Little Panic

Dispatches from an Anxious Life
CD - unabridged
Audio (12 discs)
Product Number: DD38123
Released: Jun 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781549198885
Narrator/s: Brittany Pressley
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In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic. The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern-how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to work the way it was supposed to? Deep down, she knows that there's something horribly wrong with her, some defect that her siblings and friends don't have to cope with. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s in New York, Amanda experiences the magic and madness of life through the filter of unrelenting panic. Plagued with fear that her friends and family will be taken from her if she's not watching-that her mother will die, or forget she has children and just move away-Amanda treats every parting as her last. Shuttled between a barefoot bohemian life with her mother in Greenwich Village, and a sanitized, stricter world of affluence uptown with her father, Amanda has little she can depend on. And when Etan Patz disappears down the block from their MacDougal Street home, she can't help but believe that all her worst fears are about to come true. Tenderly delivered and expertly structured, Amanda Stern's memoir is a document of the transformation of New York City and a deep, personal, and comedic account of the trials and errors of seeing life through a very unusual lens.

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Author(s): Amanda Stern
Narrator(s): Brittany Pressley
Product Number Z100133202
Released: Jun 19, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: #9781549198861
Author(s): Amanda Stern
Product Number EB00711699
Released: Jun 19, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781538711934

Professional reviews

"Brittany Pressley does a justifiable narration of Amanda Stern's memoir of living with panic disorder. Pressley's gentle, friendly vocal disposition is fitting to tell Stern's story. Pressley has a certain clearness and purity in her interpretation; she expresses each anxious thought powerfully, guiding the listener to understand its complexity and debilitating effects. Adjusting her tone for each panic-stricken moment, she sounds authentically hysterical, fearful, or agitated. Stern's struggle with handling her extreme anxiety on her own while hiding it from others and seeking a diagnosis is fascinating and relatable. Her ability to express distressing thoughts and the unique way she views the world can be surprisingly humorous. D.Z. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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