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I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond Paperback – April 1, 2011
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"Geri is an amazingly courageous, talented actor. Her view of life is inspirational." Lily Tomlin, actress and comedian
About the Author
Geri Jewell is an actress, a motivational speaker, and a disability and diversity consultant. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2005 Independent Living Legacy Award and the 2006 Victory Award. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Ted Nichelson is a writer, musician, scholar, business entrepreneur, and pop culture historian. He is the coauthor of the book Love to Love You Bradys with Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen. He lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
Geri Jewell courageously gives the reader an honest, no-holds-barred view of her life growing up in a era when tolerance and compassion were not "everyday" words. Ms. Jewell takes the reader through decades of struggles, setbacks, perseverance and accomplishments. Never losing sight of her dream while she discovers her Spirit. This reader laughed and cried turning each page with anticipation of the next, not wanting the story to end. There must be a sequel!
"I'm Walking As Straight As I Can" is a must-read for anyone with special needs, any parent with a special needs child, any person who has a dream. Do yourself a favor, buy this book and after reading, pass it on. This life needs to be acknowledged. The question is: Will HBO have the moxie to present it?
She is raw in her emotions and the stories of her life resonate and heal us and remind us that the challenges of life... are life, and each of our moments, highs and lows, makes us appreciate the journey that we take. It is a book that grabs you from the beginning and takes you through the life of an incredible woman.
It has brought a special love and light into my life and will for everyone who reads it. I look forward to what is next in Geri's journey and wish her so many more triumphs and successes.
Geri,... with your words and love, you have helped to build a bridge for me to get to realize my next moment and the possibilities of persistence, joy, laughter, and love. My world is so much brighter because of you Geri Jewell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it! She knows how to grab her audience and keep them reading by adding humor to areas of her life that are usually not funny. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Geri's resiliency, bravery, and perseverance is inspiring!Published 4 months ago by Michelle Gleason
To be honest, due to my own struggle with CP, I was concerned this book was going to be another "you can do anything, lets all overcome adversity" book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris Hendricks
This is one of the best memoirs I have read in my life. It is written with so much honesty, integrity, forgiveness and humor. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Diana T Vino
I've had the pleasure of meeting this extraordinary woman in person - her charm is disarming, her humor is infectious and her book will warm your heart. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ReadItAll
A revealing tell-all book about an iconic TV actor who has a physical disability.Published 10 months ago by JB Abajian
This is an amazing book about an extraordinary human being. Insightful, honest and inspiring. I read it when it first came out and then got the audio cassetes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Fern F. Brooks
An honest and poignant look at Geri Jewell's early life, and career as she showed the world that "disability" is really only "Different Ability. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joy Steele