Review: If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

Title: If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

Author: Zach Anner

Narrator: Zach Anner

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Length: 10h 16m

5 stars - I loved it!
5 stars – I loved it!

In this book, comedian Zach Anner uses his humor to discuss his adventures through life in a wheelchair. This memoir was both heartfelt and hilarious and shows that you can overcome anything with the right mind set. 

“Over the years I have learned that a sense of humor is the only skill that turns sucking at life into a career.”

I was introduced to Zach Anner through his infrequent appearances on Rooster Teeth’s show On The Spot. His humor and outlook on life were always amusing so when I realized he had written a book I knew I wanted to read it. I highly recommend this book in audio format though because Zach brings his humor and tone to the story that you would miss if you just read the book. 

“Laughing at somebody is just another way of dismissing them, but laughing with somebody is a bridge to understanding.”

This was a fascinating memoir of a rich life that Zach has led. He frequently talks about his mental health, his struggles with his body, and how he uses humor to cope with things. His career in the film industry was fascinating and I really enjoyed hearing about how he dealt with the cancelation of his show, unemployment, and starting new things.

“Life is like a box of tampons, everything comes with a string attached.”

Overall, this book was a hilarious and moving memoir. If you are looking for a own voices  book about disabilities I would highly recommend this book. 


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