Start Without Me
(I'll Be There in a Minute)
Author: Gary Janetti
Gary Janetti is bothered. By a lot of things. And thank God he’s here to tell us.
In Start Without Me, bestselling author Gary Janetti returns with his acid tongue firmly placed in cheek to the moments and times that defined him. From his coming of age in 1970’s Queens, to his stumbling toward adulthood, and love, in 90’s New York, and the digital world of today where you can happily live behind your phone. For Gary “most everything was wonderful. It was only tiny, little things,” that stuck like a sharp pebble in a shoe.
This laugh out loud collection of true-life stores from the man, “behind his generation’s greatest comedy” (The New York Times) is for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in. For all of us that have thought, just maybe, those small slights that life flings at us, over and over, are worth remembering. A book for any of us that have felt the joy in holding a decade long grudge. Which is to really say, Start Without Me is for all of us. Deeply poignant, savagely funny, and slyly tender, Start Without Me will have readers wishing it would never end.
Henry Holt and Co.
In The News
“Gary Janetti is annoyingly funny. By annoying, I mean funnier than anything I could ever write. Which I guess kind of speaks to my own insecurities. Whatever. I rarely laugh out loud but with this book I did. A lot. So did my wife, who said things like, ‘Gary Janetti is so funny. I wish he were my husband.’ Am I a small, petty man jealous of Gary Janetti’s talent? Yes. Should Start Without Me be read, and re-read by everyone I know? A resounding yes!”
—John Kenney, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the New York Times bestselling author of Love Poems (for Married People)