John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules--a film with seven Academy Award nominations.
"THE NEAREST THING TO AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IRVING HAS WRITTEN . . .
WORTH SAVING AND SAVORING."
-The Seattle Times
"IRVING'S WRESTLING COACHES, HIS WRITING MENTORS, AND HIS FAMILY
ARE VIVID, INVITING READERS INTO A COLORFUL WORLD."
-USA Today "A MASTERPIECE . . . THE GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT THAT MARKS HIS FICTION LEAKS INTO HIS MEMOIR IN TENDER AND SURPRISING WAYS."