By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the U.S. Olympic education middle to homeless shelters to taking pictures heroin at the activity to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it really is in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each certainly one of us through aiding to push us throughout the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the disorder of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative in regards to the shut dating among athletics and drug addiction—how an identical strength, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred evaluation) After studying former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of habit, restoration, and extra habit, you finish up feeling like one among his closest acquaintances. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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SPECIAL PRAISE FOR Acrobaddict “Joey Putignano tells a harrowing story of a life redeemed at great cost. ” Twyla Tharp * * * “You will not read a more candid book this year. Prepare to be frightened and taken to the depths of despair and then lifted up triumphantly. It is never too late to hit the reset button on your life—that is what you are about to learn from Joe Putignano. He is equally adept at taking you through the remarkable journey of his own terrible addiction as he is in the world of acrobatics, descending from the Cirque du Soleil big top as a human mirror ball—the figurative spark of change in humanity.
I loved to train in gymnastics, but I hated competing. I could never sleep the night before a competition and would continuously go through my routines in my head. I would lie there for hours, covered in a blanket of sweat, religiously and compulsively going through them, making sure to occupy every memory, every physical movement to its perfection. My heart beat like a hollow drum, faster and faster, as I repeated those actions until sunrise. Those nights led to horrendous mornings without having slept a wink.
Their smiles burst through their faces and their pale skin took on a reddened hue. My parents, on the other hand, would curb that feeling, always trying to trap their laughter before it rose to the surface so as not to expose who they really were. Trish’s friends were covered head-to-toe in denim, with buttons of my sister’s favorite rock bands all over their jean jackets: Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, the Cars, and Ozzy Osbourne. I thought they were badges of association with the Devil. There was a lot of hair, sprayed straight up and teased like giant cobwebs extending from their foreheads.