A Paper Orchestra

What if the smallest, almost forgotten moments were the ones that shaped us most?

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In his debut collection of personal essays, Emmy-nominated screenwriter Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me, Beavis and Butt-Head, Wilfred, Maron, Rules of Engagement, Tacoma FD) recounts the true stories of a sensitive, anxious man searching for the things that are most important: identity, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

A cross between David Sedaris and Neil Simon, Michael discovers his unlikeliest moments of growth: he fakes his way onto a college-football team to experience a moment of grace; breaks up with a woman because she can’t stop saying “just kidding”; gets caught lying during a Hollywood power meeting; takes advantage of the pandemic lockdown to repair his relationship with his daughters.

Audaciously funny yet achingly poignant, A Paper Orchestra will have you rethinking the smallest, almost forgotten moments of your life.

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About The Author

Michael Jamin, Author of A Paper Orchestra

Michael Jamin has been a television writer/showrunner since 1996. His many credits include King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head, Just Shoot Me, Wilfred, Maron, Rules of Engagement, Out of Practice, Brickleberry, Glenn Martin DDS, and Tacoma FD. A graduate of Princeton University, Michael lives in Los Angeles.

On social media, he shares his experiences working in Hollywood under the handle @MichaelJaminWriter.

Michael has been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, The Guardian, CNN, The Washington Post and more.

"Tooth and Nail... An artist finds their voice."

"My favorite book of the year! This one will be hard to dethrone. I work in a creative field and this book of personal essays really hit home for me..."

Gus

Reviewed 3-19-24

"Fun, entertaining, enthralling call it what you will."

"What a great fun book and awesome listen. I don't think I've listened to another book and thought "aw it's over." It truly left me wanting more..."

Juan

Reviewed 3-15-24

"I laughed, I cried, I might even have snorted."

"I ordered the book, but I couldn't wait for it to get here, so I've been listening to the audio book.

Guys, you have to get the audio book!"

Alyssa

Reviewed 3-26-24

"After engaging with his TikTok content for over a year and a half now, I was more than excited to buy Michael Jamin's memoir. If anything, I was ecstatic. After an impulse buy at 2 in the morning, let me just say that my anticipation was certainly worth it."

Hope Carrubba

Reviewed 2-06-24

"Fun, entertaining, enthralling call it what you will."

"I bought your book without expectations and I bought it primarily because I watch your free and endlessly patient answer to people's questions about screenwriting and I felt that it was the least I could do..."

Robyn Campbell

"Better than Sedaris"

"It takes a lot to pique my interest, but even more to hold it. I knew from page one, that I wouldn't be able to put this book down and I didn't. You know you need to do things on the weekend, like grocery shopping, but then you have this book..."

Dena Smith

Reviewed 3-03-24

"This book is a gem"

"I can't remember the last time a book so engrossed me. Michael Jamin must be one of the bravest writers I've ever read to expose his vulnerabilities and shortcomings, warts and all, in this collection of entertaining and heartfelt essays..."

Dennis Copelan

Reviewed 2-19-24

"A Nicholas Sparks meets Jerry Seinfeld kind of reading"

"Beware: After reading Michael's collection of short stories, you may feel compelled to rethink the seemingly most underwhelming moments of your life and realize these were what shaped you into the person you are today..."

Hunter-77Letters

Reviewed 2-20-24

"A critical self-examination that evokes both laughter and tears. I highly recommend it."

"A Paper Orchestra by Michael Jamin is a touching and humurous piece of introspection. I enjoyed the book so much that I also listened to his self-narrated audiobook, which made the experience even more fun and engaging..."

R. Lord

Reviewed 2-06-24

    Marc Maron

    "As one of the head writers for my tv show Maron, Michael was essential in helping me portray myself honestly. I'm very happy and impressed that he was able to apply his craft to himself. It's not easy to put your authentic you out there. Michael did a beautiful job of it with A Paper Orchestra."

    Marc Maron
    Laura San Giacomo

    "It’s hard to see the letters I’m typing because my eyes are still misty. Michael was a writer on a show I did, and I know he’s funny. That’s his gift and profession. I did laugh out loud—that I expected. But what I appreciated the most was being led into his thoughts, down the path to his deepest confessions and deepest loves. Good storytelling also leads us to ourselves, our memories, our beliefs. Personal and powerful. I loved the journey."

    Laura San Giacomo
    John Mayer

    "Fantastic... It's multi-timbral. It runs all levels of the pyramid at the same time. His knockout punches are stinging sincerity."

    John Mayer
    Steve Levitan, Showrunner

    "Keen, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking insights from an astute and twisted observer of everyday life."

    Steve Levitan
    Co-creator, Modern Family. Creator, Just Shoot Me
    Judy Greer, Actor
    "While I was laughing out loud, my heart was breaking... Tragedy and comedy in one."
    Judy Greer
    John Altschuler, Writer

    "A Paper Orchestra is a joy.  It is funny but with a depth and resonance that is a revelation… I loved this book.”

    John Altschuler, co-Creator, Silicon Valley
    Max Mutchnick, Writer

    “As the father of daughters, I found Michael's understanding of parenting and the human condition to be spot-on. This book is a fantastic read!”

    Max Mutchnick
    Co-creator, Will & Grace
    Dave Krinsky, Writer

    "Michael Jamin was always one of the fastest guys in the writer's room with the perfect joke. Now, reading his book A Paper Orchestra I realize he can also write honest and powerful stories that stick with you long after reading them. So, in true Hollywood fashion, I must now root against him."

    Dave Krinsky
    Showrunner, King of the Hill
    Jon Aibel, Writer

    "A hilarious and heartfelt collection of stories. I give it my highest praise -- I wish I had written it."

    Jon Aibel
    Writer, Kung Fu Panda
    Steve Lemme, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

    "I found myself laughing and loving the wit which Michael Jamin tells his stories, only to be blindsided by his incredibly emotional, poignant confessions that hit me at the core."

    Steve Lemme
    Broken Lizard
    David Litt, Writer

    A Paper Orchestra is just the kind of book that makes you hate yourself for not writing yourself. It’s at times funny and at others sad, and sometimes manages to catch you off guard by being both at the same time. It’s a thought provoking, witty, and engaging look at human nature and the way we often treat each other.”

    David Litt
    Co-Creator, King of Queens
    Kevin Heffernan,

    "With A Paper Orchestra, Michael effortlessly achieves the big three as a writer. He's smart, heartfelt and very funny.”

    Kevin Heffernan
    Super Troopers, Beerfest, Tacoma FD
    Booklife Reviews

    “Brisk, engaging storytelling and dialogue…. A Paper Orchestra offers as many heart-tugging moments as laughs.”

    BookLife
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    Reedsy

    “An honest, sometimes excruciatingly so, collection of personal essays, which is also incredibly witty and made this reader laugh out loud.”

    Reedsy
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Those who appreciate the power of simple stories to tell us about human nature… or who are bewitched by a storyteller who has mastered his craft, will find a delightful collection of vignettes.… A lovely anthology that strikes a perfect balance between humor and poignancy.”

    Kirkus
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    Hand-signed by Michael Jamin

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