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One More Theory About Happiness

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One More Theory About Happiness

A Memoir
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"In these lyrical, searing pages, Guest manages to break our hearts and put them back together again."
—Ann Hood

In the tradition of Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face, One More Theory About Happiness is a bold and original memoir from the acclaimed, Whiting Award-winning poet Paul Guest, author of My Index of Horrifying Knowledge. A remarkable account of the accident that left him a quadriplegic, and his struggle to find independence, love, and a life on his own terms, One More Theory About Happiness has been praised by Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, as, "Smart and honest and clear eyed and above all, humane."

"In these lyrical, searing pages, Guest manages to break our hearts and put them back together again."
—Ann Hood

In the tradition of Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face, One More Theory About Happiness is a bold and original memoir from the acclaimed, Whiting Award-winning poet Paul Guest, author of My Index of Horrifying Knowledge. A remarkable account of the accident that left him a quadriplegic, and his struggle to find independence, love, and a life on his own terms, One More Theory About Happiness has been praised by Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, as, "Smart and honest and clear eyed and above all, humane."

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  • 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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  • New York Review of Books

    "Guest's poems combine furious rage with furious excitement in long, breathless lines that, at the last possible moment, break."

  • New York Times Book Review

    "Guest writes more directly than ever before about his paralysis.... Guest's work, which cannot redeem his brokenness or ours...makes something beautiful out of it. And that is enough."

  • Dallas Morning News

    "[Guest] tells his story in short scenes that break to white space before they might prompt pity. He zigzags before we might hold him up as an example, a symbol...His memoir voice is gentle and matter-of-fact. His details are astounding and unforgettable."

  • Los Angeles Times

    "Guest remembers; gently, carefully, painfully, each new milestone from the accident forward. He is blessed with a sharp sense of humor...it is an effervescent book: irrepressible, buoyant."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "Never mawkish or grim, Guest's lyrical narrative ability tempers the heft of his experience, but the tender age at which he endured this grueling ordeal resonates on every page. Inspiring and courageous."

  • Bret Lott, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "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, author of WHEN SKATEBOARDS WILL BE FREE

    "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."

  • Charles Bock, bestselling author of BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN

    "[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."

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer

    "[A] tightly written, candid memoir...[Guest] unearths a poet's faculty for succinct, smart description, narrating his own life in this memoir as a surprisingly dispassionate observer."

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    "[A] graceful and unflinching account....a remarkable journey that Guest, who possesses a dark sense of the absurd and an eye for the vulnerability of both the injured and the whole, presents in scenes that run the gamut from the horrific to the sublime."

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