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Have a Nice Day! by Mick Foley
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Aug 15, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Wrestling fans, autobiography readers
Read in May, 2005

For someone who didn't use a ghostwriter, Mick Foley has a very good voice, better than in autobiographies from most lifer-professionals in business or politics (or pro wrestling). It's very conversational prose, which makes every gruesome event of his life (like having his ear torn off in Germany, or concussing himself falling through a cage ceiling in America) all the more unsettling. For all the violence and bluster of big time wrestling, Foley is very humble and approaches matters with frankness and charm that will make a lot of readers forget that they're reading about one of America's most vilified professions. He gives a great understanding of the real toll this fake sport takes on his body, and on his family (having two kids watch him take such beatings had more to do with his retirement than all the injuries). His thoughts on this secretive business, its rabid fans and his bizarre coworkers are frequently more interesting than any artificial storyline you could see on wrestling television.

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