More About the Author
Chip Jacobs is the Los Angeles-area author of six books and a former journalist.
His upcoming release is STRANGE AS IT SEEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF GORDON ZAHLER (Rare Bird Books - January 2016), the zigzagging biography of a Hollywood dreamer-schemer who lived outrageously in a ticking time-bomb of a body. Critics have praised Jacobs' account of him as "brilliant and uplifting," told with "dramatic flair and detached fairness."
Prior to that was THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS (Rare Bird Books - November 2015 ) with William J. Kelly, a spirited examination of China's descent into arguably the most polluted society in recorded history, and how its carbon gluttony may push climate change to a heat-scorching point of no return. Booklist magazine awarded it a starred review and included it on its top 10 book on sustainability. Foreword Reviews gave it its highest rating, nominated it for an IndieFab Book of the Year Award, and named it to its top ten books on climate-change solutions. Reviewers have tabbed the environmental deconstruction "outstanding," "sharp, vivid ... a surprisingly enjoyable read, and "a scathing denunciation" of America's deindustrialization. It scored gold at the Green Book Festival, silver at the Los Angeles Book Festival, and been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huff-Post Live, among other coverage. The Central Party School Publishing House will release a Mandarin version in August 2015.
Before that came THE VICODIN THIEVES: BIOPYSING L.A.'S GRIFTERS, GLORYHOUNDS AND GOLIATHS (Rare Bird Book - April 2013), a collection of 29 of Jacobs' top narrative, investigative and opinion journalism previously published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Daily News of Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly, and other outlets. The true-crime thriller with a dark-comedy tincture, THE ASCENSION OF JERRY: MURDER, HITMEN AND THE MAKING OF L.A. MUCKRAKER JERRY SCHNEIDERMAN, (Rare Bird Books - March 2012) was Jacobs' third book. Critics have called the story of an everyman's stumble into a murder triangle filled with hapless assasins "terrific," "pitch-perfect" and "enthralling." Both THE VICODIN THIEVES AND THE ASCENSION OF JERRY earned local literary prizes.
Jacobs first environmental book was the acclaimed SMOGTOWN: THE LUNG-BURNING HISTORY OF POLLUTION IN LOS ANGELES (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA - November 2008) with William J. Kelly. The prestigious Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards and Green Book Festival honored this bestselling work with a silver medal, and the city of Santa Monica bestowed it with the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Booklist magazine, which gave Smogtown a starred review, named it one of the best environmental books of 2008. The Los Angeles Times called the work "sexy," Publishers Weekly crowned it "powerful" and "accessible," with others lauding it as "meticulous," "highly engaging" and "provocative and zany." The bestselling Mandarin version, released by The Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, was voted "The Most Influential Book in China - 2014" and scooped up two other awards there.
Besides these commercially available books, Jacobs also penned the BLACK WEDNESDAY BOYS, a privately distributed biography of Stephen Hinchliffe, Merle Banta and their former company, The Leisure Group. Readers interested in their extraordinary past may contact the author.
Jacobs is currently at work on his debut novel. Please visit chipjacobs.com to learn more.