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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir (2022)

de Matthew Perry

Altres autors: Keith Hayes (Dissenyador de la coberta), Lisa Kudrow (Pròleg), Perry Nigel (Fotògraf)

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Biography & Autobiography. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:

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A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY TIME, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, GOODREADS, USA TODAY, AND MORE!
The beloved star of
Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.
"Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead."
So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.
In an extraordinary story that only he could tell??and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it??Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he's found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening??as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.
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The saddest thing about this book is that Matthew never seemed to be able to take the chance of being hurt in interpersonal relationships. Whether that came as a result of his early childhood or was just part of his makeup it ruined him. Instead of taking the risk, he drowned his sorrow and pain in getting high. There's a little bit of a hint at the end that maybe he is willing to give it a try but he died before he could do it. I was left with this sense of just a big waste. ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 21, 2024 |
Addiction is a “big terrible thing” and I hope that any addicts who pick up a copy might learn they are not alone and that there are resources available to help them.

Matthew Perry gives us an overview of his life leading up to the time when he is cast as Chandler Bing in the pilot of the television show most readers know as “Friends.” While we learn about his life between those times when he Is in rehab centers, much of his story is of his struggle with drugs and alcohol. I understand that the fight to come clean is a tough road and imagine that he was every bit as frustrated living this nightmare of repeated addiction as I became by just reading about it. Kudos go to his friends and family members who made the choice to support him in his many efforts to kick the habit.

It takes courage to admit to the kind of life Matthew led….drinking and pills made it impossible to develop a lasting romantic relationship with a woman. He is open about sharing how he wanted to marry and have a family, but that he simply could not commit to anyone.

I admire his honesty, but as much as I really wanted to get caught up in this memoir, that just did not happen. ( )
  catchat | May 20, 2024 |
I really wanted to like this book. Perry was one of my favorite comedy actors early in his career and I was always curious about his story. Unfortunately I feel like he is still struggling with a lot of mental instability here. As I was reading I could help but feel like he was whining a lot, blaming others for a lot of his problems still, and grasping for pity. It’s almost like this was a last ditch effort to keep his name in the spot light, so to speak. It left me feeling sad for him because I don’t think he has really 4th stepped all of his issues (IYKYK). I wish him luck, but I don’t recommend this book. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
You’ll read this in Matthew Perry’s voice. His open honesty and later ability to reflect on his addictions just makes me miss him more. ( )
  pancak | Mar 4, 2024 |
A most tragic story.
Matthew's goal when writing this book was to somehow sway people away from alcohol, pills, and drugs. He wanted his life to have meant something beyond "Friends". Perhaps his struggles will not have been for naught. ( )
  Carmenere | Feb 21, 2024 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:

This program is read by the author.
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY TIME, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, GOODREADS, USA TODAY, AND MORE!
The beloved star of
Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.
"Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead."
So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.
In an extraordinary story that only he could tell??and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it??Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he's found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening??as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

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