Category: Book Culture

11 Legendary James Patterson Book Commercials

Having a bad day? Well, this will make you laugh. I guarantee that all you individuals with a heart of stone, who have your jaw wired shut, will drop dead laughing at these videos. I’ve compiled a collection of the funniest, craziest, book commercials that star James Patterson.

In each of these commercials, James Patterson appeared on TV to tell everyone about his book. Did he get them hooked, or did he get them laughing? According to these commercials, the answer is both.



11-Patterson Has The Black Book!


My favorite part about this commercial is that the ‘black book’ has a big blue fingerprint on it.



10-Patterson Doesn’t Make Idle Threats


The fact that this is a good book is second. Be wary all you Alex Cross fans, buy his book or else…

PS- I saw this on television as a kid and wanted to know why some old dude thought he could take on Alex Cross.





“Move over Alex Cross!” the book proclaims. Showcasing his newest detective, Patterson enlists the help of a man dressed in black and some scary kids.



8-Patterson vs Heroin: Dawn of Justice


Ever wanted to see James Patterson kick some heroin? Now’s your chance.





After defeating heroin, Patterson takes on a company that wants to take our privacy away. Little did he know, we’d give it away freely.



6-Patterson Will Make You Laugh… Or Cry


Some of the commercials are funny. Some are unnerving. This one is both.



5-Captain Patterson vs Captain Hook… Coming Soon?


Ever wonder what would happen if James Patterson was a pirate, who did bad jokes?




4-James Patterson and James Patterson


Close your eyes. Picture James Patterson. Handsome right? Don’t you wish there were two of them? Well, open your eyes and click on the video below!



3-Having Lost His Mind, Patterson Speaks To A Drawing


It’s a real conversation. The power of editing compelled him. Plus, he advertises two books in one commercial.




2-Patterson vs Vegas


This is how I picture James Patterson in my mind.



1-James Patterson Gets Scary


James Patterson enters some Stephen King territory with this one. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight…



Guys, can you do James Patterson a favor and go on his Amazon Link here and buy some of his books? He needs the money….



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Check Out This Ghost Story Collection!

The Amazon description for Southern Ghost Stories: Ghosts of Gallatin notes that, “Gallatin’s history is filled with fires, executions, cholera outbreaks and other terrible misfortunes,” and how the town has “a complicated history of the paranormal and mysterious.”


Southern Ghost Stories: Ghosts of Gallatin by [Sircy, Allen]
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It might just be wishful-read fearful-thinking. The town thinks it’s haunted, ergo strange and paranormal sightings go up, nothing more than simple overthinking of the mundane, but ultimately that doesn’t matter.


“Literally every building I went to, somebody had a story”


That quote comes from Allen Sircy, an author and a middle Tennessee man who wanted to give back to his community.


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The history of the town drew Sircy in. A local resident, Sircy noticed that around his home, trash cans would apparently move on their own, lights would flicker on and off, and the TV would turn on and off.



Given the large amount of ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia, Sircy’s wife suggested that he develop an app that would guide newcomers through multiple ghost tours. Thus he spent a large amount of time researching stories around Nashville that he could put on the app.


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Many of the stories he heard were about the Gallatin square.

One experience was during a recorded interview at Rose Mont, when Sircy told a man that he had just had a son, proclaiming it to be a “proud moment for my family.” When he listened to the recording, he heard an unknown woman respond to that quote by saying, “oh good.”

It was one of the “coolest” and “most personal experiences I’ve ever had.”

Sure dude. Whatever makes you happy.



From these stories, Sircy was able to launch several apps, the New Orleans Ghost Map, the Salem Ghost Map, the Savannah Ghost Map, Louisville Ghost Map and Boston Ghost Map. Notably, the Nashville Ghost Map guides users through more than 100 locations around middle Tennessee.

But Sircy didn’t stop at just apps. With plenty of stories at hand, Sircy compiled them all into a book. Not a man to stop while he’s ahead, Sircy did something incredible next.


Ashley's Place

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Ashley’s Place is a nonprofit organization established in 2000 and named after a Sumner County girl who was a victim of child sexual abuse. It aims to help victims of child abuse across Sumner County.

Thus, Sircy is donating part of the proceeds of his book to Ashley’s Place.

Southern Ghost Stories: Ghosts of Gallatin was published on August 16th. It is available on Amazon, and these three boutique stores: Pickled Treats & Antiques, Timeless Treasures, and A Daisy A Day Vintage and Antiques.

Visit Ashley’s Place here.




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‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ Was Published Today!

On this day, a famous fantasy novel was published: The Chronicles of Naria: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the best known of the Chronicles of Narnia novels. The book was first published on October 16th in 1950 and has remained a classic, not to mention a mainstay, of children’s literature ever since.



The book centers on the fictional world of Narnia, a land of magic and talking animals. Narnia, at the book’s beginning, is ruled by the evil White Witch, who has plunged Narnia into an eternal winter. Four children from the real world (Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund) walk through a magical wardrobe and end up in the land, caught between the Witch’s forces of evil and the forces of good, who side with the god-like lion Aslan.


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The novel was written by C.S. Lewis and dedicated to his granddaughter Lucy. The series contained many themes of Christianity, with Aslan and the Witch representing Jesus and the Devil respectively. This theme is most prominently seen in the book where Aslan is killed but rises after three days and slays the Witch in a final battle, restoring peace to the land. C.S. Lewis himself described the genesis of the story beginning with an image of a fawn with an umbrella.


