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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jay Amberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Amberg lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jay Amberg is the author of eleven books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972.His latest book, Bone Box, is now available from Amika Press. Amberg has also published Cycle, America’s Fool, Whale Song, and compiled 52 Poems for Men. Prior to Amika Press, Amberg published thriller novels Doubloon (Forge), Blackbird Singing (Forge) and Deep Gold (Warner Books).Among his books on teaching are School Smarts and The Study Skills Handbook, published by Good Year. Amberg wrote The Creative Writing Handbook (Good Year) with Mark Henry Larson and Verbal Review and Workbook for the SAT (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) with Robert S Boone.

Published Works

  • Verbal Review and Workbook for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, Harcourt, 1982
  • Deep Gold, Warner Books, 1991
  • The Creative Writing Handbook, Good Year Books, 1992
  • The Study Skills Handbook, Good Year Books, 1993
  • The Learning Skills Handbook: Eagerness to Learn and Knowledge of How to Learn are Far More Important than Ability, Good Year Books, 1993
  • School Smarts: Two Thousand Things Students Need to Know, Good Year Books, 1996
  • Blackbird Singing, Forge Books, 1998
  • Fifty Two Poems for Men, Amika Press, 2001
  • Doubloon, Forge Book, 2003
  • Whale Song, Amika Press, 2011
  • America's Fool: Las Vegas & The End of the World, Amika Press, 2011. 2nd Ed. Edition
  • Cycle, Amika Press, 2012
  • Bone Box, Amika Press, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Verbal review and workbook for the scholastic aptitude test /
ISBN: 0156000881. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. New York :. ©1982.

Deep gold /
ISBN: 0446360570. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. ©1991.

The creative writing handbook /
ISBN: 067336013x. OCLC Number:

GoodYearBooks,. Glenview, Ill. :. ©1992.

Explaining how to write narratives, fiction, and poetry, this guide offers examples of professional and student writing, a step-by-step writing process, and pre-writing and editing activities.

The study skills handbook /
ISBN: 1596472308. OCLC Number:

GoodYearBooks,. Glenview, Ill. :. ©1993.

The learning skills handbook /
ISBN: 0673360989. OCLC Number:

GoodYear Books,. Glenview, Ill. :. ©1993.

School smarts :
ISBN: 0673361365. OCLC Number:

GoodYearBooks,. Glenview, IL :. ©1994.

"The invaluable desk-top reference helps you study more effectively with more than 2,000 alphabetically arranged entries in language arts, history, math, science, music, and art. Entries were derived from textbooks currently in use across the curriculum. It's the perfect tutor; helping you with 'school words.'"

Blackbird singing /
ISBN: 0312865546. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1998.

After kidnaping the daughter of a TV anchorwoman, a Chicago man turns the event into a media circus by making no ransom demand and posting nude pictures of the girl on the Internet. Detective Tom Hopkins discovers the kidnaper is getting back at his mother. By the author of Deep Gold.

Fifty-two poems for men /
ISBN: 0970841604. OCLC Number:

Amika Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. ©2001.

Doubloon /
ISBN: 0765301008. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2003.

Passion, greed, and the allure of sunken treasure in the Florida Keys.

America's fool :
ISBN: 0970841671. OCLC Number:

Amika Press,. Northfield, IL :. ©2011.

Cycle /
ISBN: 1937484009. OCLC Number:

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Bone box /
ISBN: 1937484270. OCLC Number:

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On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead. The box's Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archeologist who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary. She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics - and to suppress the box's other contents, documents that could alter Western history.



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