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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street Publishing (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615450849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615450841
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Running a marathon is much more than just a metaphor in Benjamin Carey's powerful memoir Barefoot in November. His inspiring story, beautifully told, encourages us to take charge of our own fate. This book captures his emotional, physical and spiritual journey to the finish line and beyond...I especially appreciate the simplicity and specificity with which he lays out the medical and personal events...His writing strikes the perfect tone while honestly recounting what it took to survive his ordeal. The tenderness, toughness and humor required will be recognizable to anyone who has gone through this kind of crash course in aortic disease or any life changing event. I recommend this touching and inspiring book to everyone." -Amy Yasbeck, Actress & Founder of the John Ritter Foundation and John Ritter Research Program

"...This book made me cry a little (not very British!), laugh a lot, and it provides the much needed inspiration that we all need to survive life's difficulties and challenges with a positive spirit. Benjamin's writing style reminds me of the way another one of my heroes, Tim Ferriss writes -- a young guy with lots of balls!..." -Kevin Morgan, Ironman

"...I was drawn in to the story for the medical curiosity but found Barefoot in November to be so much more. It is a story of courage, and fight. It is about listening to your body and the doctors wanting to make it right. It is about emotions, family and love. Barefoot in November makes you stop and think about Destiny and living each day..." -Rita Alarcon, Pharmacy Technician

More About the Author

We didn't have heat in our house when I was a kid, and that's not one of those "we walked 200 miles uphill to school both ways in a snowstorm" joke. We simply didn't have a furnace, so my old man put a 50 gallon steel drum in our kitchen and we burned wood in it for heat. We scorched our pajamas lining up in front of it to get warm on cold mornings. Lo and behold I decided at 5 years old that when I had a family of my own, things would be better for them. A fire inside me developed(no pun intended), and I spent the better part of 18 years struggling in a small town to overcome my personal demons and succeed with crude tools and no guidance.

At the age of 19 I moved to Manhattan where I attended Hunter College and dated the daughter of a fashion designer. I was introduced to the city at an elite level and for the first time in my life I was able to see an endless world of possibilities. The desire for a better life consumed me.

I've reached milestones for which I am truly grateful, the most important one; creating a family that I cherish. I will never forget my humble beginnings.

At the end of the day your ability to connect with readers comes down to how you make them feel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on May 2, 2012
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I found "Barefoot in November", by Benjamin J. Carey, while doing some research on aortic aneurysms. Just a couple of days before this, I found out what the doctor was initially calling an enlarged aortic root had increased in size, and now I was hearing the word aneurysm. Combine this with a leaky bicuspid aortic valve, and I was told by my doctor that we were getting close.
I came across Heartosaurus.com, and could not stop reading. This is where I found Benjamin's book "Barefoot in November". It took about a week to come through the mail, but seemed like so much longer. I had never looked so forward to reading a book, than I did for this one. I'll be honest, I have never been one to be able to stay awake through a book. When it came in, I started reading immediately. I could not put it down. I felt justified for all the feelings that I had over the last week and a half. Don't want to give anything away here, but the feelings Benjamin was going through, was point on with the way I was feeling. The denial, the anger, the fear, mixed in with the uncertainties. This book has helped me to better prepare myself for my upcoming surgery, as well as prepare my family. My wife is currently reading this book, and my mother, who lives thirteen hours away has now ordered the book too.
"Barefoot In November" is a must read for anyone about to go through or has gone through Open Heart Surgery, as well as family members, friends, or anyone that is looking to be inspired.
Thank you Benjamin J. Carey for sharing your's and your family's ups and downs throughout that trying year. You all have given me the strength and courage to get past this difficult time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lilly on March 26, 2013
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While it is difficult for me to relate to Carey's predicament (no major medical problems, so far *knock on wood*), his memoir Barefoot in November contains one element that draws me to all memoirs: candid honesty. Carey's words are often harsh and bitter, but they are always honest. In spite of this occasional bitterness, Barefoot in November is ultimately a success story. Ben is a survivor, and proud of it. He is also living proof that "good health" is a holistic lifestyle change and not just "diet and exercise."

I love the juxtaposition of the simplicity of his writing style with the deep issues he tackles: priorities, love, death, family.

I also appreciate that Carey pulls no punches, especially at the beginning of the book when he begins to wrestle with his illness and deal with the weight of his diagnosis. While in the waiting room, Carey has an interior monologue that I'm convinced would be expected from any young man suddenly struck with health problems: "I sat on a vinyl chair in the waiting room...wondering what the hell I was doing sitting around with a bunch of geriatrics. I didn't have anything against them, but I didn't belong there...I felt uncomfortable and out of place."

It is this voice, Ben's voice, that I appreciate. Authors like Carey, who admit their faults and lay their hearts out (pardon the expression) for all to see, regardless of possible criticism. This is what I love about memoirs and Carey has done a superb job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susandyer1962 on March 13, 2013
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Barefoot in November

BAREFOOT IN NOVEMBER is a real life account of Ben Carey.  His wife is Nicole.  He is as heathy as an ox, always takes care of himself, and is as stubborn as a bull! There  is a history of heart disease in his family.  After feeling fatigue for a while and it not being the norm for Ben, his wife finally gets him to make an appointment for a stress test.  He is diagnosed with a aortic aneurysm.  The same thing that killed John Ritter.  Ben refuses to believe it is that bad until he talks with some life saving friends and family members.  He is only 37 years old. His wife is pregnant and they also have two small children. Wow!! Talk about a bump in the road huh?

I don't usually read true life stories but I sure am glad I read the one!   His  story would surely be helpful to someone going through with the same life changing issues. It was very warm and heart breaking at times, but also funny and uplifting! Ben is very honest in his book and some readers might take it as naive but he was only 37 at the time, more fit than some people half his age. I can totally understand his was of thinking at first.  If you are dealing with a life threatening issue, this is an awesome read and it shouldn't be missed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Meadows on June 12, 2012
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Barefoot in November is not the type of book I usually read. Although I have been know to read almost any genre, memoirs and self-help books are probably the ones that I read the least of. The premise for this book sounded interesting, though, and it was loaned to me by a friend. Since it was only 190 pages I figured I would give it a try. What I found here was a well written account of the author's journey through his illness and recovery from an aortic aneurysm. I found Benjamin J. Carey's ability to tell his story and keep me interested wonderful. I especially loved the way that he was able to describe his feelings of denial, depression, anger, etc, without being angry or depressing. In addition, the fact that a healthy, active adult could have such a life threatening illness and not know it also made quite an impact on me. After all, as Ben himself says, this was not a case of an over-weight, sedentary person dealing with the results of his bad lifestyle choices. Another part of the book that drew my attention was how great his family support system was. In fact, after reading the book, I think his wife must be a saint! I'm not sure if I could have come through all of this quite as well as both she and Ben did. In the end, this is a book about facing life and not letting it get the best of you. It is about knowing your responsibility to your family and acting accordingly, and ultimately, about fighting and winning. A great read!
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