Down and Out in Paradise

The Life of Anthony Bourdain

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Publisher Description

The bestselling, “unvarnished” (The New York Times), “engrossing” (The Guardian), “gritty, well-researched” (The Economist)—and definitely unauthorized—biography of the celebrity chef and TV star Anthony Bourdain, based on extensive interviews with those who knew the real story.

Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide in June 2018 shocked people around the world. Bourdain seemed to have it all: an irresistible personality, a dream job, a beautiful family, and international fame. The reality, though, was more complicated than it seemed.

Bourdain became a celebrity with his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential. He parlayed it into a series of hit television shows, including the Food Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and CNN’s Parts Unknown. But his bad boy charisma belied a troubled spirit. Addiction and an obsession with perfection and personal integrity ruined two marriages and turned him into a boss from hell, even as millions of fans became enamored of the quick-witted and genuinely empathetic traveler they saw on TV. At the height of his success Bourdain was already running out of steam, physically and emotionally, when he fell hard for an Italian actress who could be even colder to him than he sometimes was to others, and who effectively drove a wedge between him and his young daughter.

Down and Out in Paradise is the first book to tell the full Bourdain story, and to show how Bourdain’s never-before-reported childhood traumas fueled both the creativity and insecurities that would lead him to a place of despair. “Filled with fresh, intimate details” (The New York Times), this is the real story behind an extraordinary life.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2022
October 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
8.3
MB

Customer Reviews

A. S. Kaku ,

Read at your own peril and don’t shoot the messenger

The research is solid, and many of the details are sordid. If you’ve imbibed the buzz on this book, the first thing will come as a surprise and the second will not. I picked this up because I was intrigued that a large number of people who were close to the man clearly wanted the bad and the ugly out there as well as the good. (There are benevolent, tactical reasons for doing so.) I put it down after reading enough to know that yes, the author did his due diligence, and no, I neither want nor need to know. Your own mileage may vary.

I had a deep affinity for Anthony Bourdain’s first two nonfiction books and the first show. After that, his voice stopped connecting with me, and I regarded his surging profile with a bemused, slightly uneasy strain of congratulation accompanied by a shot of hey-this-is-weird-but-none-of-my-bidness. In those two books and the first show, I got some of the best of Bourdain as writer and show creator. I’m grateful for that, and I choose to not learn the details he worked to hide.

staten_stl ,

Complete garbage

Avoid this trash at all costs

cinten99 ,

Garbage.

Skip this tabloid filth.

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