The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9781429960236
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An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G. The Silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal. During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their "contract." All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining. In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330504614
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . . The Silver Linings Playbook has been adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9781743037584
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The New York Times bestseller NOW AN ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING MOTION PICTURE "Quite the heartbreaker of a novel" Kirkus Reviews "Endearing . . . touching and funny debut . . . Pat [Peoples] is as sweet as a puppy, and his offbeat story has all the makings of a crowd-pleaser" Publishers Weekly Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .

The Reason You re Alive

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062424343
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise. As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity. Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

The Good Luck of Right Now

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062285556
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From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love. For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly? Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own. A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.

Every Exquisite Thing

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316379581
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Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price. A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest.

Sorta Like a Rock Star

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316088589
Format: PDF
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Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well...she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.

Love May Fail

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062285580
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An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal. Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

The Silver Linings Playbook

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ISBN: 9781490520865
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SAVE TIME & UNDERSTAND MORE! WARNING: This is not the actual book The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. Do not buy this Summary, Review & Analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this great book. Instead, we have already read The Silver Linings Playbook and pulled out the key characters, events, and action points from this great romance suspense novel to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guide & analysis. In doing so, unfortunately we do not have the space to include all elements of Quick's fascinating narrative. To get it all, you should first order the full book. Packaged together in an engaging and easily digestible format, this concise chapter-by-chapter review and analysis works best as an unofficial study guide or companion to read alongside this intriguing book. Most users first read a chapter of the full book, and then they read the corresponding section in our guide. Others read the entire book from cover-to-cover, and then review using our guide.THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK -- MATTHEW QUICKIn The Silver Linings Playbook, lead character Pat Peoples has been through a lot in his 34 years. Recently released after an extended stay in a mental health facility, Pat is working to put his life back together. His ultimate goal: to reunite with his estranged wife, Nikki. Pat narrates his efforts to move forward, supplying his own soundtrack to life events. He's accompanied on his journey by Tiffany, an equally damaged woman who involves him in activities beyond his obsession with physical fitness and his loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles. By sharing their brokenness, the two eventually come to a place where they share common ground and find healing. Stay on track and see details in The Silver Linings Playbook that you'd never notice otherwise with this study guide. Plot points you might miss, symbols that only become obvious on a second or third read-through, and themes that affect your understanding of the story -- all conveniently laid out for you. This study guide is your map to navigate the funny, real, and heartbreakingly honest relationships presented in author Matthew Quick's debut novel. The author's own experience with depression gives a depth of reality to this story of medical psychology, mental illness, and the quest for happy endings. Although ultimately hopeful, the book is bold in its portrayal of the slow, difficult path to overcome pain and to grow from the experience. Quick's work is a great jumping off point for group discussion of these timeless topics. This study guide is a great companion piece, exploring the importance of self-renewal, acceptance, and the many other enduring themes found in the novel. The guide provides a rubric for the discussion of mental illness, the nature of change, and the role of self-forgiveness in personal growth. Whether you're reading The Silver Linings Playbook for personal enjoyment and you want to maximize how much you get out of Quick's novel -- or whether you're reading for serious literary study -- this study guide is the perfect companion. It can help you understand the novel better or help you cram for a class. FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 20 MINUTES! Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to Matthew Quick's intriguing romance and suspense novel The Silver Linings Playbook that you can start and finish right now!

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316221325
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In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault. Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today. The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, brings an unflinchingly eye to the impossible choices we deal with every day--and the light in us all that never goes out.