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Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxiety disorder from a very young age, but was constantly tested and told she had a learning disability.
Chapters in this book segue smoothly between her youth, and life as an adult; this ably demonstrates the lasting
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life in the depths of panic while doctors searched for the wrong answers. Finally, at the age of 25, she gains a name for what plagues her. It's not a cure, but there's strength in a name. Amanda tells her story alterna ...more
Emily Jordan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty and still had that thing called a soul and kids ran around unfettered by adult supervision. At turns moving, sad, funny and always entertaining, the book shifts seamlessly between adulthood and childhood. These layer ...more
Emily Housworth
May 03, 2018 is currently reading it
received as an ARC. Can't wait to read!
Nick Stern
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone in the world of anxiety.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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 child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly evocative, as were her descriptions of life growing up in the Village during the 70's/80's. Strongly recommended to anyone who has ever dealt with anxiety or known someone who has, and to anyone else, because it's a ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be helped?
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, it's hard for me to even fathom the fact that I just read a book about a real person that suffers from the same disorder I do. I feel so validated even though this book was hard to read at times because of how close to home it hit. This book was wonderful in all ways. Thank you Amanda Stern!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read.
Crystal Zavala
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Amanda's experiences of growing up with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder is tragically common. It is so impressive that Amanda remembers growing up with the disorder and how it made her think and feel. From the outside it seems obvious that she has a family history of anxiety, it is sad that therapists, teachers, and family didn't diagnose it sooner.

I read this book very quickly and I loved her writing style and the flow of the book. I am a true crime reader and I liked hearing Amanda's experienc
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Stern’s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It’s also about how we treat others when they don’t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in information about life via energetic channels versus words, and how we cope when it’s all too much for us. questions our assumptions about how to “protect” children and other vulnerable ones. What are we protec ...more
Lorraine DeMoranville
Reading this book was tedious and exhausting. The fact that she appears to come from an intelligent family and never got the help or diagnosis she needed until she was 25, is confusing and puzzling.

I could not wait for it to end, and was amazed that she ever got the book published and that People magazine recommended it. Many people have overcome many more tragedies in their lives than Amanda, and even at the end of the book,she has not moved on.I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Susan Csoke
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amanda suffered from a anxiety disorder due to growing up between divorced parents. One living in Greenwich Village, the other in uptown manhattan. At thirty nine>still single and childless she longed to have that close family that she never had growing up.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating insight into one woman's mind. Whether you struggle with anxiety yourself or not, this book demonstrates how those who suffer from mental illness are battling their own brains.
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Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book brings you the life of a lady who lived/suffered her life with different lens, or dare I say a totally different world of having panic disorder.
Amanda Stern
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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 next book is LITTLE PANIC, a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder in Etan Patz era Greenwich Village. It comes out on June 19, 2018 from Grand ...more
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