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Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Through the story of one man who epitomized the dreams of a generation and who faced an untimely death with courage, candor, and dignity. Not Fade Away explores a generation's rite of passage. Unsparing yet hopeful, it argues the supreme importance of seizing joy today and moving unafraid into the future.

Peter Barton protested against the Vietnam War; jammed with Sha Na Na; spent time as a ski bum, a craps dealer, and a political consultant; and eventually emerged from Harvard Business School to become a central figure in the creation of the cable television industry.

In the prime of his life, happily married and the father of three children, Peter came face to face with the greatest challenge in a life filled with risk taking and direction changing. Diagnosed with cancer, he began a journey that was frightening and appalling, yet also full of wonder and discovery.

Not Fade Away recreates that journey in the alternating voices of Peter himself and Laurence Shames, two men close in age yet who have made vastly different choices in life. As friends and co-authors, they relive the high points of years that embody the hopes and strivings of an entire generation and find universal meaning in Peter's confrontation with his own morality.

Review:

"Readers will be knocked out by his honesty and his utter lack of self-pity or sentimentality....Summing up what matters, he reminds us that it is the large and small moments of pleasure and love, those very present moments, that redeem us in the end. This is a very beautiful book about how to live." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Peter Barton and Laurence Shames, the graceful writer he persuaded to help him tell this tale, have produced a worthy monument, a book about how to live, and how to die." Ken Auletta

Review:

"This is a wise, funny, and intensely true book—a generous gift from an amazing guy to those of us who are so busy getting through life that we sometimes forget why we're living. Sooner or later, we'll all make the journey Peter Barton took; now, thanks to him, it doesn't look so scary." Dave Barry

Review:

"A little masterpiece...a book to be read by everyone.... [It] may be the most honest book I have ever read.... Some of [the] phrases and sentences literally took my breath away.... [Not Fade Away] lit up my own mind and spirit—dare I include soul?—to consider my own life and purposes." Jim Lehrer

Review:

"You couldn't know Peter Barton and not know he would face dying in the most adventurous and original way.... This is a book full of insight and comfort, wisdom and hope." Barry Diller

Synopsis:

Look, I don't kid myself that my little death is any more important than those of the five or six billion people who've died before me. And I don't pretend to any special wisdom about what's happening. But that's the whole point, isn't it? I'm just one more person dying, trying to make sense of what I'm going through. . . .

Praise for Not Fade Away

"This is a wise, funny, and intensely true book--a generous gift from an amazing guy to those of us who are so busy getting through life that we sometimes forget why we're living. Sooner or later, we'll all make the journey Peter Barton took; now, thanks to him, it doesn't look so scary."

--Dave Barry

"A little masterpiece. . . a book to be read by everyone. . . . [It] may be the most honest book I have ever read. . . . Some of [the] phrases and sentences literally took my breath away. . . . [Not Fade Away] lit up my own mind and spirit--dare I include soul?--to consider my own life and purposes."

--Jim Lehrer

"You couldn't know Peter Barton and not know he would face dying in the most adventurous and original way. . . . This is a book full of insight and comfort, wisdom and hope."

--Barry Diller

Synopsis:

Some people are born to lead and destined to teach--not by precept, but by the example of living life to the fullest. Peter Barton was that kind of person.

He protested at Columbia University in the 1960s, played soul music at Harlem's Apollo Theater, spent time as a ski bum and a craps dealer, and eventually emerged from Harvard Business School to become a central figure in the creation of cable television. In the prime of his life, happily married and the father of three young children, Peter came face to face with the biggest challenge in a life filled with risk-taking and direction-changing. Diagnosed with cancer, he began a journey both frightening and appalling, yet also full of wonder and discovery.

Not Fade Away recreates that journey in the intimate and alternating voices of Peter and of Laurence Shames--two men close in age yet who've chosen vastly different lives. Together, in a spirit of deepening friendship, they relive the high points of years that embodied the hopes and strivings of an entire generation. With courage, candor, and even humor, they search for meaning in Peter's unflinching confrontation with mortality.

