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Discover how one eccentric leader in the disability community finally overcomes his back injury and no longer suffers from chronic back pain. Find out if the unorthodox methods he uses in healing back pain will work for you. This hard to ...
Discover how one eccentric leader in the disability community finally overcomes his back injury and no longer suffers from chronic back pain. Find out if the unorthodox methods he uses in healing back pain will work for you. This hard to believe, funny, yet true story is written and illustrated by award-winning author Joe Chiappetta.
Disability advocates, people with disabilities, their family members, as well as healthcare professionals and businesses that employ people with disabilities will be aching with laughs, insight, and the awareness that brings healing in this lighthearted yet powerful journey. Alternative medicine meets cartoon humor and the Bible. The book also includes Disability in Comics: a chronological index of major characters with disabilities featured in the history of comic books and strips.
Features over 175 Silly Daddy comics and illustrations. Bonus features include stories by Denise and Maria Chiappetta as well as Jillian Moyet.
Posted March 13, 2013
As someone who has struggled with chronic ailments throughout my life (both visible and non-visible,) I highly recommend Joe Chiappetta’s “The Back Pain Avenger.” This book is satisfying—dare I say healing?--on so many levels: personal, inter-personal, psychological, spiritual. It’s the kind of book that is meant to be shared with others, anyone you know who is struggling with pain and seeking guidance from a friendly voice. As someone who often finds self-help books less than helpful, I sometimes struggle to locate a narrative that is a perfect combination of sage words, humor, relatable experience, and warmth. “The Back Pain Avenger” offers all this in spades.
Furthermore, it is a fascinating read even on a text level. “The Back Pain Avenger” is a wonderful collage of historic and Biblical quotes, comic illustrations, and personal testimonial. Chiappetta is a talented bricoleur, interweaving his tale of recovery with inspirational passages, stories of his social work career, and charming family anecdotes in a way that feels seamless to the reader. His love for history shines through in a really compelling way; for example, in his exposition of how his back problems began (slipping while running across Cermak Road,) Chiappetta describes the origin of the street’s name (for Mayor Anton Cermak,) the street’s significance as the site of his assassination (while shaking Franklin D. Roosevelt’s hand,) and notes that the word “slip” is used in the Bible “as a warning over 10 times!”. Exploring these broader connections within “The Back Pain Avenger,” I felt that Chiappetta’s story (and my own stories of pain and recovery) were tied to something much bigger than me. That’s probably the best thing anyone can take from a personal memoir.