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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Argo-Navis (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078675480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786754809
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In It's Only Temporary, Evan Handler confronts the ambiguities of life backward, forward, and in between. With hilarious honesty he reflects on the realization that we can start over again. It's Only Temporary is a heartfelt book for all of us who are getting younger and older at the same time.
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The Kitchen God's Wife
In a series of wonderful essays, Evan Handler gives himself up to us - warts and all. To our amusement and bemusement we share in his emotional growth as he struggles to mature. I not only laughed along with him but felt that I too had grown a little along the way. Who could ask for more?
Lewis Black, comedian, Daily Show correspondent, and author of Nothing's Sacred
Evan Handler's new book is simply wonderful. He pulls you inside his life, and you come out his very close friend. Neil Simon, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright/screenwriter of Lost In Yonkers, The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl

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Evan Handler is an actor, author, screenwriter, and journalist who is probably best known as one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films, "Sex and the City," as well as for his current role as Charlie Runkle, best friend to David Duchovny's Hank Moody, on Showtime's hit comedy "Californication" (Season 5 airing January 2012). Evan's past film and TV credits include leading and featured roles in Ron Howard's film "Ransom," the early '80's box office smash "Taps," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," and "The West Wing"; the ABC TV movie "The Three Stooges," and the sit-com "It's Like, You Know...," as well as memorable guest appearances on "Lost," "Six Feet Under," "Law and Order," and "Friends".

Prior to his work in film and television Evan played leading roles in seven
Broadway productions - all prior to his thirtieth birthday. Among them were "Six Degrees of Separation"; "I Hate Hamlet"; "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; "Broadway Bound"; and "Master Harold...and the boys". Off-Broadway, Evan appeared in two Donald Margulies world premieres, "Found a Peanut" (NYSF/Public Theater), and "What's Wrong with this Picture?" (Manhattan Theater Club); "SLAM" in EST's Marathon '84; and Jacquelyn Reingold's "String Fever," also at EST.

In addition to his acting appearances, Evan is the author of two books. TIME ON FIRE: MY COMEDY OF TERRORS, is Handler's critically acclaimed debut memoir, detailing his unlikely recovery from leukemia, and his escape from the clutches of those supposedly devoted to its treatment. His most recent book, IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY: THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS OF BEING ALIVE, describes the years since the illness, and the surprisingly long and complex journey toward long-delayed gratitude. A regular featured contributor to the Huffington Post, more information about Evan and his books is available at EvanHandler.com.

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Such a nice journey! Throughout Evan's first book, as much as I sympathized with the protagonist, I wasn't altogether empathetic with my high school friend, since our lives were not in any way similar. But this book brings Evan to such a good place, and I finally feel like we have something in common besides good old Hen Hud high school! I'm happy for him and for having been SO let into his life. May he go on to tell us the story of his grandchildren's lives!
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By Robert Babish on April 22, 2014
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Evan Handler is a superb writer. His insight about his own experience offer you a truly inspirational pathway towards dealing with your own journey through life. Told with great humor, honesty and a style that makes the book hard to put down. Highly recommended reading.
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By Kelly Wolf on March 12, 2014
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Evan Handler's keen observation of life will leave you in stitches and uplift your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone who is ALIVE!
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