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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Bent But Not Broken is an unflinchingly honest memoir about the onset of Peyronie’s disease, a painful and sexually limiting condition that is estimated to affect more than 5% of the worldwide adult male population. Don Cummings writes humorously about the emotional and collateral damage brought on by a suddenly curved penis as he struggles to maintain his sense of sex and ...more
Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by Heliotrope Books, LLC
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Sara Strand
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to tell you completely up front that this book contains sexual content and talks about M/M sexual encounters so if that is not your thing or if your progressive, cool friend would consider you a prude, you need to skip this one all together because there aren't enough pearls in the world for you to clutch.

Alright, so this book is a memoir of sorts about a man who develops Peyronie's disease. Did you know this was even a thing? I did not but being honest, it's not like I've come face t
Christine Rollando
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and witty intermingling of the tale of a man’s penis on Peyronies and its role in his love, loves and life history. The pages keep turning as we accompany the author in his penile straightening journey in parallel with his equally tortuous journey through his long term love and marriage.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Synopsis - In this honest memoir, Don Cummings tells the story about how he drew the short stick in the life and was diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease which is a sudden and painful curvature of the penis.

Review - So, in my household we call a penis, a penis. If you call it a peen, wee wee, weiner, wang, schlong or Kevin and the word penis makes you uncomfortable than be prepared to feel uncomfortable. This memoir is really about more than his penis, don’t get me wrong it’s a lot about
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was approached to review this memoir, I hesitated, not because of the material, but because whenever I review a memoir, I feel a little like I'm sitting in judgement of the author's life, rather than the specific work. Ultimately, I chose to read and review Bent But Not Broken because I felt Mr. Cummings's story should be treated with the same respect and sensitivity we give to every woman who writes about dealing with breast cancer. Just because his memoir has to do with a disease of the ...more
Peter Landau
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read only one book about penises this year make it BENT BUT NOT BROKEN by Don Cummings. I don’t say that just because Don is a friend. He’s also a hilarious writer and penis is a subject that hasn’t received the column inches it deserves. Who doesn’t like penises? Men love them, women love them and even radical feminists are obsessed to the point of wanting to castrate them. But penises have mostly been stretched into pornographic tales or cautionary ones. Few have focused a memoir on the ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my brother-in-law’s memoir. Because I’m familiar with many of the characters, I loved it. But even if I were not, I would’ve enjoyed this book. It is a beautiful story of overcoming Peyronie’s Disease, a long term relationship that weathered the storm, and flashbacks to a childhood of a gay boy coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s funny, sad, bawdy, insightful, and an amazing read.
Jarrett Neal
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Men are often accused of being obsessed with their penis. As a man I think this is true, but it's more complicated than that. A man's penis is a barometer for his physical health, his sense of manhood, his self-esteem and, obviously, his sexual prowess. Don Cummings is fully aware of this, which is why his struggles with Peyronie's disease make Bent but Not Broken a unique memoir, and one I'm glad I read.

American literature contains few narratives that deal with the male body in a mature, seriou
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peyronie's disease is commonly defined as: "the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections."*

For Don Cummings, Peyronie's disease is a diagnosis that ignites: a journey of self discovery, examination of his sexuality, and quest to regain a sense of normality. 

This debut memoir chronicles Don's life as he navigates the diagnosis that suddenly has him questioning his manhood through an open- often humorous- narrative. Don's straightforward nature rega
Cummings' engaging, honest memoir takes as its starting point his developing Peyronie's Disease in middle age. Peyronie's is a genetic condition in which plaque builds up between the tissue layers of the penis, leading to painful and unsightly bent/crooked erections. Cummings relates in gruesome detail not only the arduous medical treatments he underwent, but also the considerable psychological effects of his condition, and the ways in which the disease affected his relationship not only to his ...more
Oct 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on my Kindle for quite awhile, and actually ended up listening to the audiobook. I had found it quite randomly several years back. Unfortunately, what I thought was a serious memoir is nothing more than a lengthy exercise in narcissism. It was hard to have an ounce of empathy for the author, who likens his situation to something of a life/death situation and cannot see beyond himself. The writing is gratuitously graphic and I decided to stop reading this about 2/3rds through.

I w
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from Goodreads first reads program.

This is a fascinating memoir, the author is funny and authentic creating a friendly open vibe for the book. It feels almost like a conversation. I would recommend this book not only for anyone dealing with Peyronie's disease but also with any other medical condition that effects their sense of self. The author's insights into how changes in the body change how one views themselves and their future are really excellent. I think anyo
Earl H.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational and healing read

I am a physician, this is a challenging and emotionally charged issue, Don’s adventure is uniquely his but thru his raw, personal and witty diatribe (his words) there is a gift of hope, healing and even a bit of a chuckle and joy...or blood rushing below!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Don Cummings is one smart, irreverent, no-holds-barred, funny-ass dude.
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little graphic but very entertaining.
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DON CUMMINGS is known for his fearless and humorous writing, presented in books, theatre and film. His love-sex-and-health memoir, Bent But not Broken, was released in March, 2019, published by Heliotrope Books. Don Cummings has had short stories published in Rain Taxi, Cagibi, and Epiphany. He often performs his personal essays at venues around the country: Comedy Central’s Sit ‘n Spin, HBO Works ...more

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