Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Paperback)

Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

By Patty Chang Anker

Riverhead Books, 9781594632846, 416pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

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Description

"A compelling story of everyday courage" (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Patty Chang Anker grew up eager to please and afraid to fail. But after thirty-nine years, she decided it was time to stop being a chicken. Motivated initially to become a better role model for her two kids, she vowed to master the fears that were choking the fun and spontaneity out of life. She learned to dive into a swimming pool, ride a bike, do a handstand, and surf. As she shared her experiences, she discovered that most people suffer from their own secret terrors--of flying, driving, heights, public speaking, and more. It became her mission to help others do what they thought they couldn't and to experience the joy and aliveness that is the true reward of becoming brave.

Inspired and inspiring, this book draws on Anker's interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to convey both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of others, she conveys with grace and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn't the end point to life, but the point of entry.


About the Author

Patty Chang Anker is the author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead 2013), a memoir about facing her fears and helping others to do the same. She is the blogger behind Facing Forty Upside Down, for which she was named a Good Housekeeping Blogger We Love and a Top 25 Funny Mom at Circle of Moms. She writes the "Some Nerve" blog at PsychologyToday.com and her work has also appeared in magazines and websites from Marie Claire to iVillage. When she's not facing her fears she can be found teaching yoga, publicizing other people's work, or chasing her daughters across Westchester County.
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