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Another Shot: How I Relived My Life in Less Than a Year
     

Another Shot: How I Relived My Life in Less Than a Year

by Joe Kita, Rick Hanson
 

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"If you ever wanted a second chance, if you ever wanted to do it all over and do it right, then listen to Joe Kita. He did it for all of us." (Regis Philbin)

We all have our regrets, but rarely do we give ourselves a chance to try to do anything about them. After turning forty, Joe Kita set out to relive his top-twenty personal regrets. In Another Shot<

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"If you ever wanted a second chance, if you ever wanted to do it all over and do it right, then listen to Joe Kita. He did it for all of us." (Regis Philbin)

We all have our regrets, but rarely do we give ourselves a chance to try to do anything about them. After turning forty, Joe Kita set out to relive his top-twenty personal regrets. In Another Shot he recounts his adventures-from the hilarious to the poignant. Dismayed that he may have missed his sexual peak, he convinces his wife to enroll with him in sex camp. Bemoaning the selling of his first love, a powerhouse Camaro, he hires a private detective to find it. Still smarting from the sting of getting cut from his high school basketball team, he convinces his alma mater's coach to let him try out for the squad again-more than twenty years later.

Above all, though, it's Kita's relationships with his family that haunt him. His interaction with his mother has always been strained, and he attempts to understand her by taking her out for a special night. Kita even tries to get in touch with his late father through a medium because he never got to say goodbye. At once witty and profound, Another Shot offers a glimpse into the hopes and worries of a regular guy and speaks to everyone about not letting regrets keep us from enjoying the rest of our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As he approached 40, veteran journalist Kita (Wisdom of Our Fathers) decided to revisit his greatest missed opportunities. It's a terrific conceit and, within the limits of his 20 specific regrets (from "losing my hair" to "working my life away"), Kita pulls it off with wit and aplomb. After two months of conditioning, he works out with his alma mater's high school basketball team and is told that this time he wouldn't have been cut. He and his wife attend a workshop for lovers (for which he happily paid $1,000 and would do so again before spending another $10 on a Viagra pill), allowing them to have "the best sex of our married livesand with each other, no less." They also renew their vows in a ceremony far more satisfying than their overstressed wedding. Even when his quests don't pan out, Kita finds peace: so what if he can't recover that first Camaro, or if that woman he was too shy to approach in college won't return his letter? Basically a happy guy (okay, without those elusive washboard abs), Kita doesn't often stray toward seriousness, though he laments not having said good-bye to his father, who died at 62 (and tries to revisit him via a psychic); he also takes a day trip with his Mom to try to repair some long-standing rifts. In his conclusion, Kita lists some regrets he hasn't yet pursued that might make for a deeper challenge (e.g., moving out of the valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania where he's lived all his life and becoming fluent in a foreign language). Though he achieves some heady moments of satisfaction and introspection, some readers may be left wishing that Kita, who never in his 40 years has found a hero more compelling than Jack LaLanne, had written a darker, more thoughtful book. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Jim Burns
By turns funny and poignant, Kita's account of tilting at the windmills of regret is a winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142000618
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/26/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kita is a writer for Men's Health magazine. A journalist for more than twenty years, he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 1997.

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