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Amp d Amp d from Ken Pisani A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist Thurber Prize for American Humor Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit this novel is a gritty explo

  • Title: Amp'd
  • Author: Ken Pisani
  • ISBN: 9781250085207
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amp d from Ken Pisani, A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist, 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it s like to feel incomplete in the world All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale Kirkus Reviews starred Aaron is not a man on a hero s journAmp d from Ken Pisani, A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist, 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it s like to feel incomplete in the world All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale Kirkus Reviews starred Aaron is not a man on a hero s journey In the question of fight or flight, he ll choose flight every time So when a car accident leaves him suddenly asymmetrical, his left arm amputated, looking on the bright side just isn t something he s equipped to do.Forced to return to his boyhood home to recuperate, Aaron is confronted with an aging father a former Olympic biathlete turned hoarder , a mother whose chosen to live in a yurt with a fireman twelve years her junior, and a well meaning sister whose insufferable husband proves love isn t just blind, but also painfully stupid.As Aaron tries to make the world around him disappear in a haze of Vicodin and medical marijuana, the only true joy in his life comes from daily ninety second radio spots of fun science facts the speed of falling raindrops, batteries made out of starfish, and sexual responses triggered by ringtones all told in the lush, disembodied voice of commentator Sunny Lee, with whom he falls helplessly, ridiculously, in love Aaron s obsession with Sunny only hastens his downward spiral, like pouring accelerant on a fire Pressured to do something anything to move his life forward, he takes the only job he can get as a fish counter at the nearby dam, where he concludes that an act of violent sacrifice to liberate the river might be his best, final option.

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      • Ken Pisani

        A member of the Writers Guild of America since 2003, KEN PISANI is an Emmy nominated television producer and screenwriter His debut novel AMP D, a Los Angeles Times best seller and finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, is being adapted for television with Muse Entertainment His original sci fi graphic novel, Colonus, won the 2013 Geekie Award for Best Comic Book, and published by Dark Horse Comics Pisani is currently working on a variety of projects for film and television, including a true sports feature film co written with Oscar winner David Seidler The King s Speech , and a new novel.


    1. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was reading books just based on seeing a teensie little blurb posted out on the interwebs by friends? Amp’d fell into that category due to the first line of Sandra’s review . . . "I’m the guy who wakes up in the hospital to find out his arm has been amputated and says, Fuck me."But then . . . . So I’m just now getting around to reviewing this sumbitch. And now I’m going to do something I absolutely loathe: I [...]

    2. I learned a few things about myself after reading this novel. I love cynical and ironic humor and I love reading about families that are stranger than my own. In essence I loved this book though I admit it sounds kind of sick to love a book about a man who loses his arm in an SUV accident and has to move in with his father at the age of forty. This book, though is full of laugh out loud humor, an alligator, an amusing mother and father with a very different sort of relationship and a sister with [...]

    3. 3 ½ stars. Amp’d is an entertaining romp. Thirty year old Aaron loses an arm in a car accident, and then moves in with his father. Feeling hard done by, Aaron proceeds to descend into a bout of bad behaviour peppered with plenty of bad attitude. The book is told from Aaron’s perspective, with lots of dark humour and some underlying real emotions – especially when it comes to the feelings towards his family. Aaron’s world is populated by an odd assortment of characters that add to the hu [...]

    4. "I’m the guy who wakes up in the hospital to find out his arm has been amputated and says, Fuck me."A witty and quirky book about Aaron who lost his left arm in a car accident. He goes back to his childhood home to live with his father and start his life as a one-armed man. Not taking things too seriously, he usually lives in a haze of painkillers and weed.We meet many interesting characters, from his parents and sister, to his colleagues and friends, the one who had a special place in my hear [...]

    5. I'm so happy that I finally got to this book that was recommended by a friend a while ago. I loved all the characters, the humor, the interesting scientific tit-bits throughout the book, the lists and the fact that it is very much politically incorrect. This is written so convincingly that I thought I was reading a memoir. Aaron is honest, intelligent, funny, depressed and very entertaining. He is definitely not known for making considered choices, but this seems to run in the family. I laughed [...]

