Dan Smith, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

07/11/2013 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 11th, 2013, 7 p.m.

In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety. Smith brilliantly defangs the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, expressing both its painful coherence and its absurdities.

Anxiety once paralyzed Daniel Smith over a roast beef sandwich, convincing him that a choice between ketchup and barbeque sauce was as dire as that between life and death. It has caused him to chew his cuticles until they bled, wear sweat pads in his armpits, and confess his sexual problems to his psychotherapist mother. It has dogged his days, threatened his sanity, and ruined his relationships.

Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets and a contributor to numerous publications, including The American Scholar, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate.

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“I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. Daniel Smith’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.” —Oliver Sacks, bestselling author of The Mind’s Eye and Musicophila

“You’ll laugh out loud many times during Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind…In the time-honored tradition of leavening pathos with humor, Smith has managed to create a memoir that doesn’t entirely let him off the hook for bad behavior… but promotes understanding of the similarly afflicted.”  O Magazine

author Dan Smith

Photo credit: Tyler Maroney

Monkey Mind cover art

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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2013

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