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Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me Hardcover – April 29, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250039843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250039842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bishop attempts to lighten the solemn topic of cancer in his first book, which is part humorous memoir and part self-help guide. Shortly after getting engaged and scoring a gig as radio and television personality Adam Carolla’s acolyte, 30-year-old Bishop was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Initially given six months to a year, Bishop carried on, finding solace in his career, his fiancée, and his optimistic sense of humor. Offering “tumor tips” and numerous digressive footnotes, he wryly takes readers through his experiences, recounting the challenges of planning a wedding while undergoing radiation treatments, the surprising variety of porn made available in sperm banks, and his adventures trying alternative healing procedures involving thanking the tumor instead of cursing it. The candid, dude-oriented prose is sometimes bogged down by lists that feel like filler content: his biggest regrets, “feel-good playlist,” and “illustrious fraternity of assholes,” a vindictive catalog of doctors, former bosses, and other people he hates. But ultimately, Bishop delivers a moving testament to the goodness of friends, family, and strangers during times of need. --Jonathan Fullmer

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“Told in dude-style prose just waiting to be filmed by Judd Apatow…Bishop writes powerfully about the frightening reality of his disease and the desperate search for treatment. Occasionally he offers a 'Tumor Tip' that gives advice in refreshingly plain, readable language…Scene after scene is both sad and funny.”—The Washington Post

“If ever there was a book that combines laugh-aloud humor and heartbreak, Bryan Bishop’s Shrinkage is it. It will grab hold of you and it won't let go.”— T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author and PEN/Faulkner Award winner

“Since none of us is getting out of this alive, we are all measured, in a way, by the prospect of that mortality. Bryan Bishop has faced his ultimate truth with wit, compassion, honesty and art, providing the rest of us with what we need most—inspiration.”—Ken Burns, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker

“In his debut, Bishop, sidekick on The Adam Corolla Show, turns the story of his inoperable brain tumor into a comedic memoir of illness, courage, despair, and hope…Still, whether he is being serious or funny, the heart of the book lays in his battle with cancer, which, though it causes him to lose his mobility, voice and masculinity, never causes him to lose hope. It is this unflinching positive spirit of survival, as well as the steadfast strength and devotion of his wife Christie, that proves true the old adage—comedy is tragedy plus time. The book provides a relatable and informative look at cancer treatment that will benefit anyone who is or knows someone living with the disease.”—Publishers Weekly

“A candid recounting of this funnyman’s navigation across cancer’s rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop’s narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bishop delivers a moving testament to the goodness of friends, family, and strangers during times of need.”—Booklist

“Bishop's …positive attitude remains intact…It's an attitude that no doubt can inspire others…[a] very engaging and uplifting book.”—San Antonio Express-News Review

“Bryan is smart and knows it. And wants you to know it. As you read this book you’ll see just how sharp and clever he is.”—from the Foreword by Adam Carolla

“This is a must read for anyone with a pulse.”—Dr. Drew Pinsky, Loveline and Dr. Drew on Call

“Bald Bryan puts the can in cancer and the bone in boner!”—Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“Greatly supplementing the heartfelt...funny account that follows are Bishop's Tumor Tips—extremely useful nuggets of advice for anyone navigating a scary battle with a life-threatening disease.” —Penthouse

“Instead of giving up, Bryan found refuge in comedy. Within the page of Shrinkage, Bryan recounts several experiences of his treatment and recovery through a comedic lens while never losing sight of the stark reality of his diagnosis.”—Star & Lamp Review

“Cancer is not funny. But...this book about Bryan’s cancer is VERY funny. I'm so confused.”—Bobby Moynihan, Saturday Night Live

“Bryan is truly the most underrated of comedic sidekicks and talents in radio and new media. What makes Bryan's book even more special is his life journey, which will inspire all who read it.”—Maria Menounos, New York Times bestselling author and host of Extra

“Bryan's story is heartwarming, funny as hell, and as inspirational as they come.”—Jerry O’Connell, actor

