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The Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker, and writer Alexi Pappas shares what she’s learned about confidence, self-reliance, mental health, embracing pain, and achieving your dreams. 

“Heartbreaking and hilarious.” (Mindy Kaling)

“A beautiful read.” (Ruth Reichl) 

“Essential guidance to anyone dreaming big dreams.” (Shalane Flanagan)

“I couldn’t put it down.” (Adam Grant) 

run like a bravey 

sleep like a baby 

dream like a crazy 

replace can’t with maybe 

When “Renaissance runner” (New York Times) Alexi Pappas - Olympic athlete, actress, filmmaker, and writer - was four years old, her mother died by suicide, drastically altering the course of Pappas’ life and setting her on a search for female role models. When her father signed his bereaved daughter up for sports teams as a way to keep her busy, female athletes became the first women Pappas looked up to, and her Olympic dream was born. 

At the same time, Pappas had big creative dreams, too: She wanted to make movies, write, and act. Despite setbacks and hardships, Pappas refused to pick just one lane. She put in a tremendous amount of hard work and wouldn’t let anything stand in her way until she achieved all of her dreams, however unrelated they may seem to outsiders. In a single year, 2016, she made her Olympic debut as a distance runner and wrote, directed, and starred in her first feature film. But great highs are often accompanied by deep lows; with joy comes sorrow. 

In Bravey, Pappas fearlessly and honestly shares her battle with post-Olympic depression and describes how she emerged on the other side as a thriving and self-actualized woman. Unflinching, exuberant, and always entertaining, Bravey showcases Pappas’ signature, charming voice as she reflects upon the touchstone moments in her life and the lessons that have powered her career as both an athlete and an artist - foremost among them, how to be brave. Pappas’ experiences reveal how we can all overcome hardship, befriend pain, celebrate victory, relish the loyalty found in teammates, and claim joy. In short: how every one of us can become a bravey.

©2020 Alexi Pappas (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“This is not only an inspiring look inside the mind of a gifted athlete - it’s an arresting debut by a gifted writer. Alexi Pappas reveals how we can find the courage to face our fears, the grit to achieve our goals, and the resilience to bounce forward after failure and heartbreak. I couldn’t put it down.” (Adam Grant, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Originals)

“Bravey heralds the debut of a skilled memoirist. In heartfelt, vibrant prose, Alexi Pappas gives us her captivating life story. A beautiful read that is sure to resonate deeply.” (Ruth Reichl, New York Times best-selling author of Save Me the Plums)

“With Bravey, Alexi Pappas tells a story of persevering through hardship, finding your footing as a leader, and harnessing the unrivaled power of teamwork. Her book, which is candid, funny, and real, offers practical guidance to those looking to forge through obstacles, build their teams, and become leaders in their own lives.” (Abby Wambach, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Wolfpack

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I wanted to love this!

I love seeing and hearing Alexi in interviews and podcasts. unfortunately I had such a hard time getting into this. I had to force myself to finish it. while there are some good moments, she tends to drone on and on and hop around the timeline which I found very confusing. I did however love the forward done by Maya Rudolph.

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I don’t say this often, but I didn’t want this book to end. Completely inspired. Thank you

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I cannot even express the extent to which I deeply connected and resonated with this book. Alexi Pappas is smart, articulate, wise and beautifully articulate in her words.

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  • Allison Strawn
  • 2021-01-18

I now see myself differently

I have struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts for several years now. This book felt uncomfortable at first when she would talk about her mother’s mental health struggles so candid. As I continued to listen, and heard Alexi’s struggles, I began to feel like I wasn’t alone. I felt uncomfortable at first because I had felt the pain she describes when related to mental health issues, but hearing it can affect successful people normalized it for me. This book may make you cry both sad and good tears, and it is well worth it!!! This book made me see my mental health struggles as only a part of my story rather than something that has to take over my whole life.

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  • rkreif
  • 2021-04-23

meh

As a runner, I really wanted to like this book, but it was only okay. There were some interesting, and very descriptive stories that I enjoyed. But I stuggled with the narration and lack of highs and lows.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-24

Best book to light that fire under ur ...

I read too much non fiction self help kind of stuff. This book is on a league of its own. Narration is superb and it is basically a delight to listen to. I love being Bravey!

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  • R. Seebach
  • 2021-01-14

So relatable-- yes even for non runners!

Easily one of the best books I have listened to. Although I am a runner, I do believe this book is good for anyone. Alexi doesn't get into many details of the running. so if that's not your thing, don't worry! Give this book a try. Both inspirational and motivating, yet down to earth and relatable. I think many people would benefit from listening. The insights from her life experiences were profound. You come away from every section inspired and hopeful, and as if anything in the world is possible. I simply can not encourage you to listen to this book enough!

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  • Jen
  • 2021-05-04

Spectacular, honest, brutal, moving

Would 100% for anyone and everyone. Well produced, well written, honestly shared and movingly captured!

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  • Margaret B
  • 2021-04-25

Beautiful Bravey!

What amazing motivation written with heart. I can only hope to be a Bravey. I hope to truly reach goals with these wise words from Alexi guiding my moves.

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  • 2021-04-22

For Mothers, Daughters and Everyone Else

The messages here go far beyond athletics into a real truth about life, learning and being who you are.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-02

Tears & laughs

Alexi really shared her life ... like every part. She did it with grace while also having to relive moments she may not have wanted to relive. However, as you finish the book you are brought to understand why she shared every moment. Every moment in her life, or anyone’s life develops an individual for who they are & will become. Bravey, was incredible.

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  • cynthia Porter
  • 2021-03-31

So meaningful!

I never knew that I needed this book, until I was so far in that I could not leave. A beautiful story and an inspiration to all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-29

Great book with an honest message.

Really enjoyed how open and truthful this book was. Read on her own voice it really made a positive and lasting impact on me. Would definitely recommend to others and I already have. Thank so much for sharing Ms. Pappas!