Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing - by Matthew Perry (Hardcover)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 272

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Author: Matthew Perry

Language: English

Street Date: November 1, 2022
TCIN: 85292990
UPC: 9781250866448
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-9133
Origin: Made in the USA


Book Synopsis

The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.

"Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead."

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell--and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it--Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he's found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening--as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Review Quotes

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is a raw, unflinching memoir that took courage to write. As it turns out, Matthew Perry has a lot of courage. He takes us through his addiction, his illness and his paralyzing loneliness. Somehow, during the course of his life, Matthew was able to turn his pain into comedic joy for others, but, he tells us, it was at a cost. Matthew takes us through his "hell" but doesn't wallow. Ultimately, this book is filled with hope for the future. If you want to know about who Matthew Perry is, stay away from the rags and read this. --Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the NBC sitcom Friends

About the Author

Matthew Perry is a Canadian American actor, executive producer, and comedian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
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Brutally honest

5 out of 5 stars
Best of the best - 5 days ago, Verified purchaser
I always knew Matthew Perry was struggling with addiction years ago but I never knew the degree of it. this is a powerful and brutally honest book of his life's struggle with pills and alcohol. He really makes me feel that by working the AA program that anyone's life can become less chaotic and manageable. I am thankful to him for sharing!
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Great Reading

5 out of 5 stars
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Happy Shopper - 18 days ago, Verified purchaser
Matthew Perry was able to pass on his story in a very helpful manner. I am sure he will help alot of people with his own experiences.
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Matthew Perry's book/memoir

5 out of 5 stars
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Yeisha - 25 days ago, Verified purchaser
I love the whole thing he’s one of my favorites and so inspirational
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Amazing read

5 out of 5 stars
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Kbowers - 26 days ago, Verified purchaser
Highly recommend this book. Perry’s writing was so raw and honest and it made me love him even more.
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Could it BE more of a page turner

5 out of 5 stars
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Keelobfin - 27 days ago, Verified purchaser
Couldn’t put it down. It reads like listening to a friend tell you everything he’s ever been feeling. One of those books that I’ll be chasing the high from reading for months.
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5 out of 5 stars
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collection 9 - 28 days ago, Verified purchaser
I truly liked the read
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Love the man and love the book

5 out of 5 stars
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Jess - 1 month ago
Very well written, great read for anyone struggling.
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