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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101560709
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 318 KB
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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