More Praise for Hipwrecked
“In the guise of Hipwrecked’s author, Phyllis Katz serves as an alchemist, busily transforming the horror of double hip replacement surgery into a conveyor belt of sly humor. Her sardonic disdain for insurance companies (“my Withholders”) is underscored by the necessity of a trip to India (“medical tourism”). Yes, one industry does indeed lead to another.” — Paul Krassner, author of Who’s to Say What’s Obscene: Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today
“Out of the ashes of current America’s bizarre “health” system, Phyllis Katz has fashioned a remarkable Phoenix. Katz gathers all the heartbreak, rage and pain of those who need help most and receive it least, and through her uncommonly intelligent, honest, funny and profound insights, reminds us that humans are always capable of more nobility and grace than they ever would have imagined, regardless of how dehumanizing their experiences may be. I’m delighted and grateful that, unlike so much that we pay for today, this book will not leave us as it finds us.” — Monica Ganas, author of Under the Influence: California’s Intoxicating Spiritual and Cultural Impact and professor of Theater, Film and Television, Azusa Pacific University
“Hysterically funny! An unforgettable trip into “medical tourism,” caused by the catastrophe which U.S. medical care has become, enlivened by wicked truth-telling about her own self-image, before, during, and after her encounter with modern medicine in India.” — Larry Arnstein, TV writer for SNL, Not Necessarly the News, winner of 3 WGA awards, co-author of The Dog Ate My Resume, The Bad Driver’s Handbook, and The Ultimate Counterterrorist Home Companion, one of three writer-editors of Ironic Times
“In Hipwrecked, Phyllis Katz writes about her hip replacement surgery in India with insight and scalpel-sharp humor, where the real pain is caused by her insurance company. Ms. Katz’ skills as a Hollywood comedy writer and improviser are apparent on the page as she turns a hip surgery into a hilarious read.” — Judy Carter, author of The Comedy Bible.
“A daringly funny, perceptive look at circumstances we have no control over.” — David L. Lander, actor/writer, ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
“With a fresh and humorous style that is uniquely her own, Phyllis Katz weaves a hysterical tale of mishaps, quirky life lessons and unexpected friendships when she comes face-to-face with the daunting challenges of life halfway across the globe, and a world away from everything she knows.” — Bryan Batt, star of Mad Men and author of She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother
“In Hipwrecked, Ms.Katz takes us on an intensely personal journey that ultimately affects us all. It is a story of support from family, friends and spouse; a touching, intelligent, realistic and consistently funny tale about the importance of spirit and a sense of humor in the face of adversity; and most of all, a story of courage. Along the way. we gain strength from her experiences, and finally, skip alongside her as if we, too, have two new hips!” — Phil Proctor, actor, writer, member of The Firesign Theatre