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Like the day Elvis died or O.J. was acquitted, the Tuesday you wake up paralyzed is not a day you soon forget. For writer Allen Rucker—baby boomer, husband, father of two, aging Hollywood also-ran—life started over that Tuesday when, at the age of fifty-one, he was struck by a rare disorder—transverse myelitis—that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Why him? Was he beLike the day Elvis died or O.J. was acquitted, the Tuesday you wake up paralyzed is not a day you soon forget. For writer Allen Rucker—baby boomer, husband, father of two, aging Hollywood also-ran—life started over that Tuesday when, at the age of fifty-one, he was struck by a rare disorder—transverse myelitis—that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Why him? Was he being punished? Was it his stressful life? His frustrating career? Telling too many Christopher Reeve jokes? Dazed and paralyzed, he was forced to reevaluate everything, from the simplest bodily functions to the mysteries of the universe.In a style that is at once funny and moving, The Best Seat in the House offers an unpretentious and unapologetic account of learning to live with paralysis. Without trivializing his situation, and without sermons or clichés, Rucker invites all readers, whether disabled or not, to identify with him for better or for worse. This remarkably comic and heartfelt book speaks to the fragility of life and to the resilience and adaptability of a single, ordinary human being. Lucky for us, this human being has a sense of humor.At first, it may not look like the best seat in the house, but read on. You might be surprised....

Title : The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life
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ISBN : 9780060825287
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life Reviews

  • Elaine
    2018-09-15 01:48

    I avoid books like this. They are self-pitying or preachy or both. At least that's what I thought. I read too many inspirational stories in The Readers Digest when I was a kid. Why I even bothered to look inside this, I don't know--but I am glad I did.There is no hint of the maudlin, no "why me" and no attributing this to a God Who taught him compassion or faith by visiting this affliction on him. Actually, Rucker never refers to his paralysis as an affliction, nor as a blessing in disguise. It is what it is. And he's stuck with it. No miracles are waiting in the wing, and that's it.However, this is not gloomy in the least. The writing gallops along. not a word misplaced. Once I read a few pages. I was hooked, and read straight through to the end. This is an honest, candid story of this man's life anf an excellent read

  • Nicole Mournian
    2018-09-16 22:15

    he woke up and was paralyzed!

  • Deborah
    2018-08-28 03:12

    Honest. Revealing. Thought provoking. How would I handle becoming suddenly paralyzed? We are all stronger than we think according to Rucker. When tragedy strikes, most of us find a way to cope constructively and live with the aftermath. Is that just the good ol' Midwestern work ethic talking? Or is that just human nature? Being one of the aging baby boomers he writes about who don't want to believe we are going to experience age-related illness or disability, I confess that changes are happening and I am being forced to accept the fact that I am not forever young and my body is not invincible. So I look to people who are coping with aging bodies, serious illness, and/or unexpected stress for good role models. Rucker qualifies.

  • Nanette
    2018-09-19 00:57

    Not what I expected... even better! So glad I read this book. Rucker does a fantastic job analyzing his own personal process of grief after being struck with paralysis, and he does so with perspective, humor and self-compassion.

  • Mackenzie
    2018-08-28 02:46

    I really didn't enjoy this book. Once you start reading, it becomes clear that this is supposed to be humorous, however, I couldn't get myself to crack a smile, except for in chapter 9. That chapter was funny here and there, but otherwise, no. The idea of his paralysis by TM could've been a great book, but he took the wrong approach. He talked too much about his career and Hollywood connections, and not enough about the paralysis itself. I can tell he's a nice guy, though, cares about his family and friends, and definitely put a lot of effort into writing this, so I'll give it 2 stars.

  • Catherine
    2018-09-17 20:11

    The author literally gets up one day, has a sore throat, starts to feel a bit weak in the legs, has a pain in his abdomen, and ninety minutes later is paralyzed from the waist down. Apparently it's rare, but it does happen, this condition that the author has, with approximately 33,000 diagnosed cases in America. Allen Rucker balances humor with his true feelings of depression, self-pity, anguish and frustrations. This book was a very enjoyable read.

  • SouthWestZippy
    2018-08-27 02:12

    Allen Rucker does not hold back on what is like to wake up paralyzed. He contracted myelitis and his world was just about turned upside down. He shares what its like to make a living and get around with his wheelchair. Very open and at times too honest in his feelings and making peace with his new beginning.

  • Joe Cole
    2018-09-21 01:46

    Even if I didn't read this book for a class, I would still have given it two stars. Rucker isn't the best author. His sentences are overly drawn out, there were several run on sentences and comma splices throughout the entire piece. Rucker also has a tendency to jump around between the past tense and the present tense so the flow is a little choppy.

  • Chris Dean
    2018-09-15 23:53

    Rucker's inspiration story of his unexpected illness and resulting paralysis. Told often times with humor, his journey is one of resilience. One thing is for sure, Rucker doesn't want the reader to feel sorry for him....or maybe he does :-) I also liked his comments about being a "hero" or "heroic" due to his present condition. Overall an enjoyable read.

  • Wendy
    2018-09-23 01:03

    Didn't know who this guy was before I read the book, so I really didn't care too much about his story.

  • Bethany
    2018-08-29 18:46

    I felt like I didn't quite know if this guy was bitching or if he was trying to tell people the reality of paralysis. I guess he did both. It wasn't easy to follow his train of thought.

  • Barak Stussman
    2018-09-02 20:00

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  • Liz Logan
    2018-09-22 23:50

    Honest, perceptive and funny. In the course of 24 hours, Allen Rucker is paralyzed by transverse myelitis, and tells all.

  • Becky
    2018-09-05 03:07

    A very well-balanced discussion about life with paralysis. Reminiscent of Callahan's "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot."

  • Alex
    2018-09-05 19:05

    Whether you become suddenly paralyzed like Rucker, or face other adversities in life, this is an insightful, poignant, and funny read!

  • Dorothy Jaeckle
    2018-09-03 01:05

    I loved this book. Allen Rucker had such a great take on what happened. Very inspiring

  • Sally
    2018-09-17 01:52

    A very honest account that was worth reading.

  • Jeremy
    2018-09-06 22:51

    I read this book and couldn't stop. The author actually kept my attention with a subject I normally wouldn't find exciting.