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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537288
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 964,649
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Be Careful What You Wish for 9

2 Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen... Now That's Just Cruel 26

3 Marijuana Mama and Mary Jane 50

4 Sex: The Final Frontier 67

5 As If Being a Blonde Isn't Challenging Enpugh 81

6 This Is My Pee Cup 96

7 Paris Hilton, the Food Stamp Vegan 115

8 Crazy Juice, My Hip-Hop Knight, and Labeled "Disabled" 133

9 There Is No Fault; I'm Just the Public Assistance Crier 157

10 A Girl's Guide to What to Wear to the Welfare Office 177

11 Blanche DuLaw 194

12 Gandhi Land Diaries 219

Afterthought 247

Acknowledgments 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Hot (witty) cripple

    Inspiring story of the power of positive thinking and an i can do attitude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Hogan Gorman has done an amazing job of recounting her accident

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    This book should be required reading. For high school students,

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Please read for all of our sakes

    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!

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Enjoyable Read with Meaning

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    This book made me thank god that i could stand up and stretch af

    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.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Fun AND informative

    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.

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