GIMP: The Story Behind the Star of Murderball

GIMP: The Story Behind the Star of Murderball

by Mark Zupan, Tim Swanson
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GIMP: The Story Behind the Star of Murderball by Mark Zupan, Tim Swanson

College soccer star Mark Zupan had been out drinking one night and had passed out in the back of his best friend's pickup truck when his friend got in the driver's seat, decided to take the truck for a spin, and accidentally crashed it. Thrown into a canal and stuck in frigid water for fourteen hours, Mark was finally rescued and learned soon after that he'd broken his neck. He'd most likely be a quadriplegic and spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, doctors told him. At first Mark's only goal was to walk again. When that proved impossible, he fell into the depths of anger and despair, retreating from the world and the people closest to him. But love, friendship, and a new sport, quad rugby (a.k.a. "murderball"), helped Mark create a new existence that's truly exceptional.

Gimp, the no-holds-barred memoir of a Paralympic athlete and the star of the Academy Award–nominated documentary Murderball, is an inspiring, defiant, and revealing celebration of spirit and will that confounds readers' prejudices by offering proof that a guy in a chair can still do amazing things: have sex with his girlfriend, party with his friends . . . even crowd-surf at Pearl Jam shows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061843327
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 653,497
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark Zupan is a Paralympic medal winner and the star of the MTV/ThinkFilm documentary Murderball. He lives in Austin.


Tim Swanson is the West Coast bureau chief for Premiere magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Gimp: When Life Deals You a Crappy Hand, You Can Fold---Or You Can Play 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Ashiers More than 1 year ago
One amazing book. I read it as a Freshman at Ball State University for our freshman required reader. I LOVED it. Cliche, but I laughed and cried both because of how touching and real the book was throughout. He knew exactly what was right and wrong in his situation and he chose to make the best of it anyway. He truly lives the line, "When life deals you a crappy hand, you can fold - or you can play." He definitely chose to play. Recommended read for ALL ages, whether you're dealing with crap in life or not.
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Marhatz More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring, awesome read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gimp was one of the best books that I have ever read. Being a soccer player i understood everything he was going thorugh. From college coaches looking at you, to being surrounded by girls and partying. This whole book rally helped to change me as a person in a way. It showed me that when life sucks at some points you can either give up or you can continue to push on strong. That is exactly what Mark did when he got into that car wreck. He was drunk, partying way too late and he had a full scholorship waitng for him. However, he drove and he became paralyzed from the waist down. You can just say that his life sucked from there. However he found a new sport that he loved (murderball) and he became a pro and made our paralympic team as a rookie. The quote i will remember the most is, "When life deals you a crappy hand, you can play or you can fold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this is one of the best books that encourages all indivuduals that had a 'normal' life and had an event that occured that would change their life forever. I was able to feel Mark's emotions because of his fabulous writing and was able to relate to his accident. This happened to me too. I was in a coma for 6 wks. and then went through rehab for another 4 mo. It makes me want to wrie about my life prior to my accident, after, and now. I can relate too all the feelings and words that mark describes in this fabuluos book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this book is utterly amazing. I could not put it down and had it read in 2 days time. Zupan's writing style in this book is completely raw and uncut. Which I thought was great. He uses the F Bomb several times in the book, but that just shows you how Zupan is. Mark leaves pretty much nothing out in this book. He tells you about his highest points, and about his lowest. One moment this book will have you laughing your butt off, and the next you may be balling your eyes out. The point of this book is not to pitty Mark and say 'Oh look at the great life he had...' No it's to show you that Mark has done more in a chair then he did when he could walk. As a fellow disabled person I hope this book will open the eyes of able bodied people and show them that disabled people are people too. They can do everything an able bodied person can, it may be a little different and require a few adaptaions here or there but it will get done. This book is truely a great read and I reccomend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best biographies I've ever read!Nobody could have told Mark's story as well as he does here.Mark is rude and crude throughout much of the book.But he's also brutally frank and honest.This is no-holds-barred,in-your-face,love-me-or hate- me biography at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare that the voice in my head wakes me up, but there I was this past Saturday pie eyed and amped, to ensure I was one of the first one to post a review of GIMP on Barnes & Noble. Perhaps this sounds a bit obsessive, and it might be, but I feel uniquely qualified for the job. You see about 14 years ago, Mark and I were out celebrating a soccer win, and well... let's just say neither of us made it home that night. This book is the culmination of those wild, painful, phenomenal years. It would be an understatement to say I've read the book more then once. It's so powerful in places that I literally had to put it down, and walk away. That sounds dramatic, but certain sections are so vivid and life like that it's as if I was reliving them. GIMP is that raw, it's that alive. Mark Zupan is an exceptional human being. Perhaps you've seen him in the Oscar nominated film Murderball, or in Jackass 2 and both of these are interesting glimpses into who he is but GIMP is the total portrait. GIMP is a masterfully written, unflinching stare of brutal yet beautiful honesty. It packs a Tysonesque punch on so many different levels, each relateable to anyone. Families will learn about love, Friends will learn about true friendship. I could go on but suffice it to say, Gimp has a lot of everything, because Mark has a lot of everything. To label it as being a sports book would be doing it a disservice. Labeling it as self help or inspirational wouldn't be inaccurate but it wouldn't be enough. GIMP is true testament to an exceptional life, it's a fast read and well worth you time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare that the voice in my head wakes me up, but there I was this past Saturday pie eyed and amped, to ensure I was the first one to post a review of GIMP on Barnes & Noble. Perhaps this sounds a bit obsessive, and it might be, but I feel uniquely qualified for the job. You see about 14 years ago, Mark and I were out celebrating a soccer win, and well... let's just say neither of us made it home that night. This book is the culmination of those wild, painful, phenomenal years. It would be an understatement to say I've read the book more then once. It's so powerful in places that I literally had to put it down, and walk away. That sounds dramatic, but certain sections are so vivid and life like that it's as if I was reliving them. GIMP is that raw, it's that alive. Mark Zupan is an exceptional human being. Perhaps you've seen him in the Oscar nominated film Murderball, or in Jackass 2 and both of these are interesting glimpses into who he is but GIMP is the total portrait. GIMP is a masterfully written, unflinching stare of brutal yet beautiful honesty. It packs a Tysonesque punch on so many different levels, each relateable to anyone. Families will learn about love, Friends will learn about true friendship. I could go on but suffice it to say, Gimp has a lot of everything, because Mark has a lot of everything. To label it as being a sports book would be doing it a disservice. Labeling it as self help or inspirational wouldn't be inaccurate but it wouldn't be enough. GIMP is true testament to an exceptional life, it's a fast read and well worth you time. Please read it today.