Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale

Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale

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by Hogan Gorman
     
 

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From Prada to poverty-one woman's harrowing and hilarious journey

Ex-model Hogan Gorman was living the typical New York working actor's life-auditions and classes by day, waitressing and fending off handsy customers by night-when a wise (or just crazy) friend convinced her to ask the universe for a change. And she got one-coming at her at forty miles per

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From Prada to poverty-one woman's harrowing and hilarious journey

Ex-model Hogan Gorman was living the typical New York working actor's life-auditions and classes by day, waitressing and fending off handsy customers by night-when a wise (or just crazy) friend convinced her to ask the universe for a change. And she got one-coming at her at forty miles per hour. Hit by a car and suffering debilitating injuries, and with no health insurance, the fashionista attempts to bounce back into her (thrift store-purchased) Jimmy Choos even as she deals with short-term memory loss, stalker ambulance drivers, trying to stay vegan on food stamps, crazy judges, hot doctors, and unsympathetic government workers.

Inspired by her acclaimed one-woman show, this is a bitingly funny and keenly observed account of the cracks in our medical and social welfare system and how one woman's resilience combined with a generous dollop of humor helped her fight her way to recovery.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Hogan Gorman has written a smart, tough, and very funny book about serious injury, immense pain, and her war against the American medical system. Oh, and did I mention that it's VERY FUNNY?"
—-Salman Rushdie

"Hogan Gorman's story will make you furious, it will make you incredulous, and it will also make you laugh your ass off."
—-Rachel Dratch, author of Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle     

"Equal parts hilarity and humiliation, funny and frustrating, bone breaks and head shakes, Hot Cripple will force you to look more closely at our health care, legal and social welfare systems, as well as your own life and the lives of those we ignore every day."
—Wade Rouse, author of It’s All Relative and I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship

"The funny, moving story of the blue-eyed, blond model/actress who became the unlikely poster girl for the plight of the poor and uninsured in America after she was struck by a car in New York City street in 2004. Though Gorman admits that she's not the kind of woman who typically elicits sympathy from most folks, the author's tale of woe following her near-death experience is so tragic and compelling, it doesn't matter one bit that she never once lets her coarse, sarcastic armor slip. She may be the furthest thing from Snow White (more like the "witch-bitch"), but her harrowing experience grappling with a twisted spine, disinterested welfare hacks and outrageous court officers rendered her so broken and vulnerable, readers will root for this unrepentantly bitchy, foul-mouthed fighter. In fact, Gorman's obvious toughness in dealing with her suddenly penniless situation following her accident only underscores the bleakness of the whole affair. Even amid the desperation, love pulsates just as powerfully as the pain in this candid account of one out-of-work woman's season in uninsured hell. It's a saccharine-free yarn, yet Gorman's relationships with her mother (an ex-nun) and her former modeling partner are both touching and profound. As is often the case, the author only discovered who her true friends were after she suffered her accident and resulting health-care nightmare. Ultimately, Gorman succeeds in not only telling her own triumphant story, but also illuminating the countless problems with the broken American health-care and justice systems. The outcome of her slam-dunk court case is nothing less than astounding, and so is her resurrection. A remarkable, emotional journey through unrelenting pain-and laughter."
—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"(3 1/2 stars)...Hot Cripple is a sometimes funny, often harrowing look at a fear many of us share: getting seriously injured without the means to pay for it."
—-People

"[Gorman is]...a sexy smart-ass who thankfully doesn't let red tape - or anything else - get in her way. There's nothing sappy about this book, and Gorman's don't-mess-with-me attitude will surely fire up even the most broken down spirit, injured or not."
—-Penthouse

"In her sassy, spirited memoir, Hot Cripple, Gorman straps on a back brace over her Prada and leads us through one soulless waiting room after another in search of financial, surgical, and legal help...But as she sells off her label-filled wardrobe to pay the rent and tries to eat vegan on about $4 a day, we glimpse the scary truth about how close many of us are to falling off the tightrope."
—-Elle

"Gorman's brutally honest descriptions of her experiences are sharp and detailed, written in a down-to-earth style...An essential read for those seeking a personal perspective on healthcare."
—-Library Journal

