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Won’t Do Stand-Up in a Wheelchair follows the journey and life of Sandi Selvi, a Bay Area stay-at-home mom turned M.S. Society advocate turned stand-up comedian and author, through her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and the stem-cell transplant that saved her life.
Selvi’s story sounds like an incredible one—and one that needs, desperately, to be shared to celebrate the benefits of stem-cell transplants. But Selvi should not have written it, at least not alone, and it shouldn’t have passed the editor’s desk as it’s written. It has all of the signs of a memoir that got the greenlight based solely on its topic, without any consideration to the craft or the audience. The richness lurking beneath the surface of this story was not explored because of Selvi’s amateurish writing and inability to plot a coherent storyline. Read the rest of this entry »