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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; 1 Reprint edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439158614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439158616
  • ASIN: B004EYUDNC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In the wake of his death after a long battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, Swayze's memoir offer new information on his heroic fight as well as his legendary career in Hollywood. Along with his wife, Lisa, Swayze recounts his childhood and his first acting experiences as well as his romantic life and personal battles. The writing is as raw, intense, and honest as it gets, and hearing Swayze's voice once more is deeply moving. His delivery is as professional as his attitude, as passionate as his personality. While there is no shortage of emotion, listeners will find this to be less dirge than a celebration of Swayze's life and achievements. An Atria hardcover. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Patrick Swayze was a three-time Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his leading-man roles in two of the most beloved pictures of all time: “Ghost” and“Dirty Dancing.” Along with these high grossing, history-making films, many of his other movies have achieved a cult following, and his television series, “The Beast,” was a critical success. Also a singer/songwriter, dancer, and stage actor, Swayze grew up in Houston, Texas. He passed away in September 2009.

Lisa Niemi wrote, directed and produced the film “One Last Dance” in 2004.  She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and also wrote, directed and starred in the play “Without a Word” with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards. Before turning to directing and acting, Niemi began her professional life as a dancer. Lisa resides on a ranch outside Los Angeles.

Lisa Niemi is the co-author of The Time of My Life, which she wrote with her late husband, Patrick Swayze. Niemi wrote, directed and produced the film “One Last Dance” in 2004. She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and in addition, she wrote, directed and starred in the play “Without a Word” with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards. Before turning to directing and acting, Niemi began her professional life as a dancer. Lisa resides on a ranch outside Los Angeles.


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Patrick Swayze was a three-time Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his leading-man roles in two of the most beloved pictures of all time: "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing." Along with these high grossing, history-making films, many of his other movies have achieved a cult following, and his television series, "The Beast," was a critical success. Also a singer/songwriter, dancer, and stage actor, Swayze grew up in Houston, Texas. He passed away in September 2009.

Lisa Niemi wrote, directed and produced the film "One Last Dance" in 2004. She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and also wrote, directed and starred in the play "Without a Word" with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards. Before turning to directing and acting, Niemi began her professional life as a dancer. Lisa resides on a ranch outside Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting book, a fun read.
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The Time of my life "is a great love story between Patrick and Lisa so few of us have.
Bob Waskiewicz
I couldn't put this book down once I started reading.
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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Bostonian on September 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you ever wanted to get to know Patrick Swayze better, read this book. He takes us through his childhood, including stories of being beaten up in school because he was a ballet dancer. To look more macho, Patrick took up football. This had disastrous consequences and on Halloween night in 1970, Patrick's knee was destroyed in a football game. He fought his way back through tremendous pain, but this injury inevitably destroyed his hopes of becoming an Olympic gymnast and a professional ballet dancer. He refused to let these disappointments stop him, and worked on becoming an actor. At one point, Patrick and Lisa were completely broke. If it were not for an orange tree in the backyard of their apartment complex, they would not have had anything to eat. Patrick also tells of the tragedies in his life which include losing his father to a heart attack at age 57, losing his older sister to suicide in 1994, and losing their baby boy in the third month of pregnancy. Much of this book focuses on his career. He and Lisa did not originally like the Dirty Dancing script, but they made changes to it and really liked the finished product. There were also stories of how he and Jennifer Grey did not initially get along. What puzzled me was that even after Patrick achieved fame and fortune, he still struggled with depression. Although he was enormously talented, he felt inadequate. Working cheered him up, but he would get depressed when the filming was over. He worried a lot about being taken seriously as an actor, and about future roles. Drinking was his way of dealing with it, and that caused problems in his marriage. There was not too much focus on the cancer. He was so determined to beat it on some days, and was too tired on other days. One thing that rings true in this book is that Patrick and Lisa were soulmates who truly needed each other. Patrick was a great guy, and everyone will miss him. Rest in peace, Patrick.
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87 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Ford Ka on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The autobiography of Patrick Swayze which he did not have a chance to see allows the reader to have a glimpse of his impressively successful life. Although written in the final months of his life when he was fighting losing battle with cancer the book does not concentrate on the final illness, offering instead an honest overview of his life.
Swayze and his wife (and co-author) take the reader on a journey through the actor's life, sharing memories of what was good and bad in it. You'll probably be surprised to find how many troubles Swayze had to go through to achieve his success. The story of his life certainly has an inspirational value because till the very end he remained a fighter, ready to face both the external world and his own weaknesses - the effects of a serious injury while shooting "Letters from a Killer" or a plane crash but also his alcoholism.
"The Time of My Life" offers good reading - if you remember Swayze from "Ghost" or "Dirty Dancing", this is your chance to get to know him a little better.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"The Time of My Life" by Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi is an inspirational and entertaining book about Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi's journey - hard times and good times, right up to his final heroic battle against cancer. The remarkable love the two had for each other shines through and it is very sad that he didn't get to see this book hit the shelves and know what kind of impact it will have on many who read it.

Many people know that Patrick met Lisa when he was 19 and she was 15 and attending dance lessons at his mother, Patsy Swayze's, dance studio. They married a few years later and were together right to his passing. It was a remarkable marriage, but definitely not without its trials and tribulations. Injuries, alcoholism, insecurities, anger, and wondering who he was all plagued Swayze at times, just as demons attack us all. It was refreshing to read that Swayze's life was not a bed of roses, even though at times is sure seemed like it to the public.

Obviously, people who are interest in Swayze are most likely interested because they enjoyed his movies. You might be a "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing" fan, or maybe you prefer his macho action flicks such as "Roadhouse" and "Next of Kin." It doesn't matter, he discusses them all in this book, and you'll learn things you probably didn't know about the making of his films.

Reading the final pages is tough, because we know he didn't have many more days after writing that he was determined to have as many beautiful days together with Lisa as he possibly could. But I'm glad they left it like that, and didn't add something about his passing.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Reading my way thru life on October 9, 2009
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I spent a full day reading this becuase I couldn't put it down. The book is highly interesting and left me feeling like I know them personally. How very generous of Patrick and Lisa, to write this book to give us all a closer look into their lives together.

Their story is amazing and I find myself still thinking about it 3 days after finishing the book. Besides being a real life love story, I loved reading this because it revealed the human side of a star, detailing the struggles and pain that were endured along with the joyous triumphs that were earned. Its just a great story.

I loved his movies: North & South, Dirty Dancin, Ghost, and Roadhouse. I've never been one to be crazy or obsessed over any star, and still feel that way. I was surprised by my self when I actually bought the PEOPLE magazine that featured Patrick right after his death,(-instead of just browsing it at the checkout like I usually do) and then again, when I bought this book. I'm so glad I did though, and I know that this is one that I'll read again.
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