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BOOKS

You can find some of my other writing in the following publications.

I’VE PUBLISHED FOUR BOOKS; TWO NOVELS AND TWO BOOKS OF PURPOSEFULLY BAD POETRY.

 
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2014 THURBER PRIZE WINNER

“No one makes me laugh like John Kenney. So Iexpected Truth in Advertising to be very funny,and it is. But I was unprepared for how deeplyfelt and richly observed it would be. This is abeautiful novel and a dazzling debut.”

- Andy Borowitz,TheBorowitz Report

"John Kenney writes with style, intelligence,humor, and heart. Truth in Advertising is afrank and wickedly funny peek into a world youonly think you've seen, a glossy high-poweredad agency. But it is also something more: thestory of a man thoroughly marinated in thelittle white lies of advertising who mustlearn, finally, to be honest with himself.Highly recommended."

-William Landay, author,Defending Jaco

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“A superbly crafted story of a swaggering news an-chor who disgraces himself, facing shame and re-gret in an era when being human in public is abloodsport. Talk to Meis moving, full of punch andsorrow – and told at the velocity of a man plum-meting to earth."

- Tom Rachman, author,The Italian Teacher andThe Imperfectionists

"John Kenney has written a funny, biting,brilliant account of modern capitalism andconsumerism. If Mad Men has glamorized the ad gamethen Truth in Advertising goes one better bymaking it funny as hell. This is the Catch-22 ofcontemporary corporate America."

– Karl Taro Greenfeld,author, Triburbia

“Made me laugh my ass off. Now I have a new ass.”

- Eric Idle,Monty Python’s Flying Circus

 
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“Kenney is supremely gifted at creating flawed,vivid characters and capturing the wonder,ennui, and heartbreak of marriage and parent-hood, and the seemingly small moments that makelife precious.”

-Publisher’s Weekly

“Kenney's timely satire succeeds withsignificant nuance...Most winning, though, areKenney's incisive considerations of parenthood,familial love, and what actually matters whenall is seemingly lost.”

-Booklist

“A poignant, and often hilarious, portrait ofa man in the midst of an extremely publicdownfall. Kenney, with humor and tenderness,gives us Ted Grayson, TV anchor of a bygone eraas he fumbles through a changing medialandscape and one terrible mistake and itsfallout. This is a very human, very timelystory.

”-Vanessa Manko, Author,The Invention of Exile.

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“A superbly crafted story of a swaggering news an-chor who disgraces himself, facing shame and re-gret in an era when being human in public is abloodsport. Talk to Meis moving, full of punch andsorrow – and told at the velocity of a man plum-meting to earth."

- Tom Rachman, author,The Italian Teacher andThe Imperfectionists

“With depth and sympathy...[Kenney]saves a sweetlyironic twist for a redemptive ending....A powerfuland moving rendition of a story we've been waitingto hear: what it's like to be the bad guy in thisripped-from-the-headlines situation.”

–Kirkus Review(STARRED REVIEW)

“Chronicle[s]our messy, modern lives.”

-Los Angeles Times

“Kenney's timely satire succeeds with significantnuance...Most winning, though, are Kenney'sincisive considerations of parenthood, familiallove, and what actually matters when all isseemingly lost.”

-Booklist

 
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece,Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents ahilarious collection of love poems for, well,married people.”

“Full of brilliant wit, dynamic energy, anda heavy dose of reality, Love Poems for Married People takes the poetic form, turns it upsidedown and leaves it in the dishwasher to dry.Inspired by one of the most shared New Yorkerpieces of all time, this collection capturesthe reality of life once the spark of arelationship has settled--and hilariously so.With brand new pieces that cover all areas ofmarried life, from parental gripes to dwindlingsex lives, Kenney's wry observations and sharphumor remind us exactly what it's like to spendthe rest of your life with the person youlove.”

-Penguin Random House

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"Love Poems For Married People' Will Help SpiceThings Up In The— Zzzzz.”

- Ari Shapiro,NPR News

“This book showed up for review about three weeksago and the minute I tore it open, I was literallylaughing so hard. The poems in this book areperfect for married couples. This book literallyspoke to me in a way that no other ‘mommy andmarriage’ article on the web could possible comeclose to.”

- Anne Mendez,The Lit Bitch

“Jimmy and I sat on the couch and took turnsreading every single poem in this collection. Mosthad us laughing so hard our faces hurt. A few werebittersweet and the last one (a heartfelt lovepoem for his wife) made me happy cry. Relatableand insightful and irreverent and accurate. JohnKenney you’ve made a fan (two fans!!) for life.”

- Stephanie Howell

 
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More information coming soon.

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