One More Theory About Happiness: A Memoir

One More Theory About Happiness: A Memoir

by Paul Guest


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ISBN-13: 9780061685187
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 681,509
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul Guest is the author of three poetry collections, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, which won the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry; Notes for My Body Double, which won the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize; and My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge. The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Award, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Charles Bock

“[An] unbelievable story...[about] an unthinkable situation, a deep level of hell, really. Guest is never self-pitying, never gets sentimental; this is not feel good tripe, or inspirational; it is deeper and more important than that—smart and honest and clear eyed and above all, humane.”

Bret Lott

“I read this book in one sitting....Heartbreakingly funny, pitilessly honest, [this] is above all a quiet and bold and loving work of art that renders beautifully what it means to live. You must read this book.”

Said Sayrafiezadeh

“Sweet and beautiful and wrenching. By so generously providing a window into his own difficult experience, Guest shows us how profoundly fragile the human body truly is, how quickly our lives can be changed forever...and most importantly, how it’s possible to create a new definition of wholeness.”

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One More Theory about Happiness 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bjmitch on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This memoir by a quadriplegic is written factually, without niceties or minced words, about his life since an accident when he was 12 years old changed his life forever. He writes almost without emotion, wanting no pity, but needing to tell his story. After his bike accident, two men picked him up and only put him down because they saw his head loll to the side. He'll never know if that action caused more damage, but probably the die was cast anyway.We've all looked at such a person and wondered about their daily life. Well, here it is; straight talk, factual. Despite his efforts, the reader feels terribly for him having to have absolutely everything done for him. Through courage and daily facing of reality, Guest finished college and found work. Best of all, he discovered writing and after beginning with poetry, has written five books now. And another victory, he dealt with insecurity with girls and is now engaged. I'm glad I read his book.
JackieBlem on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Paul was a gifted, smart, but regular kid, at least until his 6th grade graduation party. That day, a ride on a bicycle with failing brakes left him with a broken neck and no feeling below his shoulders. One More Theory About Happiness is about finding a way to a new life when the one you thought you'd live is impossible. Paul takes small strides in his physical recovery and turns them into profound ways to participate in and add to the world around him. This book is no "poor me" story. Rather, it's the tale of becoming more than you thought you could be with less than you thought you had.
nyiper on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Paul Guest is writing from a place you would never, ever, choose to be and yet there he is, amazingly wonderful in expressing how it is to be there. "You need to walk in my shoes" to know what someone's life is all about--- "walking" being precisely the wrong word to use in this case----is exactly what this book helps to do. Paul completely understands peoples' hesitations in dealing with him because he has so many of his own. He could write much more about his own personal life experiences because there is so much we can learn from someone who is so capable, intelligent, expressive, etc., etc.
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george-sydney-moncrief More than 1 year ago
Not exactly a memoir in my opinion but nonetheless a compelling read. I felt as if i was left wanting more which i guess is the intent of any author. Many great stories have been left out........maybe a part 2 .....perhaps? I recommend this book emphatically to all!