The Upside: A Memoir (Movie Tie-In Edition)

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Hachette Books, Jun 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
The acclaimed true story of an aristocrat, a con man, and the friendship that transformed them both, now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman.

Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo were two people marginalized by society: Sellou a wisecracking, unemployed immigrant, just out on parole; Pozzo a man born to wealth and privilege, recently paralyzed from the neck down after a paragliding accident. How they came to help each other, and the unlikely friendship that became a lifeline for them both, is an uplifting story that's now been told and retold around the world.

In this bestselling memoir, Sellou shows us the irreverent, real-life character behind Kevin Hart's smiling face. The book takes us from Sellou's childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic. Sellou tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, humor, style, and--though he denies that he has any--humility.

Originally published as You Changed My Life
 

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Contents

Section 1
16
Section 2
20
Section 3
32
Section 4
38
Section 5
58
Section 6
64
Section 7
70
Section 8
78
Section 11
128
Section 12
142
Section 13
152
Section 14
158
Section 15
168
Section 16
172
Section 17
184
Section 18
188

Section 9
116
Section 10
124
Section 19
192
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About the author (2012)

Abdel Sellou now lives in Algeria with his wife and three children, where he runs a chicken farm. He remains close to Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who lives in Morocco with his second wife and two children.


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