Surviving the Odd is a dark comedy memoir written by the daughter of a once prominent but now fading stand up, who is herself a very accomplished entertainer. In 1968, California Governor Ronald Reagan emptied the state’s mental hospitals, leaving hundreds of thousands of mentally ill and emotionally disturbed people on the street. With no medical training or higher education, Tony Milo brought them into a home he called Milo Arms. He cared for and treated them like his own family. Tony ran the home with his five children underfoot, while Candi, his middle child – bright, curious, and mouthy, watched. She learned from her father a priceless definition of family and the deep value of an open heart.
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