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Thief of Words: A Novel Hardcover – Apr 16 2003


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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (April 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530804
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,988,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
While the author's style is inoffensive and carries the reader along from page to page, ther's little substance lurking beneath. I was reminded of the kind of fiction that once appeared in magazines like Redbook and Ladies Home Journal---romantic sturm und drang, with minute descriptions of everyone's clothing in every scene. I was so tired of the heroine's long, flowing, incredibly red hair, mentioned over and over again, that I would have gladly pulled it out by the handful. And if the female half of this two-in-one author is really a literary agent (which would certainly help explain how this thing got published), I hope she has by know come to the realization that the email novel as a genre is done, overdone, and needs to go.
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By NNB on Jan. 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from my local library and am about to buy one of my own. Reason? There is so much poety of language in this book - sentences and phrases that leap out and echo in your mind. I wanted to underline them! (not recommended for a library book, so I'm getting one of my own). What I particularly liked was that the book's title was reflected in different contexts in the plot and that it focussed on the intricacies of finding a love, not necessarily "falling" in love.
This love story is well told and is refreshing and realistic in this too explicit, too over-the-top, writing era; a story about getting another chance to re-live a life where every regret can be replaced with a beautiful memory given an imagination, National Geographic :-) and a flair for words..
If you like words, you'll love it!
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Format: Hardcover
In 1982, Annie Hollerman had a great job at a North Carolina newspaper and, at 26, showed great promise as a journalist. With fiery red hair, she was not a great beauty but had enough looks and brains to make a difference. Until one horrible mistake changed everything.
Twenty years later, Annie runs a literary agency in Washington DC. Two years divorced, Annie's long-time friend wants to fix her up with Jack DePaul, editor at the Baltimore Star-News. Jack is also divorced and has a grown son. He has a passion for good writing and loves words. "A part of Annie wanted to say yes. But there was always another part, a bigger part, that warned her to steer clear of her past and anyone who might pry it open." Stay away from journalists.
Reluctantly, Annie and Jack have a blind date, which goes so well it surprises them both. Between dates, Jack woos Annie with eloquent and romantic e-mails, creating a new and imaginary history between them. But when the past and present collide, where will it leave Annie and Jack?
What captivated me most was timing. Coincidentally, I stumbled across this book as I was getting to know someone new in my life. I could easily relate to the first date butterflies, flirtatious e-mails and first kiss anticipation.
Witty romance written by a man? Well, almost. John Jaffe is actually a pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of John Muncie and Jody Jaffe. This is their first book, which is also based on their meeting and romance. "It's the prequel to our current lives." A very good story that includes wit, romance, friendship and honesty. Just good writing from a new and welcome talent.
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Annie Hollerman is a has-been star newspaper reporter banished into oblivion for unknown reasons to the reader as the story opens. Jack DePaul is the features editor at the Baltimore Star-News. Both Jack and Annie are divorced and both are in denial about much of their personal life.
An arranged blind date by a mutual friend of the two, Laura Goodbread, leads the pair into a wonderful and continuing encounter of exploration and mutual respect...leading toward love.
The mystery of Annie's fall from her reporters job hovers in the background, lending an interesting air of mystery during their courtship. As their infatuation deepens, author Jaffe creates a real and caring sense for the characters by the reader.
As readers wend their way through this tale, they will be moved to laugh, cry, hope and believe in the genuineness of Jack and Annie. They will be caught up and immersed in the reality of the settings and events of those two lives.
This is a really wonderful love story that transcends the usual in this genre and becomes compelling and mustn't-put-the-book-down reading. It's a love story that transcends the genre and is involving, moving and believable. Here's a true to life Romeo and Juliet story based on an actual series of events.
The authors state John Jaffe is "a pseudonym for us: John Muncie and Jody Jaffe. We wrote the book together. In fact, our novel, Thief of Words, is based on our meeting and our romance. It's the prequel to our current lives. Now we're married and work together writing books."
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Format: Hardcover
If you're thinking about purchasing a copy of John Jaffe's debut novel, THIEF OF WORDS, you'd better make sure you have plenty of tissues to stop the flood of tears you may experience. I didn't cry, really I didn't. But John Jaffe (a pseudonym for John Muncie and Jody Jaffe) knows how to pull a reader's heartstrings in this romantic-type comedy that, in many ways, resembles a writer's experience with love, life and the wacky profession of print journalism. THIEF OF WORDS is a love story, not a romance novel, so let's get that straight before we go any further, OK? The cover of the book is reminiscent of a Harlequin romance novel, though it isn't.
At age 26, Annie Hollerman thought she had her love life and her career at a top North Carolina newspaper under complete control --- until one fatal mistake not only destroys her career at the paper, but also ends her relationship. The book begins in 1982 and then rapidly transports the reader 20 years later. Annie, now 46, runs her own literary agency, destined to never date another journalist again until her girlfriend, Laura Goodbread, decides she has the perfect guy for Annie: her boss, Jack DePaul, a longtime features editor at the Baltimore Star-News.
Similar to the popular film You've Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Annie and Jack start conversing via the Internet (doesn't everybody these days?) and viola! Before we know it, Annie and Jack are out on their first date, having the time of their lives.
THIEF OF WORDS isn't just a well-developed love story that will give any Nicholas Sparks novel a definite run for its money; it's also extremely funny at times and is dead-on with its numerous machinations of newspapers, editors and reporters.
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