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Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Agent: Jennifer Gates

Chris Gardner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2006). His life story was the basis of the 2006 hit film "The Pursuit of Happyness" (Sony Pictures), starring Will Smith in an Academy Award–nominated performance. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (Amistad). Accomplished and beloved author, poet, dancer, actress and singer Maya Angelou said, "Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better."

 by Chris Gardner
The Pursuit of Happyness
By Chris Gardner | Amistad, 2006

Winner: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/Autobriography)

At the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city's working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, "HO-tels," soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station.

Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district.

More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher, and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.