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Shrinkage--Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me
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A New York Times bestseller!An Amazon Best Books of 2014 selection"If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. Just kidding."

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop's life was right on track. Known to millions as "Bald Bryan," the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma—an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan's promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome—when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.

Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop's inimitable voice radiates through his story.

As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit—and the power of laughter—during even the darkest times.

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An Amazon Best Books of 2014 selection
"If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. Just kidding."

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A New York Times bestseller!
An Amazon Best Books of 2014 selection
"If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. Just kidding."

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop's life was right on track. Known to millions as "Bald Bryan," the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma—an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan's promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome—when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.

Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop's inimitable voice radiates through his story.

As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit—and the power of laughter—during even the darkest times.

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      • source: The Washington Post
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        "Told in dude-style prose just waiting to be filmed by Judd Apatow...Bishop writes powerfully about the frightening reality of his disease and the desperate search for treatment. Occasionally he offers a 'Tumor Tip' that gives advice in refreshingly plain, readable language...Scene after scene is both sad and funny."

      • premium: False
      • source: T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author and PEN/Faulkner Award winner
      • content: "If ever there was a book that combines laugh-aloud humor and heartbreak, Bryan Bishop's Shrinkage is it. It will grab hold of you and it won't let go."
      • premium: False
      • source: Ken Burns, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker
      • content: "Since none of us is getting out of this alive, we are all measured, in a way, by the prospect of that mortality. Bryan Bishop has faced his ultimate truth with wit, compassion, honesty and art, providing the rest of us with what we need most--inspiration."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "In his debut, Bishop, sidekick on The Adam Corolla Show, turns the story of his inoperable brain tumor into a comedic memoir of illness, courage, despair, and hope...Still, whether he is being serious or funny, the heart of the book lays in his battle with cancer, which, though it causes him to lose his mobility, voice and masculinity, never causes him to lose hope. It is this unflinching positive spirit of survival, as well as the steadfast strength and devotion of his wife Christie, that proves true the old adage--comedy is tragedy plus time. The book provides a relatable and informative look at cancer treatment that will benefit anyone who is or knows someone living with the disease."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Bishop delivers a moving testament to the goodness of friends, family, and strangers during times of need."
      • premium: False
      • source: San Antonio Express-News Review
      • content: "Bishop's ...positive attitude remains intact...It's an attitude that no doubt can inspire others...[a] very engaging and uplifting book."
      • premium: False
      • source: from the Foreword by Adam Carolla
      • content: "Bryan is smart and knows it. And wants you to know it. As you read this book you'll see just how sharp and clever he is."
      • premium: False
      • source: Dr. Drew Pinsky, Loveline and Dr. Drew on Call
      • content: "This is a must read for anyone with a pulse."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
      • content: "Bald Bryan puts the can in cancer and the bone in boner!"
      • premium: False
      • source: Penthouse
      • content: "Greatly supplementing the heartfelt...funny account that follows are Bishop's Tumor Tips--extremely useful nuggets of advice for anyone navigating a scary battle with a life-threatening disease."
      • premium: False
      • source: Star & Lamp Review
      • content: "Instead of giving up, Bryan found refuge in comedy. Within the page of Shrinkage, Bryan recounts several experiences of his treatment and recovery through a comedic lens while never losing sight of the stark reality of his diagnosis."
      • premium: False
      • source: Lancet Oncology Journal
      • content: "I laughed out loud and even shed a few tears. I learned something too: he taught me facts about having cancer that aren't in medical textbooks... the book speaks eloquently of the power of having good friends, and that, together with good chemotherapy, a sense of humor, love, determination and self-belief, it is possible to survive ordeals such as this while remaining uncompromisingly yourself."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bobby Moynihan, Saturday Night Live
      • content: "Cancer is not funny. But...this book about Bryan's cancer is VERY funny. I'm so confused."
