Jami’s Books

The Incredible Shrinking Critic book coverThe Incredible Shrinking Critic

(Penguin/Avery, 2006, Hardcover edition; Penguin/Avery, 2007, Paperback edition)

“Endearing and hilarious”
— From Publishers Weekly —

Bernard, New York Daily News film critic and author (Breast Cancer There and Back), chronicled the first year of her journey back from 230 pounds in a weekly newspaper column. In this book, she recounts not only the initial year but the second year as well, culminating in a total loss of 75 pounds. Along the way, the comical, quirky Bernard describes her ongoing battle with weight, her aversion to popular fad diets (“they all suck, on a sliding scale of suckage”), The Incredible Shrinking Critic book coverand her gradual realization that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is through strategy, not will power … Readers struggling with weight loss will be entertained and inspired as Bernard chronicles her setbacks, visits to gyms, dating mishaps and shrinking clothing size. Readers might be tempted to jump to her “cheat sheet” at the end of the book, but they would miss out on all the zany quips and quotes that make this volume both endearing and hilarious. (Sept. 2006)

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Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His MoviesQuentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies

(HarperCollins; 1997)

The single best book about Tarantino
— From Amazon.com reader review
This book is a must-read for every true Tarantino fan.
Jami Bernard’s book is simply amazing. It covers Tarantino’s life from childhood till about 1996. The book is well written, and goes deep into detail and uncovers Tarantino’s life as hyperactive kid, movie theater regular, fatherless child and genius moviemaker. This is the single best book ever written about Quentin Tarantino. No other book delivers such great information, biographical facts and stories about the making of his early movies and involvements in projects. If you want to read a good book about Tarantino, get this one first. It’s the best! Trust me on this … – Sebastian Haselbeck (Germany), Amazon customer, March 27, 2003


Breast Cancer: There & BackBreast Cancer: There & Back

(Warner Books, 2001)

 

“Knee-slapping, wet-your-pants funny”
— Library Journal
Bernard, film critic for the New York Daily News and humor columnist for MAMM magazine, fills a gap in the breast cancer adjuvant therapy canon with this comprehensive and very funny book … This is a terrific book, with solid information presented in a warm and very accessible manner. All women diagnosed with breast cancer should read it; falling down laughing is good for one’s health.

“Clearly written”
— Publishers Weekly
Bernard, a film critic for the New York Daily News, discovered that she had breast cancer in 1996 when she was still in her 30s. She describes herself as “flustered, unprepared, agitated” by the diagnosis. [Readers] will certainly appreciate her humor.

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“Knee-slapping, wet-your-pants funny”
— Library Journal 

Bernard, film critic for the New York Daily News and humor columnist for MAMM magazine, fills a gap in the breast cancer adjuvant therapy canon with this comprehensive and very funny book. Diagnosed in 1996, Bernard limits her text predominantly to the two items in breast cancer treatment that are the most frightening and least understood: chemotherapy and radiation. She begins at the beginning, describing every procedure from Day One: what to wear, what to do, how to deal with hair loss, how the radiation mold is made, etc. There are sidebars with tips and lists, informative headnotes, and a glossary. Bernard also covers relationships with friends, support groups, and alternative vs. complementary therapies. In the process, she is knee-slapping, wet-your-pants funny. As on the side effect of shopaholism: “Just as you shouldn’t operate heavy machinery after taking a sedative, a woman who is battling breast cancer should not be allowed anywhere near her credit cards.” This is a terrific book, with solid information presented in a warm and very accessible manner. All women diagnosed with breast cancer should read it; falling down laughing is good for one’s health.

Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

“Clearly written”
— Publishers Weekly
Another in a recent spate of books by breast cancer survivors, this clearly written guide focuses on managing the unpleasant aspects of chemotherapy and radiation. Bernard, a film critic for the New York Daily News, discovered that she had breast cancer in 1996 when she was still in her 30s. She describes herself as “flustered, unprepared, agitated” by the diagnosis. After a lumpectomy, the author had nine months of chemo and seven weeks of radiation; five years later, she’s doing fine. She details here the different types of chemotherapy and the variety of side effects that may accompany treatment. Some women may be put off by the sheer volume of information, but others will value the suggestions offered for dealing with digestive problems, fatigue and depression. And, of course, hair loss. “Not everyone is such a princess about their hair as I was,” quips Bernard, but plenty of readers will be grateful for stylistic minutiae about wig shopping, wig alternatives and eyebrow essentials. And they will certainly appreciate her humor: “A cleanly shaved head looks a whole lot better than, as my sister liked to call it, Fright on Bald Mountain.” Although lethargy may also accompany radiation, its major side effect is redness and burning sensations on the skin. Bernard gives helpful advice on combating this condition, including using doctor-approved moisturizers and wearing loose tops. Similar in tone to Barbara Delinsky’s Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, Bernard’s positive book encourages developing coping skills, eating healthily, taking advantage of breast cancer support groups and, most importantly, staying in control of one’s life.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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The X ListThe X List (Jami Bernard, editor)
Essays from the National Society of Film Critics

(Da Capo Press, 2005)

From Publishers Weekly
New York Daily News critic Bernard has selected arousing movies varying wildly in quality, from the classic romantic noir Laura to the grotesque Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. What makes the book stimulating is the uniform cleverness of the writing.

