Running from the Mirror: A Memoir

Written by Howard Shulman

“Masterfully crafted from beginning to end.”
“So moving. I won’t forget Howard Shulman’s story.”
“Good therapy for anyone thinking their circumstances are beyond hope.”

Just three days after he was born, Howard Shulman contracted an infection that devoured his face. Abandoned at the hospital by his parents, he became a ward of New Jersey under the care of a state-employed experimental surgeon.

Running from the Mirror is the poignant story of one man’s struggle to survive against staggering odds and find his place in the world. Howard gives an unflinching account of growing up a bullied outcast, with no family to officially call his own. Living on the edge, he relies on little more than street smarts and grit to rise from dishwasher to successful entrepreneur. Along the way, a European actress, a schoolteacher, and a fiery Latina help transform his life.

Filled with heart-wrenching suffering as well as soul-lifting joy, Running from the Mirror is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.



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