Review: “Stutterer Interrupted – The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen”

Stutterer Interrupted –
The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen

Author: Nina G
She Writes Press
2019
ISBN #978-1-63152-643-5

“Stutterer Interrupted – The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen” addresses the disability of stuttering. Okay, that is a given. That it is written from a first-person perspective and addresses real-life experiences, is impressive. Nina G is indeed a comedian, but she is also a professional speaker and Disability advocate, and a counselor for students with disabilities at a California Community College.

This is a very interesting book, in that it is written as a series of stories reflecting Nina G’s life and experiences. You find things out, like the fact that she comes from a traditional Italian family, and that there are other disabilities within her family (her father has a hearing loss, as did his father, and his father’s mother). Also, Nina G has a second disability, in that she is dyslexic.

One warning that I would have about this book is that it does contain some strong language. However, having said that, the language is part of who Nina G is, and not an attempt to shock her readers or appear to be this big, bad person.

One of the first things noted is that those who stutter are often interrupted by people who want to supply a word or finish a sentence. I have seen this happen, and it is not right. Have patience, and be respectful, people!

There is also the fact that stutterers are treated differently from everyone else. And everyone wants to give them advice on how to stop stuttering. I can tell you that I would not handle that well!

Through her stories we see the world through Nina G’s eyes. It is hard being the “weird” person. It is hard trying to fit in. It is hard when one of your worst stuttering moments happens when you have to introduce yourself. Which may explain why she is a huge Howard Stern fan! Or not.

It is an interesting journey to watch, as Nina G goes through college, makes the decision to go into comedy, and begins to work with organizations that address disabilities. She is finding herself in many different ways. (And she marries a fellow comedian.)

At the end of the book are chapter notes, and a list of resources for the stuttering community.

There is a lot of back and forth between mini-rants and solid intellectual presentation. All in all, this is a serious subject addressed in a straightforward manner.

© May 2019 Bonne Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

 

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