Thursday, June 3, 2010

ONE MORE THEORY ABOUT HAPPINESS: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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ONE MORE THEORY
ABOUT HAPPINESS

BY PAUL GUEST

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paul Guest's's first book, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, won the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry, and his second book, Notes for My Body Double, won the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Award, his latest book is a memoir, One More Theory about Happiness. He lives in Atlanta, GA.

MY REVIEW:

Paul Guest writes an honest, poignant, often times funny, and decisively optimistic memoir in ONE MORE THEORY ABOUT HAPPINESS. I have read more and more memoirs of late and must say I am lucky because most of them have been interesting, entertaining, and engaging stories. ONE MORE THEORY ABOUT HAPPINESS definitely is one of them. The story Paul tells with such eloquence and candidness that you feel you are right beside him as he tells his tale begins with his senseless childhood accident that led to a broken neck when he was only 12. He flipped over the handlebars of a bicycle and landed in a ditch, breaking two vertebrae in his neck, as well as both arms. From his youthful point of view, he describes the accident rather simply but resoundingly full of emotion. He learns early in the post-accident time that he is, and will be, a quadriplegic for life, as his diagnosis was bleak from the start . He is almost reborn into a new life of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, surgeries, and the loss of anything much to have control of, at least physically.

Soon after the accident, Guest was relocated from his home in Chattanooga to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta. There they chose the lesser of two evils in hopes of repairing his broken body somewhat by putting Paul into a fiberglass vest and then placed a ‘halo’ around, and screwed into, his head. I thought the name halo was appropriate for anyone who could stand having their head immobilized by placing screws into his skull to hold it in place. Anyone who endures that must be a saint or angel of some kind. Sadly it didn‘t work and Paul Guest had to have the surgery after all. He spent his rehab time learning to use an electric wheelchair, exercises to try and keep him limber, and adjusting to simple everyday tasks he could no longer do without help. Upon leaving rehab, Paul is sent out to “the real world” and his life returns to as normal as it could be in his condition.

Paul Guest writes about the rest of his adolescence and on into his early adult life with examples of the indignities as well as the special times in such a heart warming manner that you laugh and cry at the same time. I loved the part about him riding the “short bus” for special needs children as my husband drives just such a school bus so I know what it's like. Guest does it with humor and heartbreak, sadness and strength, that is hard to believe. Amazingly Paul Guest keeps his sense of humor even with the pain and anger and humiliation he endures. His strength and spirit allow him to grow to be a valuable human being who is able to participate in and contribute to the world he lives in. This is not a memoir to make you feel sorry for Paul Guest but rather one that allows you to be inspired by him. I will keep reading memoirs if they can all be this good. Kudos to Mr. Guest and thank you for your inspirational and enjoyable memoir.


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159 comments:

Amy said...

I want to read this book because Paul Guest lives and enjoys life despite being a paralyzed man in a wheelchair. As a physically disabled woman, I spend most of my time in a wheelchair although I can walk a little bit but chronic, constant pain often prevents that. I don't have the outlook on life that Paul does although I am working on it. I would love to read his memoir and dicover how he reconciled his disability and built an enjoyable life for himself.

Thank you for a great giveaway!

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Amy said...

I found the poems posted on Paul Guest's website very interesting and intriguing. I wasn't expecting to be treated to his poems right on his blog so it was great to read them. I have always enjoyed poems although never completely understood all that I have read. I find Paul's poems very engaging and interesting.

Thank you!

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Colleen Turner said...

How can you not admire a man who turns his life around after such a tragic accident! I admire his parents as well for refusing to let him wallow and making him go back to school soon after coming home from the hospital. Sounds like a very inspiring story!
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Colleen Turner said...

I learned from his blog that his debut book of poetry, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, won the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize.
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StephTheBookworm said...

I'd like to read this book because I'd like to read about how he has coped with paralysis. A family friend has gone through this 2 years ago after a vicious and random attack and is still trying to learn to walk. I think this would be a helpful and inspiring story to share. I would love to read it and share it with him.

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This amazing and courageous man has strength and determination. He is to be admired. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This sounds like a very inspirational, uplifting book...probably make you very thankful for what you have.
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Margie said...

Guest lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the recipient of a 2007 Whiting Writers' Award.
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a truly inspirational book. I wish I had his outlook on life. And kudos to his parents for re-immersing him into real life so quickly.

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Interesting poetry.

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I had heard of the author and read a few bits of his poetry out there on the web. Your review really made me want to read this book.

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On his website I learned Paul Guest's second collection, Notes for My Body Double, was awarded the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize

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debbie said...

I can relate to one day having a "normal" life, to the next, having a major change in your physical abilities. I wish I could say I did it with as much humor as Paul did, but having intense pain, seems to strip that ability away. I would love to read this book.
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Anonymous said...

I was interested in why the accident happened and his situation affected him. Also if John Ashbury thinks it is a great book it must be.

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Anonymous said...

Paul Guest must had quite a journey going from the bicycle accident to writing books and poetry. He is a great inspiration to anyone who is disabled.

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Benita said...

This sounds like an inspiring story of this man's life. Paul seems to have a good frame of mind.

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Benita said...

I find it interesting that he writes poetry. I too write. It's a wonderful outlet for what ails you.

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Christine H said...

wow, I read your review, how sad about his accident, I don't know how I'd have handled such a thing so young, I was such an outdoorsy kid, I too flew off my bike and was unconscious and not hurt. I'd like to here about his journey.

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amweeks said...

Some of my favorite books are memoirs about folks who have overcome obstacles & led fulfilling lives! This one looks perfect!

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I see that The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Writers' Award, Guest lives in Atlanta, Georgia!

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I have not read anything dealing with paralysis and would like to understand the struggles that come with it better. My fiancee's father had a beam from a barn fall on his back when he was in this late 30's and he too was paraplegic. The fact that he makes peace with it and moves on, doesn't wallow it it, makes for an inspirational life, to others dealing with the same issues and even people {like myself} who are not, but would like to understand it better. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

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It really sounds encouraging and uplifting how he overcame such a tagic event in childhood. Id love to know the theory of happiness!

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Jeff said...

Well It's a story about a boy, I think I can realte to that.
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Jeff said...

I found a couple things interesting, That he wrote 3 books of poetry and also he got his book talked about in the paper and he went down to grap up a bunch myabe all the copies from the news stand.
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JHS. said...

I absolutely plan to read this book (and hope I win it) because I am a civil rights attorney & litigated one of the nation's most notorious cases involving a man with profound disabilities whose wife wanted to pull his feeding tube, thereby bringing about his death. You can read about that case at Robert's Legacy. I have also litigated other cases involving the rights of persons with disabilities and am always interested in learning more about the subject.

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Something interest from Guest's site? That Barnes and Noble selected him to be featured as a great new writer. That's awesome and only makes me more anxious to read his book.

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christina said...

I need a book on happiness, because I haven't been very happy with the way my lifes been going, divorcing and all, even though it was my iodea, thnings arew a little tuff. I think this book will help me see what I have to be happy about things I'm over looking.

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