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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 9 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455516988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455516988
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hyper-relatable. Adam Ellis is just like you, except funnier and better at drawing." -DC Pierson, comedian and author of Crap Kingdom

"Adam Ellis is hilarious. If you like manic hipsters and crazy bosses, you'll love BOOKS OF ADAM! -Yasmine Surovec, blogger and author of Cat Versus Human

About the Author

Adam Ellis is a 26-year old artist and blogger. When he isn't illustrating for his site, he does freelance design for comic book publishers. His blog is and his Twitter handle is @Moby_Dickhead.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on July 17 2013
Format: Paperback
Blog followers will recognize the grin-while-reading/guffaw-at-illustration format but Ellis takes it a step farther and ties the vignettes together into a thoughtful narrative that is both endearing and LOL-inducing. Through relocation, relationships and self-revelations, Ellis' memoirs are easily relatable even if you've never interrupted scissoring vagrants. There are lots of illustrations and his signature style is consistently creative and expressive. Whether or not you've read the blog (yet), The Blunder Years is perfect as a standalone. It's a great way to spend a lazy afternoon - empathizing with Adam and chuckling at his exploits! NOTE: Reading Books of Adam may cause fits of explosive laughter... and embarrassment if in public.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
worth purchasing July 15 2013
By Nick - Published on
Format: Paperback
Overall the book was comically satisfying, but since I've been following the blog for a few years now, I was pretty disappointed that there were stories I've pretty much read from the blog. I was expecting more originality instead of some easy page filler that I've read before. I feel like Adam has way too much talent to resort to redundancy. Though the new stories were definitely funny.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An insightful and funny young man! July 9 2013
By Shelley Ellis - Published on
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I was pleasantly surprised at the sweet-but-tangy wit, the astonishingly well-crafted illustrations, and the strong storyline in this first book of Adam Ellis's. I am hoping for a second book, and a third, and a franchise, eventually--it's that good. How can I convince others to buy Adam's book? Well, the artwork is hilarious, finely drawn, and abundant. There's that. And Adam never feels sorry for himself or whines about The Unfairness Of It All; he just keeps making his life happen. So there's that, too. It's just an excellent, fast, and oddly uplifting read, and you should listen to me and purchase many copies for yourself and your friends! I am reading it for a second time and still snerking at a bunch of wicked, sneaky stuff I missed on the first go-around. MAY YOUR EYEBROWS NEVER GROW TOGETHER, ADAM ELLIS!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A quick and fun read from wickedly funny author July 12 2013
By Daniel Johnson - Published on
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I have been reading the Books of Adam blog for some time now. I appreciate the humorous tone and light-hearted and creative illustrations(even if the way Ellis illustrates teeth creep me out a little). I think one of the things I enjoy most about this book is that the writing and illustrations blend seamlessly together into a cohesive and often times deeply funny narrative.

I also appreciate that the book has its serious moments, but one thing I do have knock on a little is that serious matters are often always deflected with humor which something the author concedes he does frequently. I can appreciate that, but there were several moments where I thought the humor wasn't simply needed to make the point stand, and perhaps, the point may have stood more elegantly without the joke. Overall, I think Ellis offers some valuable insights through his own (often hilariously told) experiences that make this book a real treat despite maybe what is a little too much humor in the serious place.

There is a little retreading of material from his blog, but I think it helps unify the book in a lot of ways that makes the book as a whole make sense(which works well for people who haven't read the blog at all). This has been one of the highlights of my summer reading thus far, and it is definitely a book I could see myself picking up from time to time to revisit one of the funnier portions. I will definitely pick up a second one if it comes out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very entertaining, personal, and creative book July 11 2013
By mattkjackson - Published on
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I've been following the Books of Adam blog for a few years now, and was really pleased to see that the book is even more strong and fun than I expected!
Ellis does include a couple stories from his blog, but expands them for the book, which is a very successfully curated collection of vignettes. His illustrations are amazingly sharp and clever, and his writing style draws you in personally; it's hard to read this without feeling like you know Adam Ellis personally because of the voice and character he pours into these stories.
Super fun read, this book will make a perfect gift!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book had be belly laughing at least a dozen times July 14 2013
By Bob Fischer - Published on
Format: Paperback
What really works with this book is the illustrations combined with an easy, narrative prose style. I found myself grinning often as I read through the awkward exploits in which Ellis seems to routinely find himself. But what made me laugh out loud was Ellis' illustrative depictions of the scenario. Often it was a tiny detail that put me over the edge--much like a ''Farside'' scene. I will never forget the illustration of diminutive Adam standing next to a gigantic hooker who had just saved him from some distinct unpleasantness. Classic. I knew the book would be funny, but I was surprised by some of the genuine insights into human character and society. You will find yourself nodding in agreement in many passages. Lastly, Ellis' understated, self-deprecating tone made this book easy to read and easy to identify with. If you are in your 20's, you will say, "yeah, that pretty much sums it up.'' If you are in your 50's you will say, "yep, every 20-something I know is about like that. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.