LISTEN to today's featured guest Amanda Stern
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.
About the Author
Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she's been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Post Road and St. Ann's Review.
Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul, eleven books for children under pseudonyms, and most recently the memoir Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick. In 2003, she founded the popular live event series “Happy Ending,” produced at Joe’s Pub and Symphony Space, it welcomed everyone from Zadie Smith to Laurie Anderson, and ended in 2018. She serves on the advisory board of Glenn Close’s mental health organization Bring Change to Mind, will soon be partnering with the JED Foundation, and speaks to schools and organizations about anxiety, sharing her story and offering techniques to manage even the most severe cases.
Author of Little Panic / Advisory Board, Bring Change to Mind