Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry
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So begins the captivating tale of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, as he takes us on a remarkable journey from childhood aspirations to stardom, addiction, and the path to recovery following a life-threatening health scare. Before the countless hospital visits and stays in rehabilitation centers, there was a five-year-old Matthew, traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles, navigating the complexities of his separated parents. At fourteen, he was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada, and at twenty-four, he secured a coveted role as a lead cast member in the pilot that would later be known as Friends Like Us… and so much more.
In this extraordinary memoir, told in his unique heartfelt, hilarious, and familiar style, Matthew Perry exposes the fractures within his upbringing by a fragmented family that both shaped and left him to his own devices. He reveals the unrelenting desire for recognition that propelled him towards fame, yet left an empty void inside that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. Perry candidly delves into the peace he discovered in sobriety and shares his thoughts on the enduring popularity of Friends, offering captivating stories about his fellow cast members and other notable encounters throughout his journey. With his trademark humor and self-awareness, he vividly portrays his lifelong battle with addiction and the underlying factors that fueled it, despite seemingly having it all.
“Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” is an unforgettable memoir that intimately unveils the highs and lows of Matthew Perry’s life, while also shedding light on the struggles of sobriety. With unflinching honesty, heartfelt emotion, and uproarious wit, this book is a long-awaited treasure for fans and extends a helping hand to those grappling with their own journey towards recovery.
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