One More Theory about Happiness

One More Theory about Happiness : A Memoir

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Paul Guest was twelve years old, racing down a hill on a too big, ancient bicycle, when he discovered he had no brakes. Steering into anything that would slow down the bike, he hit a ditch, was thrown over the handlebars, and broke his neck. "One More Theory About Happiness" follows a boy into manhood, from the harrowing days immediately after his accident to his adult life as a teacher, award-winning poet, and soon-to-be husband. With wit, courage, and an unstoppable drive to live a life of his own creation--stemming in part from his remarkable parents, who insisted he return to school only days after arriving home from the hospital--Paul makes peace with his paralysis. As he grows older, he transforms it with his art, cultivating his lifelong gift for language into a searing poetic sensibility that has earned him praise from the highest ranks of American letters ("Wonderful"-- John Ashbery; "Astonishing"--Jorie Graham; "Fierce and unnerving"--Robert Hass). An unforgettable story--shatteringly funny, deeply moving, and breathtakingly honest--"One More Theory About Happiness" takes us from a body irrevocably changed to a life fiercely cherished.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0061685178
  • 9780061685170
  • 2,206,952

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[An] unbelievable story...[about] an unthinkable situation, a deep level of hell, really. Guest is never self-pitying, never gets sentimental; this is not feel good tripe, or inspirational; it is deeper and more important than that smart and honest and clear eyed and above all, humane. --Charles Bock, bestselling author of BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN
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