Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life

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.

Title:Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life
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About Amanda Stern

Amanda Stern is the author of The Long Haul and eleven books for children written under pseudonyms. In 2003, she founded the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series which she ran until 2016, at Joe’s Pub and later at Symphony Space. Her most recent book is LITTLE PANIC, a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder in Etan Patz era Greenwich Village. It came out on June 19, 2018 from

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    Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life Reviews

  • Nina

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about livin...

  • Hanna

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her s...

  • Emily Housworth

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, “Are you going to die tonigh...

  • Andrea Jenkins

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda’s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was som...

  • Jess

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a c...

  • Emily Jordan

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. ...

  • Kate

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but...

  • Daisy

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been ...

  • sbtbkb

    This was the most accurate portrayal of anxiety I've read. I loved how she was able to capture her childhood anxiety. Her writing is so beautiful. It seems insane that it took her that long to be diag...

  • Paul

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell...