JUAN F. THOMPSON was born in 1964 outside of San Francisco, California, and grew up in Woody Creek, Colorado. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Denver, Colorado, where he performs computer magic in the healthcare IT industry.
Excitement for Juan Thompson's
STORIES I TELL MYSELF "A journey of love and forgiveness . . . a portrait of Hunter as a human being, funny and fearful pages filled with drunk, smoky evenings, famous friends and admirers, extensive travels and financial uncertainty."
-Alex Norcia, Salon "A calm book about a wild man . . . A careful yet harrowing account of an offbeat childhood, and of a father-and-son relationship that grew very dark before it began to admit hints of light . . . The author evokes his life in the shadow of his looming father as if he were telling a sinister fairy tale."
-Dwight Garner, The New York Times "The stuff of legend . . . Astounding . . . Unsparing yet forgiving and affectionate."
-Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic "Moving and fascinating . . . A sensitive depiction of a fraught father-son relationship . . . Engaging . . . Adds depth and color to our understanding of Hunter S. Thompson."
-Michael Lindgren, The Washington Post "Stories I Tell Myself provides an intimate and unflinching look at the private life of one of the most distinctive--and funniest--writers and public personalities of our time. Even those of us who were close to Hunter can learn from it."
-Timothy Ferris, author of The Science of Liberty "Rounded . . . Very satisfying."
-Library Journal "Turbulent but exciting . . . Shows clearly the occasional horrors of living with a substance-abusing celebrity but is also suffused with filial love and regret."
-Kirkus "A tender but tough tale of growing up as the son of the fearsome, charismatic and unrestrained writer, Hunter S. Thompson. At the peak of his career, Hunter was a terrifying and neglectful parent, wreaking all kinds of damage on his family, but as his talent waned he learned to be a dutiful father, and doting grandparent. All of this is observed acutely in painful and loving detail, in a book that will be seen as an essential piece of the Thompson history and also in its own right as a classic memoir of growing up weird."
-Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone "A most difficult tale, beautifully and movingly told . . . narrated with such warmth and style it makes this more than just another book about Hunter, but a most passionate exposition of the always difficult relationships between father and sons. Bravo."
-Loren Jenkins, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting