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"Writing an honest memoir of one's formative years is not for the faint of heart. In the case of J. Matthew Smith's Jailed By My Father, reading this one is not for the faint of heart, either. Smith takes a childhood full of desire, anguish, ambition, and bravery, and infuses it with hilarious insights on events like child incarceration, drive-through window chicken sandwiches, and roofing with a hangover. I couldn't help but laugh out loud and get teary-eyed, in turn, and I recommend Jailed to anyone who has ever experienced the fine art of "growing up."

— E.M. Crane, Author,  "Skin Deep,"  Winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for Young Adult Fiction



"An often-times funny, sometimes tender, series of vignettes about a young boy's relationship with his father and the world around him. Whether it's wrestling a foul-mouth priest, a hilarious first sex talk between dad and son, or a "special" school girlfriend, Smith's unique take on the world connects with the reader. Each chapter manages to paint a visual picture while moving along at a breezy pace. A highly recommended read from a promising new author."
— Kenneth Lovett, Journalist, Dec. 2007 NYC
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