cover image A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex

A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex

Chris Jericho, with Peter Thomas Fornatale. . Grand Central, $25.99 (412pp) ISBN 978-0-446-58006-9

This funny, insightful and compulsively readable autobiography by professional wrestling superstar “Lion Heart” Jericho matches fellow wrestler Mick Foley's bestselling Have a Nice Day! Jericho reached international stardom after joining the media juggernaut World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) in 1999, but this book neglects his many accomplishments since then, such as his legendary same-night defeat of wrestling powerhouses “the Rock” and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to become the WWE's first undisputed heavyweight champion. Instead, Jericho recounts the fascinating story of his early years—in effect, a short history of world wrestling trends since 1960—from his “brutal” early training in his native Canada through finally being invited to join the WWE. Jericho ignores or glosses over controversial topics like steroid use, preferring to keep things light and cheery. His hilarious and detailed descriptions of his many bouts, especially his 1995 “calling card” match in Japan before 10,000 fans, will leave readers hoping for a sequel. (Oct. 25)