    6. This book really deserves to get more attention. Aaron wakes up after a horrendous car accident, minus one arm. With a failed marriage, a mediocre career as a teacher and now handicapped, at the age of almost 40 he is forced to move back to his childhood home. I really loved the fact that Aaron was not portrayed as a man that rises from adversity, no Aaron is really pissed about what happened to him and the only rising he does is to go refill his prescription for medical marijuana. He was not al [...]

    7. 4-5* Read Kelly (and the Book Boar)'s great review of this book! Amp'd is clever, lough out loud funny,the dialogue is really wonderful (I'm referring to the book-but I'm really describing her reviews as well )Oh-enough already- just go read Kelly's review - I'm just parroting here Diane S wrote a great review too (only difference is- she just discovered she likes cynical, ironic humor, and I always knew that I loved it!!)

    8. Aaron wasn't exactly winning the game of life, even before the accident that forever changed him. A failed marriage and a job for which he doesn't much care are what define him until the day his car is struck by an SUV and he loses his left arm. After a lengthy rehab, he is forced to return to his childhood home, moving in with his father because he simply has nowhere else to go. It's hard to imagine a premise less comfortable, however, Ken Pisani’s new novel Amp’d is irreverent, edgy, soulf [...]

    9. Ok, so my husband hears me keep snickering over here and asks me what this book is about. "Well, there's this amputee WAIT!" Too late - he's already judged me. But this story is funny, I swear. And entrancing. When Aaron comes to in the hospital, he will tell you straight up that he is not going to be some guy who overcomes adversity and inspires others. He is pissed off having lost his arm in a car wreck, and the very first productive thing he does is make a list. A list of all the stuff he now [...]

    10. This book! Why aren't more people talking about this book?!Anyone out there a fan of useless information? Think bathroom books. You know, those books full of facts that are interesting but superfluous. Well, Ken Pisani has managed to put those facts to good use. Amp'd is basically a peek into the life of a fairly dysfunctional, yet loving (in their own way) family -- peppered throughout with useless facts that work. I laughed, my heart hurt a little, and I laughed some more. A lot, actually. Irr [...]

    11. This was a wry, caustic, funny, quick and enjoyable read. The main character loses his arm in a car accident and has to move back home with his dad. Lots of Midwestern family drama, but in a family you would like to be part of. Lots of weirdness, like an alligator in the bathtub and excessive amounts of Vicodin and medical marijuana. All told with a quiet understated humor and insight into tragedies and how we deal with them. Really amusing, tragic, and touching.

    12. This book reads like a memoir, which means that the author really knows his stuff about amputeeism (quickly Googles to see if the author is an amputeeen Googles to see if amputeeism is a word, and nooh well) So anyway, the author really did some research and it shows. The book comes across as funny and tragic and heartwarming all at the same time.

    13. A quirky story about a 40 year old who lost his arm in a car accident. He's not a pull yourself up by the bootstraps kind of guy so the story is pretty much a downer. The humor is very cynical which can be cute for a while but not for the entire story. There were also some anti-government false information parts that put me off the story. I do appreciate the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    14. AMP'D, by Ken Pisani, is the story of Aaron, who has recently lost his arm in a car accident. Aaron seems to have done his best to avoid life's choices the best as he can, but through his amputation and how the rest of the world reacts to him, especially those close to him, Aaron just might evolve into a better person. The book is poignant, bitingly reflective and quite funny. The book begins with Aaron explaining his situation and what has happened and Pisani does a good job of exploring how mo [...]

    15. I picked up this book after it was recommended in the newspaper, and then kept reading for the intoxicating voice. This book is at once emotionally packed and outrageous: Salinger meets Thurber. Divorce and an alligator in the bathtub. Death and drunken tattoos. Drug addiction and getting sent to the principal's office at the age of 35.