“… a variety that most critical compilations lack”
— From Booklist

The National Society of Film Critics dares to go where few mainstream critics have gone before — to the heart of what gets the colored lights going, as they say in A Streetcar Named Desire. Here is their take on the films that quicken their (and our) pulses — an enterprise both risky and risque, an entertaining overview of the most arousing films Hollywood has every produced.

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But make no mistake about it: This isn’t a collection of esoteric “critic’s choice” movies. The films reflect individual taste, rubbing against the grain of popular wisdom. And, because of the personal nature of the erotic forces at play, these essays will reveal more about the individual critics than perhaps they have revealed thus far to their readers. The Society is a world-renowned, marquee-name organization embracing some of America’s most distinguished critics, more than forty writers who have followings nationally as well as devoted local constituencies in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Yes, The X List will have something for every lover of film-and for every lover.

“A fascinating, entertaining read, some of it startling, some of it unsettling, and some of it a real hoot.” – Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/07/06

“A must-buy essential for film critics, film lovers and film students. It’s much more than coffee table reading.” – SexHerald.com, March 2006

“A stimulating collection…Fun to read. This book is as satisfying as many of the sexy films discussed.” – Filmbill, March 2006

“A stimulating read. The hottest movies ever made are fully exposed in a single volume…short and smartly written.” – US Airways Magazine, January 2006

“Accessible to those who appreciate movies you can only see on college campuses, as well as those on basic cable.” – Austin Chronicle, 02/17/06

“An interesting read…A handy guide to have on the shelf when you’re looking for a good movie to rent.” – The Reader, 6/21/06

“An interesting selection, with plenty of entries that you’d never have considered titillating before.” – Hotdog, January 2006

“Filled with some of the best contemporary writing on film that you’re likely to find.” – January Magazine A Best of 2006 Book, January 2006

“The choices are idiosyncratic, the arguments for them lively.” – The State, 11/27/05

“There hasn’t been a film book this sexy or fun in years.” – MovieMaker, Winter 2006

From Publishers Weekly
New York Daily News critic Bernard has selected arousing movies varying wildly in quality, from the classic romantic noir Laura to the grotesque Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. What makes the book stimulating is the uniform cleverness of the writing. Jay Carr brings the soft, sensual vividness of The Fabulous Baker Boys to life, noting, “It’s an after-hours nocturne of dead-solid serendipity”; Bernard characterizes Gilda as a “coyly sadistic exercise where sex is a weapon that’s constantly being unsheathed.” There’s loose, tongue-in-cheek humor from Rob Nelson in his review of Eyes Wide Shut (he describes Stanley Kubrick as “one seriously perverse dude”). J. Hoberman’s witty pan of Basic Instinct is delightful, and Liza Schwarzbaum’s enthusiasm for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will create new excitement for the DVD. Best Picture Oscar winners (Rebecca), European classics (Belle du Jour), lightweight musicals (Bye Bye Birdie), thrillers (Klute) and love stories (The Long Hot Summer) are spotlighted, and fine film writers—Joe Morgenstern, Richard Schickel, Peter Travers, Michael Wilmington, Kevin Thomas and David Edelson—tackle them with aplomb. Aspiring critics and cinema fans should savor these essays. (Nov. 1, 2005)

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“… a variety that most critical compilations lack”
— From Booklist —
Acknowledging the timeless appeal of eroticism, members of the National Society of Film Critics extol and explicate the movies they deem the most seductive. Their 80 choices include prestige films that depict sex explicitly (e.g., In the Realm of the Senses, Irreversible), steamy box-office smashes (e.g., Basic Instinct, Klute), Hollywood classics (Laura, Gilda), and porn flicks (Deep Throat, Behind the Green Door). A few critics fess up to early sexual awakening via such seemingly innocuous fare as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Hercules, or make surprising choices, such as The Mummy and the documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. Others sing the praises of sexual icons like Louise Brooks and Ann-Margret. Contributors include some of the best, if not best-known, critics (J. Hoberman, Stuart Klawans, Jonathan Rosenbaum) along with media heavyweight Roger Ebert, who offers a tribute to legendary soft-core director Russ Meyer. Because the selections represent so many genres and nations, the collection has going for it, besides its theme, a variety that most critical compilations lack. Gordon Flagg

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First Films: Illustrious, Obscure and Embarrassing Movie DebutsFirst Films: Illustrious, Obscure and Embarrassing Movie Debuts

(Citadel Press; 1993)

 

Chronicles the first screen appearances of more than 100 actors and directors, including Kevin Costner’s inauspicious debut in Sizzle Beach, USA, Julia Roberts’s uninspiring Blood Red, and Al Pacino’s electrifying cameo in Me, Natalie.

