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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Tropper Narrator: Tom Cavanagh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780739311387
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Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father's had a stroke, so it's back to Bush Falls for the town's most famous pariah. His brother avoids him, his former classmates beat him up, and the members of the book club just hurl their copies of Bush Falls at his house. But with the help of some old friends, Joe discovers that coming home isn't all bad—and that maybe the best things in life are second chances. Download and start listening now!

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  • A beautifully crafted book of enormous heart, humility, wit, honesty, and vulnerability. You want to call your friends at 3:00 AM and read whole passages out loud. You want to press it into the hands of strangers. You cannot stop thinking about it because it has rearranged your very molecules. You know that kind of book? This is that kind of book. The Book of Joe is utterly magnificent. I wish I'd written it myself. Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors
  • "The Book of Joe is an elegiac, wickedly observant look at a small town and its secrets. In Jonathan Tropper's highly readable novel, the problem isn't that you can't go home again, it's that eventually you have to, whether you like it or not. Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Joe College
  • "A sweet, deft and sentimental coming-of-age-at-34 story. .... [Tropper's] humor keeps his tale buoyant. The Daily News (NY)
  • The Book of Joe will make you laugh and cry. Tropper has a very readable style, and Joe is a character you can connect with, warts and all. Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/7/2014

    " VERY enjoyable! I love Tropper's humor and his characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/29/2014

    " loved this book. The friendship between the 2 men was real and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suneeta | 1/29/2014

    " The story of a guy who doesn't get along with his family. He leaves town, doesn't go back and writes a tell all book about the people in his small home town. Then, his dad has a stroje and he has to go back. A very light, entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/17/2014

    " Joe leaves his small home town as soon as he's old enough and then writes an autobiographical book about his experiences which then gets turned into a movie. He doesn't return home until Dad gets sick. When he does, he has to deal with the town residents who didn't appreciate being slandered in his book. Very funny and enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wufusk | 1/15/2014

    " Easy to read and enjoyable - I especially liked the 80's pop culture references. There was at least one loose end that I kept waiting to find out how it would get tied up, and it was never mentioned again (Wayne's online purchases) - I assume that was an editing oversight. The story did pull me in and make me want to find out what was going to happen next, though, and it made me want to go back and listen to all my old Springsteen music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Roos | 1/12/2014

    " Since the overall theme is similar, you have to compare it to 'This is Where I Leave You' -- I think the latter was better, but this was still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CJ | 1/10/2014

    " Wonderful slice of life story about a successful author going home after 14 years. Very thoughtful prose. Cute and funny observations of life and people. Almost every chapter had a captivating opening sentance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RuthG | 1/7/2014

    " This book is a coming of age story about a 34 year old man who is still growing up at 34. I'm not a fan of coming of age stories and this one didn't change my mind. Once in awhile the characters made interesting observations and I enjoyed reading those, and the book is a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/10/2013

    " This is the third novel by Jonathan Tropper that I have read. So far I think I liked it best. He has a funny writing style and I liked the characters. An easy, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Lucas | 11/4/2013

    " I just finished this book last night and was sad that it ended. Tropper reminds me a little of John Irving. His characters are fallible and sometimes exasperating and real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Killen | 10/31/2013

    " Vulgarities hang from the neck of this well-written book, dragging it into the depths of mediocrity. The book provoked so many thoughts, yet I would never recommend it to anyone because of the obscenities contained within. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleen | 10/28/2013

    " The book of Joe is the story of Joe Goffman, an author who writes a book that thinly veils the residents of his hometown. He never expects to be back, but circumstances have led him home. I found this book to be funny and poignant. It was recommended by Books on the Nightstand. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kt Thames | 10/24/2013

    " Has a very John Cusack/High Fidelity feel to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina DeJong | 10/15/2013

    " the book started slow, lacked character development - I rolled with it, I did like the writing, the story was just okay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desirae | 6/7/2013

    " Great book - author has a very witty sense of humor! This is the book that the show "October Road" was based off of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary sipp rigby | 1/24/2013

    " 2004 excellent book reaDS REAL HES FROM WESTCHESTER HAS 3 OTHER BOOKS OUT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Fischer | 12/21/2012

    " Made me think of an old tv show, October Road. I really enjoyed this book. Narrator's irreverence made me feel right at home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Gibson | 5/31/2012

    " Really liked this book. Tropper has a great way of decribing the characters to the point where you feel like you know them. I felt totally connected to all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 5/8/2012

    " I enjoyed this book...it was a quick read, and it had shades of Grosse Point Blank, a movie I thoroughly enjoy. I thought the plot was going to be pretty predictable -- and it was -- but there were just enough twists to keep it interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Armstrong | 4/4/2012

    " This book took a long time to get into but it was worth it in the end because the end turned out well. My daughters kept telling me it was such a good book so I kept reading it and I'm glad I did. They both loved it. I wouldn't say I loved it but gave it a 3 * rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.j. Murf | 2/21/2012

    " This is the second Tropper book i have read and it might be the last. I wanted to love this book but by the end it felt a little shallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Hallock | 12/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, read it while in Cancun enjoying the sun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/2/2011

    " I love this author .... His voice is perfect. Funny, eloquent and wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jase | 8/10/2011

    " Brilliant. Just brilliant. Absolutely loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 O.c. | 5/15/2011

    " It had some great moments and some good humor, it's just that I can't get over the historical inaccuracy of his tween nieces wearing Backstreet Boys t-shirts in 2004. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa Jordan | 5/12/2011

    " Really a great read, so happy I found this author. He always looks at the most simple of lives, and shows that there is always a tint of drama. Reads too fast though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elizabeth | 4/23/2011

    " An entertaining read and good for a co-ed book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/17/2011

    " Amazing - quick read that was smart, funny and very emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/16/2011

    " Since the overall theme is similar, you have to compare it to 'This is Where I Leave You' -- I think the latter was better, but this was still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/28/2011

    " Funny and sad, but a little predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 3/24/2011

    " I couldn't put it down. If you liked the author's other books, you'll like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 3/23/2011

    " I'm loving this author! Great story which makes you really think about your life and the choices you've made....
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/22/2011

    " This is the third novel by Jonathan Tropper that I have read. So far I think I liked it best. He has a funny writing style and I liked the characters. An easy, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 3/17/2011

    " Tropper has become one of my favorite authors. I loved "This is Where I Leave You," and I am now working my way through his older catalog of books.

    This book was a really good story with very real characters.

    Loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Tropper

Jonathan Tropper is the author of How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, Plan B, and This Is Where I Leave You. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College.