Search - List of Books by John Thorndike

John Thorndike (born November 6, 1942 in New York City) is an American writer who lives in Athens, Ohio. He grew up in Westport, Connecticut, graduated from Harvard in 1964, took an MA in English from Columbia in 1966, and spent two years in El Salvador in the Peace Corps. After seven years in Latin America, he returned to the U.S., settled in Ohio and farmed for ten years.

His first book was the novel Anna Delaney’s Child, about a woman whose nine-year-old son dies in a car crash.

His second novel was The Potato Baron, about the owner of a large potato farm in northern Maine who must choose between his wife...who wants to live somewhere other than Aroostook County...and the life he loves on his ancestral land.

Thorndike’s third book was a memoir, Another Way Home, about raising his son after his wife became schizophrenic.

His most recent book, The Last of His Mind: A Year in The Shadow of Alzheimer’s, will be published by Swallow Press, a division of Ohio University Press, in October 2009. It’s a memoir of the year he spent looking after his father, Joseph J. Thorndike...the managing editor of Life from 1946-49 and a founder of American Heritage and Horizon he lost his memory, language, self-awareness, and ultimately his life.


1. Anna Delaney’s Child - Hardcover: 273 pages, Macmillan (1986), ISBN 0-02-618390-0. Paperback: 273 pages; Plume (1987), ISBN 0-452-25998-3

2. The Potato Baron - Hardcover: 284 pages, Villard (1989), ISBN 0-394-57712-4

3. Another Way Home: A Single Father’s Story - Hardcover: 245 pages, Crown (1996), ISBN 0-517-70542-7; Paperback: 245 pages, Penguin (1997), ISBN 0-14-026570-8

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Total Books: 12
The Last of His Mind A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer's
The Last of His Mind A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer's
Another Way Home A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness
1997 - Another Way Home a Family's Journey Through Mental Illness (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140265705
ISBN-10: 0140265708
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Another Way Home A Single Father's Story
1996 - Another Way Home a Single Father's Story (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517705421
ISBN-10: 0517705427
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

The Potato Baron
1991 - The Potato Baron (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517068434
ISBN-10: 0517068435

1990 - The Potato Baron (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780861889266
ISBN-10: 0861889266

The Potato Baron
1989 - The Potato Baron (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394577128
ISBN-10: 0394577124
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Anna Delaney's Child
1987 - Anna Delaney's Child (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452259980
ISBN-10: 0452259983
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Anna Delaney's Child
1986 - Anna Delaney's Child (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780026183901
ISBN-10: 0026183900
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

Another Way Home
Another Way Home [Niagara Large Print Hardcovers] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708958575
ISBN-10: 0708958575