“[An] insightful memoir of Bald Bryan who maintains his sense of humor and positive outlook on life while battling brain cancer. An honest, smart read...”—Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer

“Bryan’s book gives the reader a glimpse into how to approach one of life’s true nightmares with complete pragmatism and calm. This book is a must read.”—Jay Mohr, actor

“It’s honestly brilliant.”—Teresa Strasser, bestselling author and host of The List

"As a fan of the show, I loved the insight into a time I only had glimpses of via the podcast. Expected it to break my heart a bit, didn't expect all the funny." —John Cho, Harold & Kumar and Star Trek


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His story is well told and very funny.
Jamie
I hope those fighting cancer can pick up Bryan's book and draw some inspiration and courage to keep fighting.
Ryan C. Mercer
Yet I couldn't put this book down and read it cover to cover in 1 day.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Fleser on April 29, 2014
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Stayed up all night reading Shrinkage. I loved it. It was sweet, funny, sad, and well written! As a fan of the ACS, I couldn't help but hear the entire thing in Bald Bryan's voice. That's not a bad thing and won't stop me from buying the audio book. Fans of the radio show and the podcast will of course love this book, but I hope the reach goes farther than that. I was diagnosed two years ago with End Stage Renal Disease and am on the kidney transplant list. Living with a chronic illness is tough on the best of days, but your attitude and sense of humor in dealing with it is an inspiration. Now bring on President Me!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anderson C. Cowan on April 29, 2014
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Anyone who has ever had chemo in their life whether as a patient or a loved one, Bryan's book comforts in the sense that he lets you know you're not alone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on April 29, 2014
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Amazing and brilliant! The book is heartfelt, touching and hilarious. Byran Bishop's attitude and spirit are uplifting and I am so glad he shared his story with us. You will be so thankful you read this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bigmamadave on April 29, 2014
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As much as I love Bald Bryan from his Many years on the Adam Carolla show, the real star from this book is Christie. Impossible not to fall in love with this rock star of a wife. God Bless the Bishops for sharing their story. Finished it in a day!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin de Lorimier on April 29, 2014
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I'm already a big fan of Bryan from The Adam Carolla show and his podcast, The Film Vault, so I have been following his story for many years. I assumed that most of the book would be me getting a few more details on stories I had already heard (which I was totally fine with a looking forward to) however, I'd say about 85% of the material was stories I had NEVER heard (undiagnosed ADHD in childhood!? The adorable story of the first fight he had with his wife!?). Not to mention the amazingly inspiring way he has walked through a complete nightmare...an inoperable brain tumor. I know what I'm getting everyone this year for birthdays/Christmas/whatever. Definitely worth the read...I already want a sequel!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie on April 29, 2014
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's laugh-out loud funny, will make you cry, and is the most beautiful love story. Bryan's journey is an inspiration to anyone dealt the blow of the C-word. This book is perfect for anyone who likes to laugh, or needs a source of hope while coping with cancer. I am blown away by him, and this story. Now excuse, while I go back to page 1 and read it all over again...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cathryn Rachel Lee on April 29, 2014
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Bryan's touching and hilarious recount of his battle against brain cancer is both informative and thoughtful. His ridiculous stories of being drugged by his wife or taking chemo at a strip club put a funny face on a very serious situation which he and his wife handled with a level of grace and optimism that few could muster. A great book and story that everyone should read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CanneCali on April 29, 2014
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Perhaps Dr. Drew said it best about Shrinkage: "This book is a must-read for anyone with a pulse." It's so much more than a story about a cancer battle. Shrinkage is inspiring and informative for anyone who has been through a tough illness (or know someone who has), especially Bryan's "Tumor Tips". It's got a love story that will melt your heart and bring (good) tears to your eyes. It's also hilarious, with several moments where I found myself literally laughing out loud. Once I picked Shrinkage up, I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to listening to the audiobook, too!
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