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Publisher's Summary

In a career spanning more than 30 years, the late Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he became one of our most beloved actors. But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease bring him to his knees, and his bravery inspired both his legion of fans and cancer patients everywhere.
Yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts much more than his bout with cancer. In vivid detail, Patrick describes his Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame with North and South, his commercial breakthroughs in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the soul mate who's stood by his side through it all: his wife, writer and director Lisa Niemi.
A behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, this memoir is both entertainment and inspiration. Patrick and Lisa's marriage was a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one--throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they've imparted to all who know and knew them.
This book will open 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.
©2009 Troph Productions (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brenda on 10-06-09

The Time of My Life

Although heartbreakingly sad, it was well done and uplifting. He has always been one of my favortie actors. He is such an example to everyone. He didn't get the poor little me even though he had every reason to. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS LOVELY WIFE.

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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 11-01-09

Patrick Swayze memoir

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had a round trip 10 hour drive and it sure made the time fly! Very entertaining with details on all the ups and downs of first having to give up his first love, dancing, and then persevering to make it in Hollywood. He was a very humble man with insecurities like all of us that endured and shaped his life right up to his too early exit. Most enjoyable and tear jerking was the story of his life long love affair with Lisa Niemi. Their love endured 34 years or so; an eternity in Hollywood. They were very open in discussing their ups, downs, trials and tribulations, that all marriages face, but their mutual respect and love always endured. They told us readers many things that were none of our business. I came away with respect and admiration for them both. Also wished the book had been twice as long!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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