WILLIAM MORROW (HARPER COLLINS) TO PUBLISH NO-HOLDS- BARRED MEMOIR BY LENNY DYKSTRA
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will publish the highly anticipated House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the EdgebyAll-Star center fielder, 1986 World Series champion, entrepreneur, and convicted felon Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.
Nicknamed “Nails” for his toughness and grit, Lenny Dykstra approached the game of baseball—and life—with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors, a legendary member of the '86 Mets and ‘90s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series in baseball history. Known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified as the prototypical “Moneyball” player by his former minor league roommate Billy Beane. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered and booze-and-drug-fueled, “Nails” also defined an era of baseball’s culture of excess.
Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra threw his energies into several lucrative businesses, was touted as “one of the great ones” by Jim Cramer, called “baseball’s most improbable post-career success story” by the New Yorker, and purchased an $18.5mm mansion. But when the real estate bubble burst in 2008, Lenny lost everything, eventually serving two-and- a-half harrowing years in prison for bankruptcy fraud.
Now, for the first time, Dykstra will tell-all about his tumultuous career, battling through crippling pain, to steroid use, and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence that included private jets and presidential suites, then, his epic plunge, losing it all and landing in jail. Taking readers on an incredible journey that whiplashes between the heights and the abyss, House of Nails will charge headfirst into bookstores June 28th, 2016 with no apologies and nothing left unsaid.
Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, the soon-to-be-published manuscript for House of Nails is already drawing uncommon praise...
“Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I’ve ever read. It comes from the heart.”
“Lenny has lived a life of Shakespearean proportions. Whether House of Nails is a comedy or a tragedy will be for the readers to decide. But we’re confident it will be worth the price of admission.” —Peter Hubbard