"Sex and the City's" Evan Handler is the author of "It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive." Also featured in this segment is the founder of Fertile Hope, Lindsay Nohr Beck, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients.
Information on Evan Handler's new book
What if you were supposed to die, but you didnt? And what if, years later, your precious second chance didnt turn out anything like you thought it would? Thats the journey actor and author Evan Handler experienced, and the one he explores in "It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive" (Riverhead Books, May 08). In a collection of funny, off-beat, and poignant autobiographical essays, Handler moves beyond the supposedly incurable illness he triumphed over in his mid-twenties only to bumble through his thirties and forties in search of ever-elusive love and happiness. From bold attempts to rekindle his acting career, through his hapless efforts to run faster around New Yorks Central Park reservoir, from bizarre Internet dates, through his twenty-seven break ups (involving only ten women), Handler careens through his against-all-odds existence. Always searching for meaning in his unlikely survival, Handler shares stories of sadistic junior high school gym teachers, bullying wanna-be 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, Handlers 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 hes 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. Its Only Temporary celebrates the transformation of boy to man even if it took Handler more than forty years to get there.
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About Fertile Hope
Founded in 2001 by two-time cancer survivor, Lindsay Nohr Beck, Fertile Hope empowers cancer patients and survivors with the knowledge and resources they need to become parents. A national nonprofit organization, Fertile Hope is dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
Evan Handler Bio
Evan Handler is an actor beloved by millions as Harry Goldenblatt, husband to Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis) from HBOs landmark television series Sex and the City. Currently co-starring with David Duchovny on Showtimes hit comedy Californication, Handler is also the critically acclaimed author of the memoir Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, which chronicled his triumph over a supposedly incurable form of leukemia in his twenties. Called suspenseful and harrowing, moving and admirable by The New York Times Book Review, it was described as a wildly humorous, keenly observed journey and a ceaselessly compassionate vision of the human spirit by the San Francisco Review of Books. Handler has also played leading roles in films and television shows such as Lost, Ransom, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Shark, and Its Like, You Know.He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Actor Evan Handler is starting a national book tour in October. Go to www.evanhandler.com for dates and locations.
Opportunities to Support Fertile Hope and help to "Share the Secret"
About Hope Uncorked, San Francisco
Hope Uncorked is an exclusive wine tasting event to benefit Fertile Hope. Held annually in San Francisco, New York City & Los Angeles these events gather over 300 young professional, oncologists, endroconologists and other supporters of Fertile Hope to wine and dine, while enjoying a grand silent auction and entertainment from local musicians. The sold-out events are classy and upbeat and celebrate a great cause while helping to "share the secret" of infertility associated with Cancer treatments. Hope Uncorked San Francisco will be held on September 25th, at Ducca restaurant in downtown San Francisco (7-11pm). Tickets can be purchased at www.fertilehope.org.
Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue
Key to the Cure is a national event hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to support the fight against all women's cancers. Fertile Hope has been chosen as the local beneficiary to receive awareness by press as a result of the event as well as a percentage of sales during the Key to the Cure weekend (Oct 16-19th.) As an added perk, Saks has agreed to produce a 2-day "Women's Health & Beauty Fair" in the store on Oct 17th & 18th). Free to public, women can stop at numerous stations to find their perfect pair of jeans and eyeliner color to advice on healthy eating, stress management and reproductive advice. The event will promote women to feel good, look good, and take proactive steps to maintain optimal health.
Hope Uncorked: Wine Tasting Kit
Given the success of our Hope Uncorked galas, we recently launched Hope Uncorked in the form of a home wine tasting kit so that supporters around the country could get involved. The kit is easy to use, fun and very attractive (www.hopeuncorked.com).