Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Patrick Hinds has failed. A lot. In fact, he’s kind of an expert at it—which is why he’s uniquely qualified to say that failure is a good thing.
On paper, the chubby, poor, gay son of a lesbian who wrote pornographic letters to Jesus isn’t the person that you think of when you hear the word “success.” Yet Patrick Hinds has somehow managed to bungle his way through to become the successful co-host of True Crime Obsessed—a podcast with more than 200 million downloads.
Before that, though, he failed at many, many things. Patrick’s life is a series of fiascos, missteps, and just plain bad ideas. An eternal optimist, he’s always thrown himself into everything he’s done, even when he probably shouldn’t have. He devoted himself to becoming an actor even though he was terrible, started a daycare even though he hated kids, and somehow had a disastrous time with Bea Arthur . . . even though he couldn’t be gayer.
Both heartfelt and hilarious, Failure Is Not Not an Option lets Patrick’s signature storytelling style shine—and it’s also the only book to bravely and definitively declare:
1: Failing simply means that you tried (and if you try enough, eventually success will be an option, too).
2: Ted Bundy is. Not. Hot.
By trying, and yes, failing at so many things, Patrick finally found his way—to a great career, a great husband, and a great family. Along the way, there were hurdles to jump, unexpected surprises, and no shortage of laughter. Failure is Not NOT an Option is a fun and outrageous read that will raise you up—and provide a soft landing pad for the next time you fall.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Building on the success of True Crime Obsessed, in 2020, Patrick launched The Obsessed Network with his husband Steve Tipton. Since the creation of the network, Patrick and Steve have overseen the production of several popular original podcasts including I Think Not!, Strange and Unexplained, Murder in Alliance, and Crimes of the Centuries. In 2022, the network launched Obsessed Fest, a terribly fun annual convention of podcast enthusiasts and creators. Follow Patrick on Instagram and TikTok: @Patrickhinds_
What People are Saying About This
“Failure Is Not NOT an Option is the real deal. One of life’s great lessons is to never give up on yourself, and this book is that mantra personified. Patrick’s honesty, huge heart, and humor shine through. It’s a great read that will leave you uplifted and inspired.”
—Bridget Everett, actress, comedian, singer, and star of HBO’s Somebody Somewhere
“Patrick’s story is just like the man himself: hilarious, loving, generous, exhausting, brilliant, endlessly entertaining, and ridiculously fun. He is living proof that every so-called failure is another chance to master something even more important: life.”
—Martha Plimpton, Emmy Award–winning actress and activist
“Not all of us are blessed with the relentless, indefatigable, never-give-up gene that propelled Patrick to approach and conquer a less-than-welcoming world with his wonderfully open and vulnerable heart . . . Knowing Patrick, it’s no surprise that his memoir is funny, funny, funny. What I didn’t expect was to find myself cheering lustily for him as I approached the final pages of his deliciously entertaining, deeply personal book with tears running down my cheeks.”
—Eric Marcus, founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast
“I cannot count the number of times I laughed out loud reading Patrick's hilarious, heartfelt memoir, and my amazement at learning we had so much in common . . . Reading this book is like spending time with the sweetest, funniest friend you have and not wanting it to end. You'll find yourself rooting for Patrick through every failure, and falling in love with his big, gay heart.”
—Rabia Chaudry, attorney and author of Adnan's Story and Fatty Fatty Boom Boom