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Monkey Mind by Daniel B. Smith
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Jun 25, 2012

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I'm not sure if I was supposed to laugh as much as I did at Mr. Smith's memoir. This is one of the funniest and most insightful books I've read in a long time. Let me be clear - I wasn't laughing at Mr. Smith, but with him. He writes with great candor of the monumental ridiculousness of the various situations in which he has found himself owing to his long-term struggle with extreme anxiety. The panic attack at the Arby's "fixins" counter kept me going for days.

More than a memoir, Mr. Smith includes a brief, interesting account of the philosophical and historical underpinnings of the condition we today call anxiety. Some of these sequences got a bit boggy in areas, and I found myself wishing he would get back to more of his autobiography. I especially enjoyed the story of how he met, and lost, and later reunited with his wife. And even if you don't know anyone with anxiety, it's worth reading for the very funny account of Mr. Smith's hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and the very creative solution he came up with to treat it. I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program.
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