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The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman

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With troubles beginning as early as childhood, the trajectory of Shane Niemeyer's life seemed to have only one direction: down. His struggles with heroin addiction led him to jail, and he eventually hit rock bottom. Soon, his two pack a day cigarette habit was the healthiest thing he did. One dark night in jail, his suicide attempt failed. What happened next transcends the ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Marcus Allen
My favorite passage from the book: "Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don't ever want to be again. Everything we do is part of who we are. How we choose to use those memories, to motivate or to submit is entirely up to us." - Shane Niemeyer

Raw, beautiful, and inspirational. It seems every moment of every day we have a choice to honor our highest selves, to live the life we wish to create. Shane's story
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Cara Knight
Great inspirational read..... "Some days it feels like it's a struggle to get to the finish line. But once you do, the collective energy of others can help sweep you along. Just when you think you're out , someone will come along and say just the right thing to get you going again. You just need to keep looking ahead and moving forward seeing the day through its end. At least the next day you have the chance to do it all over again.In time, a plan forms and a set of ideals replaces the negativit ...more
Laura
This is the most amazing story I have ever read and the book is so exceptionally written. As you read it you experience a variety of emotions as you can almost feel the pain and disappointment and hurt that Shane felt at various times throughout his life. As it goes on you also feel joy and elation and amazement at the transformation that occurs. This is such an uplifting, inspiring story of a drug and alcohol addict who hits absolute rock bottom only to completely turn his life around in an alm ...more
Ron S
Some junkies OD or rot in jail, some find Jesus while others swim, bike and run. While I didn't care for the author throughout, any book that might provide hope or inspiration for someone struggling with addiction has a place on a public library shelf.
Laurelee Nelson
I just finished reading The Hurt Artist, and I can't stop thinking about it! Every day a new passage pops into my mind, and I start thinking about it all over again.

I bought the book because I have a very good friend who is trying to help her adult son deal with his addiction to heroin. She lost her first son to a drug overdose 3 years ago, and now her second son is at very high risk. She was devastated when her first son died, and has been trying everything to save her second son from the same
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Kdorman
As laid out in the title, this is Shane Niemeyer's story of how he went from suicidal heroin addict to an Ironman and motivational speaker.

I was dubious, As a rule I don't read books about addicts or written by motivational speakers but for reasons beyond my ken I downloaded this title.

At first I thought, well if nothing else every prison in the country would love to distribute this book because Shane presents a model prison story. After trying to commit suicide he wound up in prison and came ac
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Barb
Is this the best book ever written? No. Is it easy to read? No.

Is it inspiring and gutsy? Yes.

I must admit that I picked up this book for all the wrong reasons. There was an article about it in our local newspaper and it indicated that a school that Shane attended was not represented in the best light. Since I have a child at said school, I was instantly intrigued. Not because I don't know what goes on at the school but rather with the hopes it would make more people aware. I am not sure if my
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Keri Miles roper
I know Shane, or did as a child. I went to junior high and part of high school with him. I had no idea of the struggles that he was going through, as he was just another face that one passes in the halls.

As I read The Hurt Artist, I was both sorry for him and incredibly proud of him. I have so much respect for him, knowing that he went from a heroin addict of the worst kind to a competitor in the Ironman World Championships. That change in lifestyle is what makes his story so unique and amazing
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Susan Lewis
I finished reading The Hurt Artist over two weeks ago, and it has popped into my mind every day since. Hence, I'm writing my very first online review of any book, ever. I'm inspired by Shane Niemeyer's story. This is the kind of book that you read, and then you find yourself thinking of all the people you know that would benefit from reading it as well. Like every twenty-something or troubled teen for starters. Definitely. Anyone, really, who needs a boost, a reason to dig deeper, push farther, ...more
Matt Williams
Great story of how this guy turned his life around by using his intense focus on triathlon training instead of being high.
Elana
When sharing the premise of Niemeyer's memoir with friends, I've seen a lot of eye rolls and comments of how cliched his story is. Perhaps his story is cliched. However, I really enjoyed reading this. Not only does it follow nicely in the string of sports biographies I've been reading recently, but Neimeyer speaks authentically and eloquently about his mental struggles as he trains for his first Ironman.

As a newbie triathlete myself, I appreciate hearing that others struggle with those insistent
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Rebecca
It usually takes me months to get through a book, but I couldn't put this one down. Shane's ability to tell his story was so real and raw I felt like I was hitting rock bottom with him and sharing in his successes. This book is inspiring and motivating for anyone trying to overcome any obstacle in life and come out on top.
Jon Vermillion
This is an amazing story. The dichotomy of Shane's life is startling. From the lowest of lows to one of the highest of highs. It makes you want to cheer for the author. It really feels like you are there through his transformation. I alway love a happy ending, and Shane has shown he's got what it takes to be a winner in life.
Tim
A truly inspirational read! Shane does what so many fail to do, he reaches down deep and finds himself buried under years of self destruction. You will not put this down till you are nearly cheering out loud for him to succeed! I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to be a better person.
Ashley
Really good book. Very motivational and made it hard to put down! It was sometimes a little confusing when he would go back to a story with little warning and I would forget where he was in his recovery. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to any one looking for a little motivation.
Kasha
As someone that has addiction (drug and alcohol) in my family and some of my clients, this book has really opened my eyes. It has helped me understand the pain and the journey of learning self-love.
As a fellow triathlete, I commiserated while reading the ups and downs of training (and OVER training), the struggles of Ironman and certainly the long road to qualifying for Kona (World Championships).
I also loved the "recommended" reading - the timeless books that Shane Niemeyer mentions throughout
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Sarah Jarvis
Wow! One of the most amazingly inspirational stories I've ever read! Beautifully written!
Steve
A very interesting story, to say the least. How many hardcore junkies are actually the type to be able to completely turn themselves around, let alone become an ironman? I enjoyed reading this very much, although there were some areas that dragged along, I think trying to fit the mold of a classic sports drama. I am not much of a critic, so take that with a grain of salt. I learned the word 'shod' in this book, and I am sure a few others.
Mike
Not a great book, but an inspirational one. Addiction and exercise...I'm a sucker for these stories and that's a good thing.
Mara Fleishman
Loved this book, an incredibly inspiring read that reminds you of what can be accomplished in life at any stage in the game. Shane's personality really shines through and it's so relatable... Fantastic read
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It was in the Ada County Jail, under 24-hour supervision, dope-sick and wrapped in a security blanket, Shane Niemeyer first decided he would compete in the Ironman World Championship. In his debut memoir, THE HURT ARTIST: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman (with Gary Brozek; Thomas Dunne Books; May 20, 2014), Shane chronicles his startling transformation in an enlightening and hopeful acco ...more
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