About the Author
Jon Winokur is the author of various nonfiction books,
including The Portable Curmudgeon, Zen to Go, and Advice
to Writers. He lives in Los Angeles.
James Garner has starred in numerous television shows and
films, from Maverick and The Rockford Files to The
Great Escape with Steve McQueen and Victor Victoria with
."..the narrative is genuine, candid, and more informative than
usual for a Hollywood bio...Truly a cut above most actor bios, this
is prime stuff for film and television collections."
""The Garner Files" is a classic tale of making it in Hollywood
fueled...with Garner's good looks, fortune, charm, and sense of
"[an] enjoyable memoir...there's plenty to love in this book.
Garner...has a knack for telling a story and finding the perfect
quote to tie it all together...charming...[It] resembles a
conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful
"Garner follows his own heroic dictum: Plenty of self-deprecating,
humor, a general air of live-and-let-live, but when it comes down
to it, no pulled punches. For Garner fans, 'The Garner Files' is
catnip...it is a fine, frank and fun collection."--LOS ANGELES
"Garner tells his life story with the same wry, self-effacing charm
that characterized his classic TV characters: the laidback cowboy
Bret Maverick and the down-on-his-heels gumshoe Jim
Rockford...Garner comes across as likable on the page as he does on
"If you buy one cranky celebrity memoir this fall, might we suggest
James Garner's "The Garner Files"?"
"James Garner stepped into two of TV's most calcified genres -- the
western and the detective series -- and set a new standard that
others have been chasing down since...having made up his mind to
write [a memoir]...Garner follows his own heroic dictum: Plenty of
self-deprecating, humor, a general air of live-and-let-live, but
when it comes down to it, no pulled punches. For Garner fans, "The
Garner Files" is catnip...[Garner] is unfailingly candid about his
own desires...it is a fine, frank and fun collection."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"James Garner's memoir is as easygoing and plain-spoken as his
acting persona...[He] wouldn't have it any other way."
"Laid-back charm and a sense of humor fuel such memories, two
qualities shared by the characters Garner often played in a career
of 50-plus years...Full of funny stories and observations, "The
Garner Files" offers the kind of clubhouse banter you might expect
from a hardworking, successful guy who doesn't take himself too
seriously -- and doesn't want you to, either."
"Stand aside for Maverick! Stand aside again for Jim
Rockford!...Let this neatly written and well-supplemented little
book--all of [Garner's] friends provide relevant stories and fond
judgments--set a new standard of integrity for the genre...You
could hand this book as a primer on ethics to any young man just
reaching the age of choosing his way in life."
--Clive James, "The Atlantic"