From Library Journal
Bernard, film critic for The New York Post, gives us the scoop on the debuts of more than 100 prominent actors and directors … Whether it’s Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple (1985), Sharon Stone’s bit as “pretty girl on train” in Stardust Memories (1980), or Sylvester Stallone’s venture into soft-core porn, Bernard shows how these major players have built careers from often humble beginnings … Bernard’s research is generally excellent, and she writes with the infectious enthusiasm of the true buff. - David C. Tucker, Brookhaven Lib., Atlanta

Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 


Chick Flicks: A Movie Lover’s Guide to the Movies Women LoveChick Flicks: A Movie Lover’s Guide to the Movies Women Love

(Carol Publishing; 1996)

 

Written with the flair that has made Jami Bernard one of the most influential film critics in the country, Chick Flicks is a celebration of the films women love to watch, cleverly organized into categories, such as Catfights (All About Eve), Emotional Rescue (The Piano), Female Bonding (Enchanted April), Tearjerkers (Ghost), and Funny Girls (When Harry Met Sally …). Illustrated with photos throughout.

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Amazon.com Review
When film critic Jami Bernard thinks about the kinds of movies that appeal to women, she doesn’t always follow the common route. Sure, such classic weepies as Now, Voyager, Brief Encounter, and Waterloo Bridge are included in this guide, as are more modern chick flicks like Working Girl, Sense and Sensibility, and The American President. But Bernard also believes that female audiences have a wilder side that the cinema can unleash. Her defenses of The Hunger, True Lies, and 9 1/2 Weeks as “chick flicks” are intriguing, particularly since these movies were designed to entrance aggressively misogynist men. Bernard covers 75 films in detail, categorizing them under headings like “impossible love,” “hunks,” “emotional rescue,” “catfights,” “funny girls,” and, of course, “female bonding.” – Raphael Shargel


Books & Manuals

Course Books

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Advanced_Memoir_bookAdvanced Memoir:
Find Your Own True Voice

Your half-finished or barely begun manuscript needs TLC. Or maybe CPR.
Self-paced home course from author, editor and media consultant Jami Bernard contains all the proprietary lessons, tools, tips and exercises otherwise available only in Jami’s online course for hundreds of dollars more. Topics include dialogue, narrative tricks, voice/style/tone, transitions, self-editing.

What You Get

Deep understanding of key areas of writing memoir. Excercises to strengthen those muscles, now and in future.

The day Jami’s Advanced Memoir book arrived, I couldn’t stop reading. I had finally found ‘the answer’!

For years I’d bought “how-to-write” books. I thought it was necessary to seek out information on writing from the experts since my educational background was in the medical field. When I registered for Jami Bernard’s Master Workshop, I didn’t hesitate to order Master Class with Jami Bernard: Advanced Memoir, the self-paced course book that was offered in the registration.

This course book is the most valuable book I own second to my Bible. It truly is a writer’s bible to those whose appetite to write a book and get published is insatiable.

Everything from rules of writing to inspiration are included in this book. Most importantly, this book holds all the answers to the secrets of successful writers!

– Danna Nazzarett, writer

Advanced Memoir: $149

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Overcoming Writer's BlockOvercoming Writer’s Block

Write again with ease!
Author, editor and media consultant Jami Bernard breaks down the psychological, behavioral and neurological components of writer’s block to help you get past symptoms, using cutting-edge techniques. This manual contains the proprietary lessons, tools, tips and exercises otherwise available only in Jami’s online workshop.

What You Get

More freedom from agonizing blocks, along with control over how to manage and sidestep them in future. Relief from some or all of the anxiety attached to Writer’s Block, and greater compassion for youself through understanding some of the underlying causes.

Jami helped me discover that I didn’t have Writer’s Block. What I had was an inconsistent schedule, seasonal issues, even hormonal issues. I can slay those dragons!

– Kathleen Evers

Overcoming Writer’s Block: $69

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Writer's NotebookWriter’s Notebook

Specially designed journal has exercises for starting a new project, inspirational quotes from famous writers, and space for notes and brainstorming.

Writer’s Notebook: On Sale for $9.99

 

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