by Joe Putignano

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ISBN-13: 9781937612528
Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 795 KB

About the Author

Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show, Totem, which has just finished touring. He has performed in The Times They Are A-Changin' by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. He was a member of the Junior Olympic team, and since 1987 he has won numerous state and regional championships. Putignano has also appeared on various TV shows and soap operas.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Lepage ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue 1

Section I Backflip

Chapter 1 Sacrum 9

Chapter 2 Lungs 13

Chapter 3 Heart 19

Chapter 4 Lacrimal Bone 23

Chapter 5 Phalanges 29

Chapter 6 Ulna Nerve 35

Chapter 7 Laryngeal Prominence 43

Chapter 8 Skull 49

Chapter 9 Hair and Nails 55

Chapter 10 Muscle 59

Section II Elbow Stand

Chapter 11 Teeth 71

Chapter 12 Skin 79

Chapter 13 Ligaments and Tendons 89

Chapter 14 Eyes 95

Chapter 15 Radial and Ulna Bones 101

Chapter 16 Anatomical Snuff Box 109

Chapter 17 Liver 115

Chapter 18 Tongue 123

Chapter 19 Neurotransmitters 135

Chapter 20 Calvaria 143

Chapter 21 Blood 155

Chapter 22 Cell 161

Chapter 23 Digitus Impudicus 169

Chapter 24 Innominate 179

Chapter 25 Pubic Bone 195

Chapter 26 Cerebrum 205

Chapter 27 Pituitary Gland: Part I 211

Chapter 28 Achilles 221

Chapter 29 Fibula 231

Chapter 30 Platelets 245

Chapter 31 The Central Nervous System 255

Chapter 32 Umbilical Cord 267

Section III Reverse Planche

Chapter 33 The Mind 279

Chapter 34 Spinal Column 293

Chapter 35 Tibia 303

Chapter 36 Pituitary Gland: Part II 313

Chapter 37 DNA 325

Chapter 38 The Human Being 337

Chapter 39 The Soul 349

Epilogue 365

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Acrobaddict 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific book with a great message. The writer really puts his whole story out there and doesn't soften anything. But it's the hard truths in this book that makes his eventually recovery all the more impressive. And his story really shows you that no matter what bad situation you find yourself in you can over come it if you keep trying. While his story itself draws you in, his writing is so good that it really brings everything vividly to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An honest and inspirational story about survival, which will help many people think twice about taking drugs. Putignano's descriptions are extremely vivid and you feel like you are living his life with him. I highly recommend this to anyone who's an addict, or who knows one.
SweetPotatoFries More than 1 year ago
First of all, kudos to Mr. Putignano for pulling himself from the throes of heroin addiction. I read this book because I wanted to understand how people end up addicted and understand what they go through in order to break free of addiction. I can't honestly say that this book was as helpful as I thought it would be for those purposes. Mr. Putignano doesn't seem to think that other people on Earth have their own struggles, he seems to equate working as a waiter as being a slave, he seems to have had a sense of entitlement, and he seems to assume that people who mispronounce his name are doing it to intentionally hurt him. He seems to have no sympathy for overweight people or people who have other evidence of their own struggles. The book could also use some editing. Grammar errors are to be found throughout. The pain that Mr. Putignano refers to throughout the book seems to be mostly pain about what he could have been if he hadn't started spiraling towards drug use when he (perhaps) could have been spiraling upward in the world of gymnastics. But he never seems to consider that other people might have experienced similar regrets on some level.