    16. You'd think a story about a man who lost his arm in a car accident would be somewhat tragic It is But the story is also full of irony, sarcasm, dry wit and is at times laugh out loud funny A nice change from the typical mystery or dysfunctional family sagas.

    17. Ok, so I saw this book on a NYTimes list of books to read and just grabbed it without actually reading the back cover or anything. Until halfway through, I thought it was autobiographical, and I kept trying to google Ken Pisani and see a picture of him but they all looked like he had two arms. Also, I was trying to figure out how this former HS teacher became such an amazing storyteller and bestselling author.Then as the story got more and more crazy (in a good way, and a very entertaining page [...]

    18. Thank you, Ken Pisani! I loved this book! Didn't want to stop reading. Funny, quirky and absolutely endearing. Haven't added a novel to my personal all-time favorites list in a while but had to add this entertaining as hell romp of a book.

    19. Find the full review on the blog!carolineandrus/blogI received a copy of this book from First Reads.Some of the books I win from get relegated to the DNF pile so quickly they don’t even get reviews. This is not one of those books. Amp’d by Ken Pisani is a real treat. Take one 40 year old man, recently sans-one arm, force him to move home to live with his dad (who may have a mild hoarding problem) and his pet alligator (who lives in the bathtub) and you’ve got a recipe for hilarity.

    20. 150. Amp'd by Ken PisaniThis may be the best book that I have read this year. When the narrator, Aaron, loses his left arm in a traffic accident, he decides not to go back to teaching and moves in with his elderly retired father, who has heart problems and keeps an alligator in the bathtub. There is an estranged mother who lives in a yurt with her boyfriend, a sister who needs to get rid of her husband, a vindictive police chief, and he meets even more strange characters when he gets a job as a [...]

    21. This book bridges the best of two of my favourite authors; William Wharton and Jonathon Tropper (with a little John Irving thrown in too). The book has such good energy; it is the story of about a man who must deal with his reintegration into regular life after suffering the amputation of his left arm from a car accident. At various times the book is charming, sad and introspective but my god, above all else, it's downright funny -- I laughed out loud multiple times from both the dialogue / witt [...]

    22. Amp'd is a terrific read. I read long stretches of it to my wife and it made us laugh out loud and wince with empathetic pain. Ken Pisani's book is a master class in how tragedy and comedy can be subtly and unexpectedly intertwined and transformative. Every one of the characters turns out to have a surprising side to them - Aaron, the main character, most of all. Ken is a true talent. He clearly understands people and he knows how to capture them on the page in a way that makes you wish you coul [...]

    23. I won a free copy of this book through giveaways. All opinions are my own.This book is a MUST READ!!! I wish I could give more than 5 stars for this book because that's what it deserves. I have not read anything as funny as this in a very long time. When I first got this book I thought it would be good for a few laughs, but it had me laughing out loud through the entire book.The main character loses an arm in a car accident and apparently he also loses his common sense. He has a very sarcastic [...]

    24. I love this book beyond all reason. Unique in story and voice, hilariously funny and surprisingly touching. I had to pace myself in my attempt to make it last as long as possible. Most oddly, I at one point towards the end looked up from the book, glanced outside, and was inexplicably (though fleetingly) deeply in love with the world and everyone in it. For this reaction I have no explanation, but abiding gratitude.

    25. A laugh out loud cleverly written novel. This book is like a stand up comic delivering the ups and downs of an ordinary life and finding the humor that is behind the most painfully extraordinary. I highly recommend listening to this in the audiobook version, as it is an absolute delight. The performance is spot on entertaining and the writing a roller coaster of emotions.

    26. A funny book on an unfunny subject. Man loses an arm in a car accident and returns to his childhood home to stay with his dad who refuses to talk about it or even mention his lack of wholeness. Did I mention dad has an alligator in his bathtub? Many interesting twists and turns. I enjoyed it!

    27. I won this in a giveaway. My opinion is just thatmined completely unbiased.Tragic, emotional, humorous, thoughtful, quirkyl of this in one unforgettable novel. I was hooked from the first page and it didn't let up. A great ride!

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