Never Grow Up
by Chan, Jackie; Mo, Zhu (CON); Tiang, Jeremy (TRN)

Chapter One Cannonball
Chapter Two The Boyfriend
Chapter Three My Deepest, Only Regret
Chapter Four A Decade of Darkness
Chapter Five First Love
Chapter Six Number Nine
Chapter Seven My Big Breaks
Chapter Eight Welcome to Australia
Chapter Nine Australia, Round Two
Chapter Ten Becoming the Dragon
Chapter Eleven Overnight Success
Chapter Twelve The Ghost of Bruce Lee
Chapter Thirteen Welcome to Hollywood
Chapter Fourteen The Fling
Chapter Fifteen Free Fall
Chapter Sixteen The Gritty
Chapter Seventeen The Love of My Life
Chapter Eighteen So What if I Die?
Chapter Nineteen Wild Things
Chapter Twenty Fatherhood, Part I
Chapter Twenty-One One More Shot
Chapter Twenty-Two My Flashback Highlight Reel
Chapter Twenty-Three More Dollars Than Sense
Chapter Twenty-Four Costars
Chapter Twenty-Five Fatherhood, Part II
Chapter Twenty-Six Vintage Jackie
Chapter Twenty-Seven Taken for a Ride
Chapter Twenty-Eight Give
Chapter Twenty-Nine The Karate Kid's Dad
Chapter Thirty Sing
Chapter Thirty-One The Real Kung Fu Star
Chapter Thirty-Two My Three Fathers
Chapter Thirty-Three National Treasure
Chapter Thirty-Four Four Houses in Singapore
Chapter Thirty-Five For the Fans

"A candid, thrilling memoir from one of the most recognizable, influential, and beloved cinematic personalities in the world. Everyone knows Jackie Chan. Whether it's from Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid, or Kung Fu Panda, Jackie is admired by generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and mind-bending stunts. In 2016-after fifty-six years in the industry, over 200 films, and many broken bones-he received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film. But at 64 years-old, Jackie is just getting started. Now, in Never Grow Up, the global superstar reflects on his early life, including his childhood years at the China Drama Academy (in which he was enrolled at the age of six), his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death (both on and off film sets), and his life as a husband and father (which has been, admittedly and regrettably, imperfect). Jackie has never shied away from his mistakes. Since The Young Master in 1980, Jackie's films have ended with a bloopers reel in which he stumbles over his lines, misses his mark, or crashes to the ground in a stunt gone south. In Never Grow Up, Jackie applies the same spirit of openness to his life, proving time andtime again why he's beloved the world over: he's honest, funny, kind, brave beyond reckoning and-after all this time-still young at heart"-

This plainspoken, breezy, and sympathetic memoir (translated from the original Chinese) reveals the life story behind the sunny smile of one of cinema's most popular action stars. Sent to the China Drama Academy boarding school as a boy, Chan learned kung fu and other performing skills but also endured abuse and failed to receive basic education-a misfortune he rues to this day. He chronicles his journey from being a poor kid with no connections to a famous Hong Kong performer (and self-described "nasty jerk") in his twenties to a Hollywood superstar, boosted by hits like Rumble in the Bronx and Rush Hour. Just as impressive as Chan's intense work ethic and dedication to doing his own stunts is the list he provides of nearly two-dozen stunt-related injuries he has suffered over the years. He also expands on his off-camera life, which includes being an animal lover and accomplished singer and struggling to reconcile his globetrotting work with fatherhood. This is a worthy addition to library collections not only because of Chan's worldwide fame but also for the value of a non-Western Hollywood success story. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Hong Kong-born Chan (I Am Jackie Chan, 1998), action star and the world's best-known martial artist, outlines his life story in this (mostly) amiable memoir."We can't beat blockbusters like Black Panther and Wonder Woman, but they can't beat us when it comes to kung fu films or pure action—and no one, but no one, can top my huge collection of sticking tape!" So proclaims Chan, who is nothing if not competitive, though he's usually good-humored about it. He was born into the middling rungs of territorial Hong Kong society, his father a martial artist who worked as a chef in a consulate, which landed Chan in a school among rich kids. Chan soon learned to defend himself with his fists, which led him to a school that blended martial arts and acting—just the recipe for the career he carved out for himself, landing his first starring role not long after Bruce Lee's death in a movie called New Fist of Fury, "a major work that would herald the arrival of a new kung fu sta r," as Chan was promised. He worked his way from contract player to star, always with an eye on the bigger prize of Hollywood. On that note, the memoir begins with his being awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2016. "After fifty-six years, making over two hundred films, and breaking many bones, I never thought I'd win one," he allows, before adding that he wouldn't mind winning another for a film in which he starred or directed. The book is definitively warts (and cracked skulls and broken bones and gallons of blood) and all: The author confesses to all kinds of bad behavior, though he writes that his greatest regret is not having been a better student. He warmly praises friends and colleagues such as Michelle Yeoh ("not many people can match me in my willingness to go for it"), Chris Tucker, and Sylvester Stallone. There's plenty of chopsocky goodness here, but Chan also reveals a soulful, thoughtful side—just one you wouldn't want to mess with. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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