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The Time of My Life

I almost forgot one of the most enjoyable celebrity autobiographies that I’ve read in years, tainted only by the inevitable outcome.  The Time of My Life by Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze.

I gave back the book I borrowed, so I am relying on the Barnes & Noble website to give us the goods on this very good book:  “In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he’s become one of our most beloved actors.

But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease bring him to his knees, and his bravery has inspired both his legion of fans and cancer patients everywhere. Yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts much more than his bout with cancer. In vivid detail, Patrick describes his Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame with North and South, his commercial breakthroughs in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the soul mate who’s stood by his side through it all: his wife, writer and director Lisa Niemi.

A behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, this memoir is both entertainment and inspiration. Patrick and Lisa’s marriage is a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one–throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they’ve imparted to all who know them. This book will open the door for families, individuals, and husbands and wives to grow, bond and discover entirely new levels of love and sharing, proving that life shouldn’t be lived as a series of endings, but rather as the beginning of greater strength and love.”

I liked him, and I liked that he undertook this project before he passed away and made the details of his life known to us.  He was an interesting man, both ordinary and extraordinary, flawed and perfect, controlled and at times, dangerously out of control.  He wondered if he’d made an impact on this world.  I think he did.  As a story ***3/4 stars.  As a star ***** all the way.

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October 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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