The Talk Show - A Novel
TransÜber, 2014
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Someone is following Jack Winthrop - most likely the gunman who tried to kill America's most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed to collaborate on Jones' national "Emancipation Tour." The plan is to bring Jones' passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality.

Steeped in the seamy underbelly of New York City, The Talk Show is a fast-paced and mordantly funny thriller that examines how the forces of nihilism threaten our yearning for love, family and acceptance.

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Free Air, Poems
TransÜber, 2014
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Joe Wenke on Free Air: "The poems are very entertaining. Each one is like a little surprise package for the reader to open up. If you enjoy experiencing little epiphanies and revelations about a variety of subjects, including freedom, equality, mortality, troubled relationships, human identity, love and the mysteries of existence, then these poems are for you."

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Papal Bull - An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the Catholic Church
TransÜber, 2013
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Recovering Catholics, rejoice! Joe Wenke, disciple of such brilliant and provocative social critics as Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher and George Carlin, has taken on the Catholic Church with PAPAL BULL: An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the Catholic Church. Wenke bares the scars of his Catholic childhood and exposes the bizarre, absurd and downright frightening skeletons lingering in the Vatican closet. Following in the same hilarious, intellectual vein as YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! A Radical Satire of The Bible, Wenke confronts the epic hypocrisy of the Catholic Church in a no-holdsbarred examination of its history, practices and beliefs. Equal parts revelation, inquisition and humor, PAPAL BULL will make you rethink what you thought you knew about the Catholic Church.

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You Got to Be Kidding - A Radical Satire of The Bible
TransÜber, 2013
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As irreverent and funny as the musical The Book of Mormon, Joe Wenke's YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! A Radical Satire of The Bible is an engaging, provocative and hilarious investigation into the bestselling book of all time. Writing to "cause trouble," Dr. Wenke - a keen observer of human gullibility - forces readers to reexamine the stories they think they know about The Bible. Drawing upon the same pool of incendiary and cerebral humor as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and the late, great George Carlin, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! is a call for humor to restore our sanity and our ability to think for ourselves.
"Brave, brilliant and funny."

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Mailer's America
TransÜber, 2013
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"Essential reading for all who have enjoyed Mailer's work."
-J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life

Dr. Joe Wenke reissues his landmark study of Norman Mailer with a new Preface assessing the importance of Mailer and his work. According to Mike Lennon, author of Mailer: A Double Life, "the reissue of Joseph Wenke's thoughtful study, Mailer's America, provides renewed hope for a deeper nderstanding of Mailer's work. No other commentator has focused so relentlessly on the deepest purpose of Mailer's hugely varied oeuvre, namely to 'clarify a nation's vision of itself.' Wenke's examination inhabits, patrols and maps the territory between the millennial promise of America and its often dispiriting actuality. His study contains probing, nuanced and careful examinations of all Mailer's work though the mid-1980s, including one of the first major examinations of Mailer's most demanding novel, Ancient Evenings. Wenke's book deserves a wide audience, and is essential reading for all who have enjoyed Mailer's work."

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