In life, Peter was an overachieving Everyman, a vibrant spirit who showed his peers just how much is possible. In his dying, similarly, he redefines the quietly heroic tasks of seeking clarity in the midst of pain and loss; of breaking through to a highly personal, secular faith; and of achieving peace at last.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579546885
Author:
Shames, Laurence
Publisher:
Rodale Books
Author:
Barton, Peter
Location:
Emmaus Pa.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Diseases - Cancer
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Stomach
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
20030920
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.80x5.90x.85 in. .84 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Rodale Press - English 9781579546885 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Readers will be knocked out by his honesty and his utter lack of self-pity or sentimentality....Summing up what matters, he reminds us that it is the large and small moments of pleasure and love, those very present moments, that redeem us in the end. This is a very beautiful book about how to live."
"Review" by , "Peter Barton and Laurence Shames, the graceful writer he persuaded to help him tell this tale, have produced a worthy monument, a book about how to live, and how to die."
"Review" by , "This is a wise, funny, and intensely true book—a generous gift from an amazing guy to those of us who are so busy getting through life that we sometimes forget why we're living. Sooner or later, we'll all make the journey Peter Barton took; now, thanks to him, it doesn't look so scary."
"Review" by , "A little masterpiece...a book to be read by everyone.... [It] may be the most honest book I have ever read.... Some of [the] phrases and sentences literally took my breath away.... [Not Fade Away] lit up my own mind and spirit—dare I include soul?—to consider my own life and purposes."
"Review" by , "You couldn't know Peter Barton and not know he would face dying in the most adventurous and original way.... This is a book full of insight and comfort, wisdom and hope."
"Synopsis" by ,
Look, I don't kid myself that my little death is any more important than those of the five or six billion people who've died before me. And I don't pretend to any special wisdom about what's happening. But that's the whole point, isn't it? I'm just one more person dying, trying to make sense of what I'm going through. . . .

Praise for Not Fade Away

"This is a wise, funny, and intensely true book--a generous gift from an amazing guy to those of us who are so busy getting through life that we sometimes forget why we're living. Sooner or later, we'll all make the journey Peter Barton took; now, thanks to him, it doesn't look so scary."

--Dave Barry

"A little masterpiece. . . a book to be read by everyone. . . . [It] may be the most honest book I have ever read. . . . Some of [the] phrases and sentences literally took my breath away. . . . [Not Fade Away] lit up my own mind and spirit--dare I include soul?--to consider my own life and purposes."

--Jim Lehrer

"You couldn't know Peter Barton and not know he would face dying in the most adventurous and original way. . . . This is a book full of insight and comfort, wisdom and hope."

--Barry Diller

"Synopsis" by ,
Some people are born to lead and destined to teach--not by precept, but by the example of living life to the fullest. Peter Barton was that kind of person.

He protested at Columbia University in the 1960s, played soul music at Harlem's Apollo Theater, spent time as a ski bum and a craps dealer, and eventually emerged from Harvard Business School to become a central figure in the creation of cable television. In the prime of his life, happily married and the father of three young children, Peter came face to face with the biggest challenge in a life filled with risk-taking and direction-changing. Diagnosed with cancer, he began a journey both frightening and appalling, yet also full of wonder and discovery.

Not Fade Away recreates that journey in the intimate and alternating voices of Peter and of Laurence Shames--two men close in age yet who've chosen vastly different lives. Together, in a spirit of deepening friendship, they relive the high points of years that embodied the hopes and strivings of an entire generation. With courage, candor, and even humor, they search for meaning in Peter's unflinching confrontation with mortality.

In life, Peter was an overachieving Everyman, a vibrant spirit who showed his peers just how much is possible. In his dying, similarly, he redefines the quietly heroic tasks of seeking clarity in the midst of pain and loss; of breaking through to a highly personal, secular faith; and of achieving peace at last.

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