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July 22, 2010

The Time of My Life - more than your usual Hollywood biography

Narrated in Swayze's voice, The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi is an easy read in which Swayze tells of his life, career and marriage with stirring honesty. Swayze reveals himself to be a passionate and driven man who had more talents than his movies revealed. From football to gymnastics to dancing, singing and acting Swayze always strove to be the best and this determination, along with his relationship with his wife, is what kept him going through serious physical injuries and battles with alcohol and depression. This determination is evident throughout the book as right up to the last page he is still passionately declaring that he will continue to fight for his life after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Sadly Swayze died shortly after completing the book. Reading the book I was glad that Swayze and Niemi took the time to write it before his death as it would have been a great shame if this amazing story was never written in Swayze's own voice, as it has accurately captured a real piece of him for all time.

You can read the book and check out the DVD North and South, the American civil war drama that shot Swayze to fame, at the library.
Kirsty.

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