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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228830
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Geri is an amazingly courageous, talented actor. Her view of life is inspirational."  —Lily Tomlin, actress and comedian



"Geri is not only is a fabulous comedienne, actress, and motivational speaker, but advocating for people with disabilities has made a difference in the lives of millions. Lord knows she's had an impact on my life! Granted if she could just sit still, I could read her lips once in awhile!"  —Kathy Buckley, actress and comedian


"I have known, admired, and adored Geri Jewell since the beginning of her comedy career. She is not only brilliant and funny, she has overcome an impossible obstacle in Hollywood; she's brunette."  —Elayne Boosler, comedian, writer, and founder, Tails of Joy


"A natural at whatever she does. It was a joy to work with her. It's a joy to read this book."  —Ian McShane, actor who played Al Swearengen in Deadwood

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nmarti84 on April 7, 2011
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but with "I'm Walking As Straight As I Can" one most certainly may. This is not a typical memoir, as Ms. Jewell is not a typical writer, yet she reveals herself in a manner that can only be responded with respect and admiration. This is a book about a beautiful individual with stars in her eyes, a smile on her face and a song in her heart.
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?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David on September 14, 2011
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Geri Jewell has done it again; this time as an author of her own autobiography. Her amazing book, "I'm Walking As Straight As I Can", is an incredible journey that is like a roller coaster ride that you haven't experienced before. It is one of the best pieces that I have read in a long, long time and is one of my all time favorite books. A stunning piece of work.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hanna-Barberian on March 20, 2011
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I was fortunate to read an advance copy of this book, and I was truly amazed at what a wonderfully uplifting and inspirational story "I'm Walking As Straight As I Can" was. There have been a lot of ups and downs in Geri's life and career, and a lesser person might have come across as whiny, complaining and bitter. But Geri tells her story with humor, grace and honesty, with her integrity intact -- and in the end, you finish the book with a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. You'll be amazed at what she has gone through, and so incredibly happy for her. It's unfortunate that the advanced press for this book concentrated so much on her sexual orientation, making it sound as if it's nothing more than yet another in a long (and sometimes boring) list of "coming out" stories. In actuality, that's just a small portion of her life. From her childhood dealing with cerebral palsy, through her struggles to make it in show business (and let's face it -- Hollywood doesn't exactly cast people with disabilities every day), and her ultimate success with her stand-up career and recurring roles on "Facts of Life" and "Deadwood," Geri tells her story in an upbeat, matter-of-fact tone without one iota of "whoa is me." When you finish, it may even put your own troubles into perspective, helping you realize that if Geri wasn't going to let her struggles defeat her, there's no reason why you should either. This book truly is a must-read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl E. Booth on April 8, 2011
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Geri Jewell's autobiography shimmers brightly for a myriad of reasons; it's heartwarming, touching, inspiring, honest (at times painfully so) and amazing...and that ain't all.

I'm so proud of you, and happy for you, Geri, that you have finally shared the TRUE story of Geri, and this, my dear friend, is a book in which you will always be able to take pride. Where's Phil Donahue now? He would definitely have no need to bang his head with the microphone about this book! It's my fondest hope for you that you hit every major talk show out there with "I'm Walking..." and that a marvelous film be adapted from it to share your remarkable life story with millions more around the world.

I'm grateful to know you personally, and understand how every reader of this book will feel as though they do as well, once they've completed it. You've had a fantastic voyage unlike anyone else's, and the courage it took to bring it to light is only surpassed by your wonderful way with words. I laughed, cried, and relived the emotional roller coaster right along with you as I read it. My Angels agree that from here on out, you shall only have (and definitely deserve) the E Ticket Ride pass through the rest of your life. God bless you & keep writing!

Love,

Cheryl
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jake Milieri on March 29, 2011
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When I started reading this book, I was struck by the preface from Jewell that thanks attributed Nicholson for keeping her on track throughout the process, and laid it out she herself wrote this, and he guided her to the finish line beautifully. I half expected him to have been a ghost writer of sorts and that was clearly not the case. This book is clearly close to Jewell's heart, with such painful memories told in such a forthright and open minded manner that no ghost writer could ever embrace as his own. It tells of her growth as a person in a touching way, her friends that have been on her journey throughout and the tremendous love and respect they share, the entire journey even when painful to read, is so worth getting to the finish. You get the sense this woman has lived more lives than most any of us, and her kind hearted nature and especially her sharp humor, shine always. I was sort of thinking there would be more about Deadwood, my favorite show, and while there is plenty, its all very positive and maybe that was her experience. I guess we all want the dirt, lol. Her Facts of Life stories are bittersweet and yet her description of the friendship with co-star Lisa Welchel and the bond they share are truly touching, and proof of this womans ability to see the very best in every situation shine through. I cried (not common for me) when I read of her struggle to come to terms with identity and love herself for herself, made me a little prouder to be a gay man. If she can put it all out there like that, I have nothing to complain about...A MUST READ for anyone interested in the human condition...Write more books Geri, I'll read whatever you want to publish!
Jake Milieri
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