Publication Date: January 4, 2022
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The Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker and writer Alexi Pappas shares what she’s learned about mental health, confidence, self-reliance, embracing pain, and achieving your dreams.
“Heartbreaking and hilarious.”—Mindy Kaling • “A beautiful read.”—Ruth Reichl • “Essential guidance to anyonedreaming big dreams.”—Shalane Flanagan • “I couldn’t put it down.”—Adam Grant
When Alexi Pappas was four years old, her mother died by suicide, drastically altering the course of Pappas’s life and setting her on a lifelong search for female role models. Female athletes became the first women Pappas looked up to, and her Olympic dream was born. At the same time, Pappas had big creative dreams, too: She wanted to make movies, write, and act. Despite setbacks and hardships, in a single year, 2016, Pappas made her Olympic debut as a distance runner and wrote, directed, and starred in her first feature film. She fearlessly and honestly shares her battle with the depression that set in after the Olympics, and describes how she emerged on the other side.
Unflinching, exuberant, and always entertaining, Bravey showcases Pappas’s signature, charming voice as she reflects upon the touchstone moments in her life and the lessons that have powered her career as both an athlete and artist. Pappas’s experiences reveal how we can all overcome hardship, befriend pain, celebrate victory, relish the loyalty found in teammates, and claim joy. In short: how every one of us can become a Bravey.
Publication History: Dial Press HC (1/20)
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