How boxing empowered a no-quit, noodle-armed newbie.
Darkly humorous and told with striking grit, Lux Alani takes on solitude, midlife athleticism, and the siren call of boxing. Punch Happy celebrates the soulfulness, demands and ennobled force of boxing in 12 rounds of prose that roll and jab with dazzling right hooks.
Weighing in at 85 pages, this little book packs a punch. You’ll read it bell to bell in the time it takes to watch a 12-round bout. You’ll get humanity and F-bombs, eye-candy and inspiration. But mostly you’ll get reminded of your own capacity to overcome. In raw, poetic passages, Punch Happy captures the art of inhabiting one’s strength.
For all the fighters in the ring of life.
Known for her gritty, poetic, and darkly humorous voice, Lux Alani is an internationally published writer, former international model, and longtime boxing fan. She is an advocate of power, shenanigans, and impossible triumphs. Her daring work calls the reader to rise. Visit her at luxalani.com
World Champion Boxer Reviews
“Punch Happy is the perfect
book for anyone curious about the life lessons and rawness of the boxing
experience through a first timer’s eyes. I love how Lux uses the power derived
from her struggles, and her femininity, strength and self-honesty to fuel her
boxing. The no-quit attitude throughout the book is sure to inspire. Lux's
experience and delivery is as real as it gets. I could relate to so many
moments in the book and I know many who read it will, too!”
‘The Real Million Dollar Baby’ Shea, 2x World
Happy is a great read. Lux Alani fully
understands that training in boxing is a metaphor for life. Her incredible
description draws you into her mental, physical and emotional battles as she
navigates the ins and outs of the world of boxing. The feelings of euphoria
that wash over your every movement. How boxing sucks you in and changes your
life. Punch Happy is a
'Slick' Ashley, 5x
World Champion, GWR
5-Star Readers’ Favorite Review
There could be only thing more impressive than
reading Punch Happy by Lux Alani. That would be having the opportunity to meet
her in person and/or to hear her talk at one of her speaking engagements. What
an inspiring woman and author! In her intro, Lux Alani tells readers that Punch
Happy is a call to “get strong” and suggests we might even see ourselves in
these pages. If you’ve ever struggled, really struggled, and let yourself
succumb to the “inner critic” who resides in us all, to that voice which keeps
us from picking ourselves up off the floor and taking charge of our lives, you
need to read Punch Happy. You can throw away just about all of the other
self-help books gathering dust on your shelves: they won’t motivate, inspire
and make you feel like you can do anything to which you put your mind the way
Punch Happy will.
The author uses a conversational, in your face approach to drive home her
points. She hits hard …”boom, smack, thud, whop”… just as she does to the bag
when she’s boxing. She loves “the jolt of sensation” and “sweep of endorphins”
that surge through her as she punches the bag, and her words have the same
effect on the reader. Even if we are not boxing fans, we find ourselves
surprised, energized and motivated by every jolting word, to the point where we
want to jump into the ring with her. And that’s exactly what Lux Alani wants us
to do, at least mentally if not physically.
Punch Happy is a wake-up call to action. Alani wants us to punch hard and
savour the “sweet-ass relief of bypassing all the should’s and don’ts,” not
just those to which we subject our bodies, but with which we clutter our minds.
Punch Happy empowers women, gives them back their self-confidence. But the
empowerment which she sees is one of “compassionate strength” because those who
have survived dehumanization are “potential humanitarians.” How right she is.
Like one of her boxing idols, Muhammad Ali (and the author shares stories
about, and quotes the words of many of them), Lux Alani embraces the
impossible. Punch Happy is full of quotable quotes, her own and those of
others, that hit you between the eyes and leave a permanent mark in your
psyche. Alani is one clever and gifted writer who is a master of metaphor e.g.
“facades left on hangers” (in the gym change-room). The writer in me reads
Punch Happy envious, but marveling at the author’s way with words. And when she
states: “We are all works in progress, all syncopated rhythms and missed beats
and soaring improvisers,” we agree with her that the “point is not to die with
your music still in you.” Hell yeah, Lux Alani! -- Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite