Being Patrick Swayze
Essential Teachings from the Master of the Mullet
by Neal E. Fischer
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 25 Apr 2022
A humorous illustrated guide to the essential teachings of 80s and 90s pop culture icon and legacy, Patrick Swayze, with movie quotes, trivia, essays, exercises, games, activities, and quizzes.
Divided into five elements—Tender Strength (versatility in performances and balance of his unique skill set), Pure Adrenaline (his physicality and death-defying stunt work), Hungry Eyes (effortless sensuality in life and on-screen), Peaceful Warrior (the philosophy behind his characters and their actions) and The Mullet (legacy of the man, the myth, the mullet)—this book is designed to cultivate your mind, body, and soul.
Through the use of movie quotes and cinematic wisdom, physical (Sweatin' Like Swayze; Swayze Sutra) and mental exercises, games, activities (Swayze Pairing Guide), and quizzes, this journey will unlock your Swayze swagger, leading to a more harmonious life. When completed, you'll be impressing friends and strangers alike with your endless knowledge and admiration for one of Hollywood's most likable and underappreciated stars.
For half a century Patrick Swayze has remained in our hearts, on our minds, and the sole reason that any trip to a vacation resort must first start at the dance hall . . . just in case they employ their own Johnny Castle. Embrace these teachings and achieve newfound clarity in all aspects of your life.
BELOVED ICON: Patrick Swayze will forever be an icon, known for his legendary roles in classic and cult favorite movies like Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Point Break, Road House, and more.
THE PERFECT GIFT: Chock full of trivia, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, short essays, and fun interactive content like quizzes, a pairing guide, a Swayze workout, and more, this is the perfect gift for Patrick Swayze fans and anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s.
FUNNY AND INFORMATIVE: Content is humorous, yet still contains biographical information, fun facts about Swayze and his philosophies, and tons of movie trivia.
EXPERT AUTHOR: Written by an award-winning screenwriter and podcaster, and die-hard Patrick Swayze fan.
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Average rating from 17 members
Who didn’t love Patrick Swayze? From Dirty Dancing to Ghost to Road House and others, he was the go to heart throb and delighted viewers of his movies. This book was a great way to remember just how much I loved him and to fall in love with him all over again.
What a tribute to Patrick Swayze! This book, Being Patrick Swayze, literally had it all! It had fun trivia, games, recipes, moves, information and pays tribute to this brilliantly talented man in the most wonderful and most honorable way.
"Live each and every day like it's your last. Why? Because that's the Swayze way."
The illustrations were fun, beautiful, and take you on a stroll to every role he's ever played.
Any fan of Patrick will love and enjoy this book. It can be shared for ages and keep his legacy and memory alive. This book would make an excellent gift!
Any Swayze fan will enjoy this title. However, the preview copy was hard to read at times due to the poor layout. This has not happened in a long time and is the first with a kindle copy. It normally happens when a title has to be read on Bluefire
Thank you for the EArc. I mean swoon… Patrick Swayze, my first adult male crush. Oh how I longed to be Baby just to get to dance with that man. Anyone who’s watched any of his movies can’t help but to have fallen in love and that’s just what this book is about, loving Swayze. Sure there are fun little games iia but you can tell the author out his heart into this and truly admired this man’s life.
I loved the illustrations, games and trivia. I have been a fan of Patrick Swayze since watching the movie The Outsiders. This book did not disappoint. It was a great tribute to an amazing actor and man.
A treat for any Swayze fan. From sashaying across screens in Dirty Dancing to sexy pottery time in Ghost, his cinematic legacy is celebrated in a fun way and the pages are bursting with facts, fun tidbits and biographical information. Would make a great accompaniment to a rewatch of all the great Swayze classics!
Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book.
I am a big Patrick Swayze fan and have been for as long as I can remember. When I saw this book, I thought I should request and check it out.
This book was a lot of fun. There are several pages with games on them as well. The illustrations were just cute, and the entire book was definitely a love letter to Patrick and his career.. I was sad when I finished the book, but this is definitely one that I will but a copy of and have around to read through from time to time.
This was a fun book and I enjoyed the layout and think, overall, it works very effectively. I didn't fully get into it perhaps as much I might have hoped but, overall, I think it is well done and a strong tribute to a great actor.
Delightfully retro, informative, and silly—all of the whole reverent and educational. You don't have to be a big fan to enjoy this thoroughly.
An adult activity book honoring one of the true greats.
Many thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
Entertaining with vibrant visuals, taking the reader for a walk down memory lane.
With a twist of fun on each page, “ Being Patrick Swayze, Essential Teachings from the Master of the Mullet “ is a wonderfully humorous, illustrated guide to the 80s & 90s pop culture and an overall wonderful tribute to Patrick Swayze.
A sincere thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing me a copy of “Being Patrick Swayze, Essential Teachings from the Master of the Mullet” in exchange for an honest review. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read this story and leave my review voluntarily.
A super-quick read. Definitely a gift book—struggling to think when someone might buy this for themselves? There’s a small amount of trivia, but most of the book is composed of games—“Which mullet belongs to which Swayze character?” etc. Personally, I wasn’t that interested in playing the games—YMMV. Presumably due to rights issues, there aren’t any stills from his films. The art is fine, but a bit slick. Ultimately, I think this book was just a mismatch for me. I’m a HUGE Swayze fan. I was expecting more quotes from Patrick (not just from his characters), and a little bit of a heftier read.
Who doesn't love a little Patrick Swayze? The cover art was the thing that hooked me; after all, my best high school friend and I went to see Dirty Dancing five times. This was a feat in a small town, but we made it to three different theaters in three towns during October and possibly November that year.
Patrick Swayze had that little certain something, and this little book will give you the warm fuzzies. It is a graphic tribute by an author who loves Swayze and has named the feeling I felt "Feng Swayze."
A couple of spots felt like a reach - pairings for movies, for instance - but a fun title. It would make a great gift for the Patrick Swayze fan whether male - "Road House!" - or female - "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
(I will be doing a short review for a local lifestyle magazine.)
I really like Being Patrick Swayze book I like how the author wrote the book in how he’s explain career movies and trivia is very cool book it’s could be a coffee table book they are my favorite to have around.
A book perfect for '80s movie fans. Fischer clearly knows what moves an audience to enjoy Patrick Swayze, down to the spiritual approach to create a more centered character based on the actor's own feelings. This includes power moves for an actor to fill the perfect role (i.e. Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost").
There are plenty of games, including a connect-the-dots picture that brought my 80s childhood to life, as well as a match the mullet to film. Perfect for a friend gathering. (Shhh, ignore modern global crises for a moment. It'd be fine over a video call.
I'd rec this book to trivia fans, especially game nights. Or fans of pop YouTube channels like Allison Pregler. Very Movie Nights vibe with design.
- The clear love and appreciation of Swayze's skill within his craft. Not just acting but all areas, including the intersection of dance and spirituality. It's easy to see how much the writer enjoys Swayze's varied career. Throughout the book, Fischer peppers in a lot of great family back story on how the actor grew up. Key to a ballet dancer from Houston. Important for anyone who wants to be like Swayze.
- More design, less content. At 146 pages, I feel like there should have been more mentioned about trivia on movies within the 5 sections. It feels that only really involved fans will understand the references, either of Swayze or Fischer, and that leaves a larger portion of the audience out. After all, nostalgia means something different for different people.
Thanks to Chronicle Books, NetGalley, and Fischer for an ARC in exchange for a review.