before you die list. I hate to wander of my list but I need to once in awhile!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 1/28/2014

    " I really came to care about the characters who hang out at jessie's cafe. Lamott's beautiful use of language only enhances this read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie Barnard | 1/17/2014

    " This was very hard for me to get through - very disjointed and the characters were very strange. If I wasn't the kind who has to finish a book once I start I would have put it down but I have to finish what I start sooooo...would not recommend tho "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/13/2014

    " The maturing author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/15/2013

    " Not bad, but kind of disappointing. Sounded like it could be so charming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kay | 12/10/2013

    " My favorite Lamott novel - the characters are made perfect by their flaws. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie | 12/6/2013

    " my idea of a "beach read"...about a likeable group of friends in a small town cafe. Prefer Anne Lamott's non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Anderson | 11/17/2013

    " I just remember loving her characters. They were tangible and lovable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 11/14/2013

    " I usually love Anne Lamott's writing and I so wanted to love this book. But somehow, I just couldn't get into it. I'll probably give it another try in 6 months or more (it could've just been the timing). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/7/2013

    " didn't finish it. It did not hold my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 3/18/2013

    " Just couldn't finish it. Sad to say. Love her nonfiction, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/12/2012

    " If you liked Bird By Bird, you won't like this very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 10/6/2012

    " Needed a book to listen to. Almost gave up on this one several times, but hung in because Lamott has been recommended to me by a friend whose reading tastes I respect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/17/2012

    " While the plot wasn't the most exciting, I was really let into the lives of the diner groupies. (I guess that was sortof the point...) A little depressing, but genuine and true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 5/3/2012

    " This tome is to prove that Anne Lamott is only human, not her best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 4/3/2012

    " A novel about loneliness and community "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellyann | 3/16/2012

    " Not my favorite Anne Lamott. Whereas my father-in-law thought it got much better after a slow start, I loved the first half and slogged through the second. Maybe someone else will find it the perfect book? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 2/2/2012

    " My least favorite of all of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/5/2012

    " Easy to listen to as an audiobook. It has a variety of quirky characters and touches on different life and death philosophies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 10/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Extremely light reading. Made me smile and often laugh out loud. Fun reading a book that has a setting that you know well- the Bay Area. Just a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 9/2/2011

    " I'm sure many of you are familiar with Anne Lamott's work in Traveling Mercies and others. I live her novels too, mostly written back in the 80s. This one is a fun read as are her series of "Rosie" novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy Seles Shelton | 6/17/2011

    " Couldn't get through it.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 6/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Extremely light reading. Made me smile and often laugh out loud. Fun reading a book that has a setting that you know well- the Bay Area. Just a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 5/3/2011

    " My least favorite of all of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 4/4/2011

    " This was very hard for me to get through - very disjointed and the characters were very strange. If I wasn't the kind who has to finish a book once I start I would have put it down but I have to finish what I start sooooo...would not recommend tho "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dvv | 3/25/2011

    " Quirky characters, and somehow I could not pin point the locale or anyone's heritage...my imagination placed them in a much less populated area, like an island. The title too influenced my perception of who these people were. Was occasionally moved by the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/22/2011

    " It was OK, I love a good ending, but this was rather sad.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2011

    " If you liked Bird By Bird, you won't like this very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristan | 12/31/2010

    " Not my favorite bookby Anne Lamott "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/8/2010

    " A novel about loneliness and community "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 7/14/2010

    " Not my favorite Anne Lamott book. The overall story way well written as all of Lamott's books are, but it was rather a "slice of life" than anything with a plot to it. It was a story of family, love and taking care those one loves - and that's always good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/20/2010

    " I feel like I got to understand one perspective on Marin County, CA, as it morphed into the 1960s. I admire Lamott's ability to completely take on the her main character's state of mind in a way that feels very real to me. The relationship in limbo she depicts is right on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shareen | 4/16/2010

    " A good novel - read the synopsis for more information. Anne Lamott is a wonderful author. You won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/14/2010

    " Not bad, but kind of disappointing. Sounded like it could be so charming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 3/26/2010

    " I usually love Anne Lamott's writing and I so wanted to love this book. But somehow, I just couldn't get into it. I'll probably give it another try in 6 months or more (it could've just been the timing). "

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About the Author
Author Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, among others. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.