Synopses & Reviews
Follow the author as he goes on a harrowing journey from the US Olympic Training Center to homeless shelters to shooting heroin on the job to being declared dead. This story goes beyond addiction. It is about the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and how that spirit can redeem each and every one of us by helping to push us through the darkness, whether the darkness is from death, divorce, or the disease of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a story about the close relationship between athletics and drug addictionhow the same energy, obsession, and dedication that can create an Olympic athlete can also create a homeless drug addict.
Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show Totem. He has performed in The Times They Are A'changin' by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. Since 1987 he has won numerous state and regional gymnastics championships. Putignano has been featured on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Human Factor, a CNN show that profiles survivors who have overcome the odds.
"After reading former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister yet intoxicating memoir of addiction, recovery, and more addiction, you wind up feeling like one of his closest friends. The first-time author, who now portrays Crystal Man in Cirque du Soleil's traveling production of Totem, divulges what must be nearly every significant detail of his journey from the basement of his parents' Massachusetts home, where as an 8-year-old he taught himself flips using old couch cushions; to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where the author's insane quest for perfection exposed his insecurities and triggered his self-loathing; and finally to a seemingly never-ending series of addict escapades throughout his college and post-college years that somehow did not even climax after he was twice declared clinically dead. Putignano's homosexuality plays a crucial role in his story, and it is the one topic here he handles delicately. Elsewhere, his prose is unfiltered: graphic and intimate. Prone to hyperbole to the point of distraction, Putignano nevertheless writes so vividly about his highs that readers practically experience them with him. Similarly, his lows drop them into the private circles of hell on earth he created. A more powerful anti-drug missive would be tough to find. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A gifted athlete abandons his Olympic dreams to chase the heroin that rules his life until he finds recovery.
A gifted athletes Olympic hopes are derailed by his addiction, but recovery brings him to a role he never dreamed.
About the Author
Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show, Totem. He has performed in The Times They Are A-Changin' by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. He was a competitor at the Junior Olympics National Championships, and since 1987 he has won numerous state and regional championships. Putignano has also appeared on various TV shows and has modeled for many magazines.