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

by Hogan Gorman


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Product Details

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

About 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

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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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 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.