      • premium: False
      • source: Maria Menounos, New York Times bestselling author and host of Extra
      • content: "Bryan is truly the most underrated of comedic sidekicks and talents in radio and new media. What makes Bryan's book even more special is his life journey, which will inspire all who read it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jerry O'Connell, actor
      • content: "Bryan's story is heartwarming, funny as hell, and as inspirational as they come."
      • premium: False
      • source: Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer
      • content: "[An] insightful memoir of Bald Bryan who maintains his sense of humor and positive outlook on life while battling brain cancer. An honest, smart read..."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jay Mohr, actor
      • content: "Bryan's book gives the reader a glimpse into how to approach one of life's true nightmares with complete pragmatism and calm. This book is a must read."
      • premium: False
      • source: Teresa Strasser, bestselling author and host of The List
      • content: "It's honestly brilliant."
      • premium: False
      • source: John Cho, Harold & Kumar and Star Trek
      • content: "As a fan of the show, I loved the insight into a time I only had glimpses of via the podcast. Expected it to break my heart a bit, didn't expect all the funny."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        June 30, 2014
        In his debut, Bishop, sidekick on The Adam Corolla Show, turns the story of his inoperable brain tumor into a comedic memoir of illness, courage, despair, and hope. Not long before Bishop's wedding, a doctor told the thirty year old that he had "six months to a year" to live. Though this may not seem like an ideal jumping off point for an amusing book, much of its charm is in the humorous prose (on being conceived despite his mom being on contraception: "This can only mean I am the Chosen One"). Bishop never pulls punches, and writes openly about the doctors (and others) he detests most and why, the stressful issues that came between his wife and parents, and even the humiliation of soiling himself. Still, whether he is being serious or funny, the heart of the book lays in his battle with cancer, which, though it causes him to lose his mobility, voice and masculinity, never causes him to lose hope. It is this unflinching positive spirit of survival, as well as the steadfast strength and devotion of his wife Christie, that proves true the old adage—comedy is tragedy plus time. The book provides a relatable and informative look at cancer treatment that will benefit anyone who is or knows someone living with the disease.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        April 15, 2014
        Radio personality Bishop, aka "Bald Bryan" from the Adam Carolla Show podcast, depicts his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. In 2008, surfing a wave of personal and career success in radio, the 30-year-old author began experiencing troubling health issues beginning with numbness in his lips and tongue and a lack of coordination. He would consume a beer or two and become extremely drunk. For five months, he kept quiet regarding his symptoms. Finally, Bishop confided to the love of his life and live-in girlfriend, Christie, that something was wrong. Initially given six months to live, Bishop began radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Combining humor with the stark reality of his situation, Bishop shepherds readers through his life following the bleak diagnosis. From being fitted for his radiation mask to his bachelor party in Las Vegas, a comical trip to a sperm bank, his wedding and honeymoon in Maui, the author chronicles both the highs and lows of his journey through the disease. "Things started to get significantly worse after our honeymoon," he writes. "For the next month, my symptoms worsened almost by the day." The author adroitly weaves his family story and professional exploits into the tale of his illness, and he also mixes in the personal touchstones of his journey, including the playlists he used during his treatment; photos; a list of his greatest regrets; and down-to-earth advice for those facing this serious illness ("Tumor Tips"). Bishop recounts the pressures on his new wife, the financial stress the couple faced and his guilt over a family breach spawned by the emotional stress of his illness. A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        April 15, 2014
        Bishop attempts to lighten the solemn topic of cancer in his first book, which is part humorous memoir and part self-help guide. Shortly after getting engaged and scoring a gig as radio and television personality Adam Carolla's acolyte, 30-year-old Bishop was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Initially given six months to a year, Bishop carried on, finding solace in his career, his fianc'e, and his optimistic sense of humor. Offering tumor tips and numerous digressive footnotes, he wryly takes readers through his experiences, recounting the challenges of planning a wedding while undergoing radiation treatments, the surprising variety of porn made available in sperm banks, and his adventures trying alternative healing procedures involving thanking the tumor instead of cursing it. The candid, dude-oriented prose is sometimes bogged down by lists that feel like filler content: his biggest regrets, feel-good playlist, and illustrious fraternity of assholes, a vindictive catalog of doctors, former bosses, and other people he hates. But ultimately, Bishop delivers a moving testament to the goodness of friends, family, and strangers during times of need.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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