The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’


He had bounced the idea around for several years during the forties, which inspirations taken from World War II, where English children were evacuated from London and other cities to the countryside. However, worked stalled for sometime until C.S. Lewis created the character of Aslan and from then on, inspiration struck. He described he often dreamed of lions and made great progress on the novel, completed in March 1949.


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Lewis very much enjoyed writing the novel and wrote the sequel soon after, such was his enthusiasm. There wasn’t much enthusiasm from his fanbase, however, with the fantasy and fairy tale elements seen as self-indulgent. Nonetheless, the critical response from his fanbase, young readers, was highly positive and the strong sales of the book allowed Lewis to write further Narnia tales.

What are your memories of this book? Full of fantasy, magic, wonder, not to mention allegorical elements, this series helped define fantasy for a generation. Crack it open and give it another read!



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5 Frosty Narnia Memes

The Chronicles of Narnia is a foundational fantasy work, and it’s also got some very funny moments. Moments that should be memes. From putting a lamppost in the story for spite to not even bothering to hide the religious allegory, Lewis wasn’t afraid of anything, and it shows. He goes all in, and I respect the hell out of it.


At All Times


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If this was a list of things I’ve gotten together, there wouldn’t even be a heading. What’s working? Nothing. Obviously. I’m a disaster at the best of times, but add midterms and/or having to save the world? Please. Lucy’s face says everything. Really the ultimate mood. At least I haven’t spent any time in a freezing river recently. Small mercies.



Aslan Gets It


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Look, it’s hard to be on the cutting edge of memes. I mean, in my opinion, memes change like fine wine, but there’s nothing wrong with a fresh, spicy meme. And if you’re wondering if I’ve seen a new meme yet—I have. In the iconic words of my kid sister, it’s all memes in here (my brain). I’ve seen it all. If there was a meme museum, I’d be a docent.



There Isn’t


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It’s one of those things that sounds reasonable and then you’re like… why would I need to do that. Like, maybe open a window? Of course if you’ve got the vapors, going outside might be better, but not if you have hay fever. I love Susan’s practicality. She’s like, you know what improves every situation? Fresh air. I’m surprised she didn’t put on a kettle.



Nerds? Book Nerds?

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It’s the constant struggle. You see someone reading and enjoying a book you love, do you interrupt them? I get almost as excited as I do when I see any dogs. I want. To be friends. Like, let’s talk about books. Let’s talk about everything. It’s an objectively bad energy, and you can’t come in with that on the subway. You can’t have any energy on the subway. It’s rough.



I’ve Gotta Check Every Time


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Look. I don’t think I’ve ever had an actual wardrobe in my life. But I do press on the back of drawers and closet walls. I know they’re made of incredibly normal wood, but I have to hope, you know? Like, I always check my mail for a Hogwarts letter, even though everything else in there is going to be bad. Life may be ordinary, but there’s no reason to lose hope.



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Dive into These New Biographies and Great Personal Stories!


Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are new biographies for you to dig into and be inspired! Dig in and enjoy!


5. The Man in the glass House by Mark Lamster


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The Man in the Glass House by Mark Lamster tells the story of the most famous architect in the 20th Century: Philip Johnson. Award-winning architectural critic and biographer Mark Lamster’s The Man in the Glass House lifts the veil on Johnson’s controversial and endlessly contradictory life to tell the story of a charming yet deeply flawed man. A rollercoaster tale of the perils of wealth, privilege, and ambition, this book probes the dynamics of American culture that made him so powerful, and tells the story of the built environment in modern America.


4. Who Am I again? by Lenny Henry


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Who Am I Again? by Lenny Henry tells the extraordinary story of his early years and sudden rise to fame. Born soon after his Jamaican parents had arrived in the Midlands, Lenny was raised as one of seven siblings in a boisterous working household, and sent out into the world with his mum’s mantra of ‘H’integration! H’integration! H’integration!’ echoing in his ears. A natural ability to make people laugh came in handy. At school it helped subdue the daily racist bullying. In the park, it led to lifelong friendships and occasional snogs. Soon, it would put him on stage at working men’s clubs and Black Country discotheques—before an invitation to a TV audition changed his life for ever.


3. they don’t teach this by Eniola Aluko


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They Don’t Teach This by Eniola Aluko steps beyond the realms of memoir to explore themes of dual nationality and identity, race and institutional prejudice, success, failure and faith. It is an inspiring manifesto to change the way readers and the future generation choose to view the challenges that come in their life, applying life lessons with raw truths from Eni’s own personal experience.


2. 1919 by Eve L. eWing


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1919 by Eve L. Ewing tells of The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots comprising the nation’s Red Summer, which shaped the last century but is not widely discussed. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.


1. Kd by Marcus Thompson 


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KD by Marcus Thompson traces the famous journey of Kevin Durant. As a sports columnist for The Athletic Bay Area, and longtime beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, Marcus Thompson is perfectly positioned to trace Durant’s inspirational journey. KD follows Durant’s underdog story from his childhood spent in poverty outside DC; to his rise playing on AAU teams with future NBA players; to becoming a star and hometown hero for the Oklahoma Thunder; to his controversial decision to play for the NBA rival Golden State Warriors; to his growth from prodigy into a man, in the first true inside account of this superstar player.


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