Zach Anner's new book about living with cerebral palsy is full of surprises

By Caroline Leavitt
Updated March 11, 2016 06:30 PM
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Comedian Zach Anner takes readers on his wild wheelchair ride through 30 amazing years of dealing with cerebral palsy – “the sexiest of the palsies,” as he likes to say – in his new memoir If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny.

Refusing to let his body stop him, he relies on spirit, grit and his finely honed sense of humor to roll fearlessly into his future.

He rides a Mars rover, wins an Oprah Winfrey Network contest to create his own travel series, and even does a YouTube exercise video, “Workout Wednesday”, which gets more than 11 million hits, despite his “legs being just for show.”

But while his body conquers obstacles, his heart pines for love. Considering himself “the runt of the romantic litter,” he yearns to woo Cindy Crawford, and in one of the book’s sweetest moments, Anner discovers that not only is he datable, he’s desirable, too, as he meets the love of his life online.

Hilariously funny and uplifting, Anner “seizes not just my moments but my mistakes” to craft a life crowded with fans, love and Internet fame, reminding us that disability is no match for dreams.