Library Journal
Life was going along just fine for ex-model and aspiring actress Gorman until the day she was hit by a car while crossing a New York City street in 2004. At the time working as an uninsured cocktail waitress, she found herself navigating the murky waters of the American health-care system before the reforms of 2010. While her life was turned upside down and inside out, she learned firsthand what many Americans had already experienced in the search for affordable health care. With the help of her mother, who flew in whenever needed—whether for surgery or another round of doctor visits—Gorman has lived to tell the tale. Her brutally honest descriptions of her experiences are sharp and detailed, written in a down-to-earth style. This book is based on Gorman's one-woman show of the same name, which she performed at the New York Fringe Festival in 2008 (four years after her close encounter with a car's windshield) and for which she won the festival's Outstanding Actor Award. VERDICT An essential read for those seeking a personal perspective on health care.—Claire Franek, Muhlenberg Cty. P.L., Greenville, KY
Kirkus Reviews
The funny, moving story of the blue-eyed, blond model/actress who became the unlikely poster girl for the plight of the poor and uninsured in America after she was struck by a car in New York City street in 2004. Though Gorman admits that she's not the kind of woman who typically elicits sympathy from most folks, the author's tale of woe following her near-death experience is so tragic and compelling, it doesn't matter one bit that she never once lets her coarse, sarcastic armor slip. She may be the furthest thing from Snow White (more like the "witch-bitch"), but her harrowing experience grappling with a twisted spine, disinterested welfare hacks and outrageous court officers rendered her so broken and vulnerable, readers will root for this unrepentantly bitchy, foul-mouthed fighter. In fact, Gorman's obvious toughness in dealing with her suddenly penniless situation following her accident only underscores the bleakness of the whole affair. Even amid the desperation, love pulsates just as powerfully as the pain in this candid account of one out-of-work woman's season in uninsured hell. It's a saccharine-free yarn, yet Gorman's relationships with her mother (an ex-nun) and her former modeling partner are both touching and profound. As is often the case, the author only discovered who her true friends were after she suffered her accident and resulting health-care nightmare. Ultimately, Gorman succeeds in not only telling her own triumphant story, but also illuminating the countless problems with the broken American health-care and justice systems. The outcome of her slam-dunk court case is nothing less than astounding, and so is her resurrection. A remarkable, emotional journey through unrelenting pain--and laughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399537288
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,159,331
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Hogan Gorman is an actress and writer living in Manhattan. She received the 2008 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for her one-woman stage production of Hot Cripple. Visit her website at www.hotcripple.com.

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Hot Cripple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring story of the power of positive thinking and an i can do attitude
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hogan Gorman has done an amazing job of recounting her accident and spiritual journey back to life. A very fast moving story line and a stuning sense of humor. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading. For high school students, for anyone old enough to vote, for church book clubs, anyone interested in humanity and the healthcare system - basically everyone. Hogan has a story to tell, and she does it well. The topic might sound macabre, but Hogan tells it like it is, with aplomb, although shocking at times. Many people feel the government already takes care of the disabled or poor, but when you understand what it is like on a day-by-day basis, or even sometimes hour-by-hour, you cannot deny our country's healthcare system needs fixing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read for anyone who thinks this could never happen to me! I wish I had paid more for the book to contribute to Hogans continuing life journey. Our circumstances are so similar. YES a food stamp receipient has the gall to own a nook!
Urania60 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author's story is compelling, and her story telling style is easy to read. I was *SO* impressed by her personal strength. She was able to fight pain, set goals, and push through. Very inspiring and educational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me thank god that i could stand up and stretch after i finished reading it.. Well done, establishing a quick camaraderie with the reader as she tells the tale.
jennabelle27 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days (in two sittings), so that has to mean something right? I know that I am an exceptionally fast reader, but I think that this book will be a quick read for anyone who picks it up. The writing is straightforward, and Hogan Gorman's story is certainly original. Even though things get tough and dark in her life, Gorman sees the humor and made me laugh out loud more than once. The book is also scarily informative about the workings of social services in New York City...it could serve as a how to guide for anyone who finds him or herself in a similar situation. Having read the book, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I know many people aren't inclined to feel pity for a tall, blonde former model, but I don't think Gorman wrote the book to pull at people's heartstrings for her own sake. I think it was written to entertain and inform and get people who wouldn't normally pick up a book on the health care system to consider its noticeable shortcomings.