It's Only Temporary by Evan Handler
The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive

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...written in a raw, poignant style. Handler doesn’t sugar-coat much, instead he tells it like it is or was, which should be much appreciated by readers.
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What if you were supposed to die, but you didn’t? And what if, years later, your precious second chance didn’t turn out anything like you thought it would? That’s the journey Evan Handler experiences, and the one he explores in It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive. In a collection of funny, offbeat, and poignant autobiographical essays, Handler moves beyond the supposedly “incurable” illness he triumphed over in his mid-twenties--only to tumble through his thirties and forties in search of ever elusive love and happiness.

From bold attempts to rekindle his acting career to hapless efforts to run faster around New York’s Central Park reservoir, from bizarre Internet dates to twenty-seven breakups (involving only ten women), Handler careens through his against-all-odds existence. Always searching for meaning in his unlikely survival, he shares stories of sadistic junior high school gym teachers, bullying wannabe Hollywood moguls, returned engagement rings, and Europeans’ fascination with American bathroom habits.

Picking up ten years after his first book, Time on Fire, Handler again uses what the New York Times calls his “laceratingly funny and revealing” storytelling skills to weave twenty-one new tales into a defiantly unconventional memoir. Consistently witty and insightful, Handler’s stories shift effortlessly from the comedic to the profound, musing with equal intensity on the existence of God and his experiences with TV stardom. Then, just when it seems he’s failed to make the most of his astonishing second chance, Handler finds his way to miracles even greater than the ones that saved his life. His memoir describes his journey from darkness to light, from yearning to gratitude, and in so doing succeeds as both a stirring love story and a classic coming-of-age tale. It’s Only Temporary celebrates the transformation of a boy to man—even if it look Handler more than forty years to get there.
 

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Evan Handler is an actor best known as Harry Goldenblatt from HBO s Sex and the City and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors. Handler currently co-stars in Showtime s hit series Californication co-starring David Duchovny. His past acting credits include Lost, The West Wing, Ransom, and Taps. Handler also has written for Elle, Mirabella, O, the Oprah Magazine, USA Weekend, and The New Yorker.
 
Published May 1, 2008 by Riverhead Hardcover. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Irenesroth on Apr 10 2014

His personal life as well has thrived, and he has met and will marry to a wonderful woman. I am so happy for Evan Handler; his story is truly inspiring. What a triumph after such a difficult start to life! Thank you Evan for writing a book to tell us all that your life has really mended and you’ve thrived! I really am so proud of you!

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Reviewed by pfaulhaber on Apr 08 2013

...written in a raw, poignant style. Handler doesn’t sugar-coat much, instead he tells it like it is or was, which should be much appreciated by readers.

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