Read 22 nonfiction books in 2022.
2/22 — The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze with Lisa Niemi Swayze
Now in paperback, the internationally bestselling heartfelt memoir from movie legend Patrick Swayze and his wife of over thirty years, Lisa Niemi, about Patrick’s remarkable career and brave battle against pancreatic cancer.An entertaining and inspiring behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, told in the words of beloved actor Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, shortly before he passed away. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage and screen with his versatility, passion, and fearlessness. Always a fighter, Patrick refused to let the diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer in February 2008 defeat him. Patrick and Lisa’s bravery inspired legions of fans, cancer patients, and their loved ones, yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts so much more. Revealed in vivid detail is Patrick’s Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame, and how his soul mate Lisa stood by his side through it all. The Time of My Life opens the door for families, individuals, and husbands and wives to grow, bond, and discover entirely new levels of love and sharing, proving that life shouldn’t be lived as a series of endings, but rather as the beginning of greater strength and love.
“It’s so hard to judge your own life, to know whether you’ve made a mark in this world. Doing this book was, in part, a quest to find that out for myself.”
I’ve always been in love with the characters Patrick Swayze played – from Johnny Castle to Dalton to Bodhi to Sam Wheat – he always stole the show with his style and class. How refreshing and unsurprising to learn that he truly was a talented and beautiful soul. He revered his father who taught him that having a gentle side doesn’t make you less of a man, it makes you a better one; and you might not always win, but you never, ever give up.
He had such passion and dedication for everything he tried his hand at, acting being just a small part of his persona. He was most at home as a dancer but he was a pilot and a songwriter and a horseman and woodworker too!
Lisa and Patrick ended up getting 22 months together following the actor’s stage iv pancreatic cancer diagnosis — and according to Lisa, her late husband of 34 years fought hard for every single second. (It’s important to note this is not a cancer memoir at all. His diagnosis is brought up only at the end of the book.) Sadly, Patrick Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009.
Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite Patrick Swayze movie or character?
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