Well Enough Alone
A Cultural History of My Hypochondria
By Jennifer Traig
(Riverhead Trade, Paperback, 9781594483806, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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The hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac-from the critically acclaimed author of Devil in the Details.
Jennifer Traig does not suffer from lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, or muscular dystrophy. Nor does she have SUDS, the mysterious disorder that claims healthy young Asian men in their sleep. What she does have is hypochondria. In Well Enough Alone, Traig provides an uproariously funny inquiry into her ailment, as well as a well-researched history of the disorder. While chronicling her life as a hypochondriac and the minor conditions that helped to fuel her persistent self-diagnosis, she offers a literary tour of the disorder's past and present. And by the end, her journey leaves her more knowledgeable, a little less neurotic, and-one might say-healthier.
Jennifer Traig is the author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood and a frequent contributor to The Forward and McSweeney’s. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and resides in Berkeley, California.
"You will laugh. Then you will feel guilty for laughing. Then you'll laugh some more."
-A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Who knew life as a hypochondriac could be so witty and hilarious?"
"Fellow sufferers will find it a stitch."
"Charming, quick, and very funny."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Well Enough Alone gave me enormous reading pleasure from a beguilingly smart and perfectly healthy writer."
-John Hodgman, author of More Information than You Require