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Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court

Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court

by Chris Paul, Michael Wilbon

Narrated by Chris Paul


Chris Paul
Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court

Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court

by Chris Paul, Michael Wilbon

Narrated by Chris Paul


Chris Paul

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By the NBA superstar: A powerful and unexpected memoir of family, faith, tragedy, and life's most important lessons.

The day after future NBA superstar Chris Paul signed his letter of intent to play college basketball for Wake Forest, he received a world-shattering phone call. His grandfather, Nathaniel "Papa" Jones, a pillar of the Winston-Salem community where he owned and operated the first Black-owned service station in North Carolina, was mugged and ultimately died from a heart attack resulting from the assault. His funeral filled the largest church in the county, which held over one thousand people. He was sixty-one years old.

The day after burying his grandfather, Chris was coping the best way he knew how: by playing basketball for his high school team. After pouring in shot after shot, his last attempt was an airball purposely flung out of bounds from the foul line before Chris exited the game. The next day, local news headlines declared that he fell six points shy of the statewide single game high school scoring record. But he accomplished exactly what he set out to do: scoring sixty-one points, one for each year of life lived by his grandfather.

In Sixty-One, Chris opens up about life beyond basketball and the role his grandfather played in molding him into the man and father he is today. He'll speak about the foundation of faith and family he built his life upon, what it means to be a positive light within your community and beyond, and the importance of setting the proper example for future generations. Most importantly, Chris will talk about his home, Winston-Salem, and the close-knit family and village that raised him to become one of the most respected leaders in all of sports.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

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"Moving...fresh and refreshing." — Kirkus

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The upbringing and values that shaped one of the best players in the NBA.

Writing with longtime ESPN writer and TV host Wilbon, it’s clear that Paul isn’t interested in merely recapping his basketball career, which is ongoing and will lead to induction into the Hall of Fame when the time comes. Instead, the book is a tribute to Paul’s grandfather Nathaniel “Papa” Jones, who owned a gas station in Winston-Salem (“as far as we knew, his station was the first Black-owned gas station in North Carolina”) and whom Paul considers to be his “biggest influence” and “my real-life superhero.” From the author’s loving depiction, it’s easy to see why. Growing up, Paul spent countless hours at the gas station absorbing his grandfather’s example of hard work, a value Paul applied to his basketball career to great effect in high school and as a star at Wake Forest and in the NBA. Papa’s “stained hands were legendary,” he writes, “and had more of an impact on our family and community than anything I can do on a basketball court.” In 2002, their community was shattered when Papa was murdered at the age of 61. In Paul’s next high school game, he scored 61 points in honor of his grandfather. That game serves as the primary narrative thread, with Paul leaving and returning to it every few chapters as he fills in the context around it. By the time the game is over, Paul has demonstrated clearly to readers how much his formative years mattered to him. The author also seeks to convey this to his two children. One of the more moving aspects of the book is when Paul shares his experiences with his children in an attempt to mitigate the reality-distorting privilege that comes from having him as their father. Throughout, the author movingly passes along the love he received from Papa and the rest of his family.

A fresh and refreshing take on the athlete memoir.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176409598
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 06/20/2023
Edition description: Unabridged

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