Another Shot: How I Relived My Life in Less Than a Year [NOOK Book]


Joe Kita has had a good life. He has been happily married for more than 15 years and has two beautiful children. He is a successful journalist. He has lots of friends. Still, at 40, he wonders about missed opportunities: What would have happened if he had asked out that coed? What if he had learned to surf? What if he'd been nicer to his dog?

Afraid of having the same pangs of regret at age 80 and no longer satisfied with leaving good times to...
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Another Shot: How I Relived My Life in Less Than a Year

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Joe Kita has had a good life. He has been happily married for more than 15 years and has two beautiful children. He is a successful journalist. He has lots of friends. Still, at 40, he wonders about missed opportunities: What would have happened if he had asked out that coed? What if he had learned to surf? What if he'd been nicer to his dog?

Afraid of having the same pangs of regret at age 80 and no longer satisfied with leaving good times to chance. Kita deliberately revisits 20 crossroads in his life and tries to relive them. In Another Shot, he chronicles his crazy year with humor and inspiration. Along the way, he gets to the bottom of what happened to his first car—a beautiful 1979 Camaro—and ponders whether choices really matter and what determines one's place in the world.

Some of Kita's adventures border on the absurd: A lifelong skinny boy, Kita yearns to have six-pack abs, and he's willing to perform almost any exercise to get them. Having never won a large stuffed animal, he heads to a carnival with a wad of bills in hand, determined to leave triumphant.

Other stops on his journey are more common to men his age: He's lost his hair and he wants it back. His sexual peak came and went without him. He's never truly tested his manhood.

More than anything, though, it's his relationships with other people that have affected Kita—and these are the chapters of his life that he is most eager to edit. His relationship with his mother has never been great. His father died before he could say goodbye. His harried work schedule has caused him to miss out on time with his kids. His quest to find God has been unfulfilling.

Regardless of the original regret and its final "outcome," each experience alters Kita's perspective and will alter yours, too. A poetic narrative organized by specific regrets, Another Shot provides an insightful glimpse into the life and mind of a regular guy. It's a tumultuous and sometimes uncomfortable journey. But Kita is hilarious, insightful, and—most of all—inspiring enough to make you ponder: Why not give it another shot?
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Jim Burns
By turns funny and poignant, Kita's account of tilting at the windmills of regret is a winner.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148127994
  • Publisher: Joseph Kita
  • Publication date: 5/7/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JOE KITA has been a professional journalist for more than three decades. He has authored six books, written for numerous national magazines including Men's Health and Reader's Digest, taught writing at Lehigh University, launched magazines in such diverse places as Korea and Kazakhstan, and appeared on Oprah, Montel, Charlie Rose, CNN and other programs.

Joe specializes in writing about health and wellness. Since 2007, he has been splitting his time between his home office in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and teaching memoir writing and yoga for Crystal Cruises. He and his wife, Maria, have sailed around the world six times. For more information visit and
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    Healthy (If Expensive) Ways to Have a Mid-Life Crisis

    Many people in their middle-aged years (often between 35 and 45) decide to recapture their youth. For some, this means divorcing one's spouse and marrying someone much younger. For others, this means taking up sky-diving. Yet others take up landscape painting. In each case, the behavior is a response to the sense that time is getting shorter and that one had better gather some rosebuds while one still can. It was with that presumption about Another Shot that I picked up this book. What I found in this book was different from that sentiment, being rather a kind of desire to seek the perfection that had been missed so far instead of a blind seeking for lost youth. The results as reported here are fascinating. Have you ever wondered what if you had done A instead of B? If so, Another Shot will take you in interesting ways down some of those corridors of second guessing. The book opens with Mr. Kita recounting a story about Jeff Bezos thinking through how Mr. Bezos would look back on his life if he were 80. Mr. Bezos reportedly concluded that he would be better pleased with himself if he had tried great things and failed than if he had never tried very much and succeeded at small things. Mr. Kita was 40 when he had these thoughts about Mr. Bezos's self-examination. In a period of a year, Mr. Kita explored the following 'what ifs' (1) He had not been cut from his high school basketball team. (2) He had become very rich. (3) He had asked a beautiful woman who spoke to him out on a date. (4) He had kept his first car. (5) He had kept his hair and its original color. (6) He had had a good relationship with his mother. (7) He had had a strong religious connection to God. (8) He was still at his sexual peak. (9) He had been able to say good-bye to his father, when he died. (10) He had become a surfer. (11) He had not had to work so hard. (12) He had become a target shooter. (13) He had developed his body into a thing of beauty with exercise. (14) He had overcome his fears of heights and lightning. (15) He had won the big prize in the games at a carnival's midway. (16) He had proven he was a 'real man' in traditional ways. (17) He had taken better care of his health. (18) He had better cared for his first dog. (19) He had found a hero. (20) He had experienced his wedding more intensely. The book is organized around these twenty thoughts, with an afterword that explains the cumulative effect of these searches. Each section reminded me of a George Plimpton book involving a different sport. Mr. Kita shares Mr. Plimpton's talent for finding unlikely ways to experience what seems unattainable. The efforts were often very expensive and time-consuming. In most cases, he was able to get help with the finances, but he had to quit one job to try being totally without work. Mrs. Kita deserves a gold medal for going through this. Before the year was over, Mr. Kita was hiring private detectives to track down cars, trying out for his old basketball team with teenagers, working out with Jack LaLanne, visiting a psychic, hiring a butler, writing to the woman he had met so many years before (she did not reply), going to a 'sexuality playshop' with his wife, taking a grueling survival training course, taking surfing lessons with his son, spending $86 at the carnival, visiting a different church every Sunday with his family, having his whole body imaged and evaluated, going to the gym, going to Hair Club for Men, and retaking his marriage vows at the end of 1999. The results were interesting, but Mr. Kita's observations about the results were even more so. For example, he said that the survival training was so rigorous that he could not really recommend it to anyone, but that it was so life-changing that he felt everyone should do it. I know other people who have said the same thing. In other cases, he realized that you really couldn't go back. But you could go forward and do

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