Dial Press Trade Paperback Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, & Other Big Ideas [Memoir]
Dial Press Trade Paperback Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, & Other Big Ideas [Memoir]

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, & Other Big Ideas [Memoir]

By Alexi Pappas


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)

About the Author

Alexi Pappas is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside, among others, and she has been profiled in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, New York, and Rolling Stone. Pappas co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film Tracktown with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley. Most recently, she co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the Olympic Games. A Greek American, Pappas holds the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games. She lives in Los Angeles.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

ISBN: 9781984801142

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