Happy: A Memoir

Happy: A Memoir

by Alex Lemon
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Happy: A Memoir by Alex Lemon

His freshman year of college, Alex Lemon was supposed to be the star catcher on the Macalester College baseball team. He was the boy getting every girl, the hard-partying kid everyone called Happy. In the spring of 1997, he had his first stroke. For two years Lemon coped with his deteriorating health by sinking deeper into alcohol and drug abuse. His charming and carefree exterior masked his self-destructive and sometimes cruel behavior as he endured two more brain bleeds and a crippling depression. After undergoing brain surgery, he is nursed back to health by his free-spirited artist mother, who once again teaches him to stand on his own.

Alive with unexpected humor and sensuality, Happy is a hypnotic self-portrait of a young man confronting the wreckage of his own body; it is also the deeply moving story of a mother’s redemptive and healing powers. Alex Lemon’s Technicolor sentences pop and sing as he writes about survival—of the body and of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439160497
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alex Lemon was born in Iowa, and lives in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Mosquito (Tin House Books) and Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Happy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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tryingtosurvive More than 1 year ago
This book was unlike any other I memoir I have had the pleasure (or confusion) of reading. I prefer memoirs, I want and need to read stories that are true, no matter how devestating or disturbing they may be. Life can be disturbing, devastating, painful and ugly. Yet, the mojority of these writers find a way to learn to live with the painfully devastating and ugly parts of their lives. They do not simply "GET OVER IT and live happily ever after... that is not reality. This book was interesting because of how original the issues are, especially considering his young age, "Ali" drinks and drugs more than the average college student even though he is aware of his physical issues. The writing was a little confusing to me it seemed to jump around more than any other book I have read. Yet, in the REALISTIC ending, what shines through is that he never gives up...that, along with the amazing love and very strong bond he and his (slightly ADD) Mother share...NO MATTER WHAT, Love prevails (this is not a hopeless romantic speaking, either...the love for her son was/is so real while also so difficult.
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SMULawyer More than 1 year ago
I'd read reviews, so I knew what was going to happen to Lemon, but I could not put it down. His writing, his story--it captivated me. I was mad and terrified and disappointed and angry and nearly every other emotion. Terrific raw story. Intense. Would read his writing again.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
Happy is a real life honest memoir about a hard partying college kid. It could almost be comparable to A Million Little Pieces, except it is real. And not quite so graphic. Alex Lemon is just a kid who comes face to face with his own mortality at the tender age of nineteen. The book is well written and fluid. This memoir almost reads like a novel. Full of coming of age angst and even a little bit of fear. Given the fact that the author is telling his story, you know there is a happy ending, but at what cost?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Lemon does a great job expressing the struggles he faced while trying to cope with his first brain bleed and then his second. The way he tries to mask his pain and fear through drugs and alcohol shows how he has been struggling with not only the present but the past as well. Happy is funny, sad, painful and amazing.