Soon to be a major motion picture—The Upside—starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman. Born with wealth and privilege, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not generally someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic. He was forty-two-years-old and unable to do anything—even feed himself—without the help of another person. Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his townhouse, after his paralysis Philippe found himself isolated and depressed. The only person who seemed unaffected by Philippe’s condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life—Abdel, the unemployed, outspoken Algerian immigrant who would become his unlikely caretaker. In between dramas and jokes, he sustained Philippe’s life for the next ten years. A Second Wind, the basis for the upcoming major motion picture The Upside, is the inspiring true story of two men who refused to ask for help, and then wound up helping each other.
Perry Stuart, TV meteorologist, chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle, with bursts of heavier rain and sunshine to follow. His life calm and ordered, his face familiar to every British household, Stuart’s profound weather knowledge and accuracy have given him high status among forecasters, but no physical baptism by storm. Not, that is, until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small aeroplane as a holiday diversion. By frightening accident, Stuart learns more secrets from the flight than wind speeds – and back home in England he faces threats and danger as deadly as anything that nature can evolve. ‘Second Wind’ is a twisting spiralling hurricane of a thriller that will defy anyone to treat the weather as an everyday topic of conversation.
One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents
Author: Cami Ostman
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Sports & Recreation
Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up — albeit slowly — and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents; this becomes Ostman’s vision quest, the thing she turns to during the ups and downs of a new romance and during the hard months and years of redefining herself in the aftermath of the very restrictive, religious-based marriage and life she led up until her divorce. Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about “being a woman” that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love. Her adventures — and the personal revelations that accompany them — inspire readers to take chances, find truth in their lives, and learn to listen to the voice inside them that’s been there all along.
Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life
Author: William H. Thomas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"A new life phase is beginning to emerge within our society. When the Baby Boom generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump-started a cultural revolution that shaped today's society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that you are ready for your second coming of age, your life beyond adulthood. [This book] illuminates how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life"--Dust jacket flap.
"Second Wind" - Novel that takes place in North Carolina in 1960, during and just after Hurricane Donna. The story concerns the adventures of a young man who enlists the aid of a Cherokee friend to steal the body of his older brother in order to fulfill the promise of an Indian burial. Pursued by the young man's estranged father, a concerned woman acquaintance, and the SBI and local authorities, the boys begin a cross-state journey in a stolen hearse from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina to the Black Mountain Range, the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River.
"David Graham . . . at last with accurate speech gives us the American small town and its citizens not as they ought to be but as they are."—John Unterecker "Tough-minded and lyrical, and full of canny intelligence, all his taut tales ring true."—Ronald Wallace
A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A charming memoir of midlife by the bestselling author of Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea, recounting his attempt to recapture a national sailing championship he'd won at twenty-two. “There had been something elemental and all consuming about a Sunfish. Nothing could compare to the exhilaration of a close race in a real blow—the wind howling and spray flying as my Sunfish and I punched through the waves to the finish.” In the spring of 1992, Nat Philbrick was in his late thirties, living with his family on Nantucket, feeling stranded and longing for that thrill of victory he once felt after winning a national sailing championship in his youth. Was it a midlife crisis? It was certainly a watershed for the journalist-turned-stay-at-home dad, who impulsively decided to throw his hat into the ring, or water, again. With the bemused approval of his wife and children, Philbrick used the off-season on the island as his solitary training ground, sailing his tiny Sunfish to its remotest corners, experiencing the haunting beauty of its tidal creeks, inlets, and wave-battered sandbars. On ponds, bays, rivers, and finally at the championship on a lake in the heartland of America, he sailed through storms and memories, racing for the prize, but finding something unexpected about himself instead.
Do you need a second wind? All champions do. Perhaps you’re struggling to keep a relationship from falling apart or picking up the pieces of a broken one. Maybe you’re dealing with a life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one. Perhaps it’s financial hardship, or stress on the job. Even if your situation defies a reasonable explanation, the bottom line is, you need the spiritual oxygen of God’s Word to breathe a second wind into you. The term “second wind” is well known to athletes. It is defined as the renewed energy or strength that empowers that long-distance runner or fighter to push forward to win the gold medal. God calls us to be spiritual athletes—in fact, champions. Champions are people like you who are willing to push forward despite the odds because of the DNA of God within them. Using wisdom, humor and storytelling, Marion presents God’s Word in a profoundly relevant way, offering life-changing truths that can be applied right where you are, so you can seize the prize and fight to win!
This book uses both oral and conventional historical methods to describe and analyze the history of lung transplantation in the US. While drawing on accounts from doctors and other specialists, it primarily focuses on the experiences of patients and explores themes of uncertainty, timing, identity, coping, and quality of life.