Monkey Mind

A Memoir of Anxiety

By Daniel Smith
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781439177310, 224pp.)

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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“This is the kind of memoir you've likely never read before. To be human is to understand what anxiety is, but few understand anxiety as a true mental disorder. Smith's real strength is his ability to provide the reader with very clear descriptions of what it means to suffers from chronic anxiety in ways that are both bracingly honest and self-deprecatingly funny. For readers who suffer anxiety, the world just may feel a tiny less lonely; for others, the hope is that this book will give insight into, and compassion for, those who do.”
-- Jennifer Wills Geraedts, Beagle Books, Park Rapids, MN


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Daniel Smith




About the Author

Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets and a contributor to The Atlantic, New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.




NPR
Friday, Aug 10, 2012

The Science Friday Book Club reconvenes this week to talk about Monkey Mind--writer Daniel Smith's personal account of his severe anxiety. Kirkus Reviews calls the book "a true treasure-trove of insight laced with humor and polished prose." Call in and share your review. Peer into the anxious mind of writer Daniel Smith with the SciFri Book Club. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Monkey Mind

‚eoeI read†Monkey Mind†with admiration for its bravery and clarity.†Daniel Smith‚e(TM)s anxiety is matched by a wonderful sense of the comic, and it is this which makes†Monkey Mind†not only a dark, pain-filled book but a hilariously funny one, too. I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.‚e
-Oliver Sacks

‚eoeMonkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron‚e(TM)s Darkness Visible did for depression.‚e
-Aaron T. Beck, father of cognitive therapy

‚eoeYou don't need a Jewish mother, or a profound sweating problem, to feel Daniel Smith's pain in Monkey Mind.†His memoir treats what must be the essential ailment of our time‚e"chronic anxiety‚e"and it does so with wisdom, honesty, and the kind of belly laughs that can only come from troubles transformed.‚e
-Chad Harbach

‚eoeDaniel Smith maps the jagged contours of anxiety with such insight, humor and compassion that the result is, oddly, calming. There are countless gems in these pages, including a fresh take on the psycho-pathology of chronic nail biting, an ill-fated m√©nage a trois‚e"and the funniest perspiration scene since Albert Brooks‚e(TM) sweaty performance in Broadcast News. Read this book. You have nothing to lose but your heart palpitations, and your Xanax habit.‚e
-Eric Weiner

‚eoeI don‚e(TM)t know Daniel Smith, but I do want to give him a hug. His book is so bracingly honest, so hilarious, so sharp, it‚e(TM)s clear there‚e(TM)s one thing he doesn‚e(TM)t have to be anxious about: Whether or not he‚e(TM)s a great writer.‚e
-A.J. Jacobs

‚eoeDaniel Smith has a written a wise, funny book, a great mix of startling memoir and fascinating medical and literary history, all of it delivered with humor and a true generosity of spirit. I only got anxious in the last part, when I worried the book would end.‚e
-Sam Lipsyte

‚eoeIn this unforgettable, surprisingly hilarious memoir, journalist and professor Smith chronicles his head-clanging, flop-sweating battles with acute anxiety. . . . He‚e(TM)s clear-eyed and funny about his condition‚e(TM)s painful absurdities.‚e

‚eoeThis book will change the way you think about anxiety‚e¶. Daniel Smith's writing dazzled me‚e¶.. Painful experiences are described with humor, and complex ideas are made accessible‚e¶. Monkey Mind is a rare gem.‚e

‚eoeMonkey Mind†is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.‚e
-Ben Greenman

‚eoeSuperb writing [and] marvelous humor . . . If you're chronically anxious and want to better explain to a loved one what you're going through, hand them Monkey Mind.‚e

‚eoeYou‚e(TM)ll laugh out loud many times during Daniel Smith‚e(TM)s Monkey Mind. . . . In the time-honored tradition of leavening pathos with humor, Smith has managed to create a memoir that doesn‚e(TM)t entirely let him off the hook for bad behavior . . .†but promotes understanding of the similarly afflicted.‚e

‚eoeThe book is one man‚e(TM)s story, but at its core it‚e(TM)s about all of us.‚e

‚eoe[Smith]†adroitly dissects his relentless mental and physical symptoms with intelligence and humor. . . . An intelligent, intimate and touching journey through one man‚e(TM)s angst-ridden life.‚e

‚eoeA true treasure-trove of insight laced with humor and polished prose.‚e

‚eoeMonkey Mind is a perfect 10‚e¶. Hilarious, well-informed and intelligent, Smith conveys the seriousness of his situation without becoming pathetic or unrelatable, and what‚e(TM)s more, he offers useful information for both sufferers and non-sufferers‚e¶. He gives us a reason to stay with him on every page.‚e

‚eoeHere's one less thing for Daniel Smith to worry about: He sure can write. In Monkey Mind, a memoir of his lifelong struggles with anxiety, he defangs the experience with a winning combination of humor and understanding.‚e
-Heller McAlpin

‚eoeFor fellow anxiety-sufferers, it‚e(TM)s like finding an Anne of Green Gables‚e"style kindred spirit.‚e

‚eoe[Monkey Mind] will be recognized in the years to come as the preeminent first-person narrative of the anxiously lived life.‚e

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