Ainsi commence la captivante histoire de l'inoubliable Chandler de Friends qui, au fil de ses souvenirs, évoque ses ambitions de jeunesse et son rapport à la célébrité, ses addictions et la guérison après un grave problème de santé qui lui fit frôler la mort. Mais avant les cures de désintoxication et les séjours à l'hôpital, il y a le Matthew de 5 ans qui voyagea de Montréal à Los Angeles, ballotté entre des parents séparés ; celui de 14 ans, star du tennis au Canada ; celui de 24 ans qui décrocha le rôle le plus convoité des États-Unis pour le pilote d'une série appelée à l'époque Friends Like Us... Dans cet incroyable récit que lui seul pouvait raconter, Matthew Perry se met à nu et dévoile la famille brisée dans laquelle il a grandi (et qui l'a laissé livré à lui-même), la soif de reconnaissance qui l'a mené à la célébrité et le vide en lui que rien n'a su combler, pas même la réalisation de ses plus grands rêves. Il revient également sur la paix que lui procure aujourd'hui la sobriété et ce qu'il ressent face à l'omniprésence de Friends, nous livrant des anecdotes sur ses camarades de tournage et d'autres stars croisées sur la route.
Avec l'humour et l'honnêteté qu'on lui connaît, Matthew Perry dépeint le combat de toute une vie contre la dépendance et ce qui l'a engendrée, lui qui semblait tout avoir. Des mémoires inoubliables à la fois intimes et édifiants, et une main tendue vers ceux qui luttent contre l'addiction. D'une honnêteté sans faille, émouvant et irrésistiblement drôle, voici le livre que les fans du monde entier attendaient.
There are few shows in our lifetime that have garnered over a billion views, that have reached a global audience of 220 countries, that elicits an emotional reaction from a theme song, or that defined a period of time more for its viewers. That is simply because there is no show that is more iconic or beloved than Friends . It didn''t matter that their apartment was unrealistic by New York City''s standards or that they always had enough free time to hang out in a coffee shop, they were our friends, they were us. And over the last twenty-seven years, it has yet to lose its title of the greatest sitcom of all time. Yet, the nostalgia and the truth about their relationships is a story that only Matthew Perry could tell?especially as his addiction soared faster than his career. Heartbreaking and funny, Matthew''s honesty is explosive and unrivaled. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love he lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends.
The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humor, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love Perry lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and hilarious: this is the book fans have been waiting for.
A lively and magisterial popular history that refutes common misperceptions of the European Middle Ages, showing the beauty and communion that flourished alongside the dark brutality--a brilliant reflection of humanity itself. The word "medieval" conjures images of the "Dark Ages"--centuries of ignorance, superstition, stasis, savagery, and poor hygiene. But the myth of darkness obscures the truth; this was a remarkable period in human history. The Bright Ages recasts the European Middle Ages for what it was, capturing this 1,000-year era in all its complexity and fundamental humanity, bringing to light both its beauty and its horrors. The Bright Ages takes us through ten centuries and crisscrosses Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa, revisiting familiar people and events with new light cast upon them. We look with fresh eyes on the Fall of Rome, Charlemagne, the Vikings, the Crusades, and the Black Death, but also to the multi-religious experience of Iberia, the rise of Byzantium, and the genius of Hildegard and the power of queens. We begin under a blanket of golden stars constructed by an empress with Germanic, Roman, Spanish, Byzantine, and Christian bloodlines and end nearly 1,000 years later with the poet Dante--inspired by that same twinkling celestial canopy--writing an epic saga of heaven and hell that endures as a masterpiece of literature today. The Bright Ages reminds us just how permeable our manmade borders have always been and of what possible worlds the past has always made available to us. The Middle Ages may have been a world "lit only by fire" but it was one whose torches illuminated the magnificent rose windows of cathedrals, even as they stoked the pyres of accused heretics. The Bright Ages is illustrated throughout with high-resolution images.