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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Salzman Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442349964
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Anxiety has always been part of Mark Salzman’s life: he was born into a family as nervous as rabbits, people with extra angst coded into their genes. As a young man he found solace through martial arts, meditation, tai chi, and rigorous writing schedules, but as he approaches midlife, he confronts a year of catastrophe. First Salzman suffers a crippling case of writer’s block; then a sudden family tragedy throws his life into chaos. Overwhelmed by terrifying panic attacks, the author begins a search for equanimity that ultimately leads to an epiphany from a most unexpected source.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If there were a prize for most winning writer, Mark Salzman would cop it.”

     New York Times

  • “The concreteness and economy of Salzman’s writing, his eye and ear for tiny resonant details… eventually yield their riches in a clear-eyed vision.”

    New York

  • “Salzman is a gifted storyteller, able in short order to capture the look, feel, even the smell of everyday.”

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Stein | 1/8/2014

    " You got to really like Mark Salzman ( which I do) to really enjoy the book and it fit with my middle age angst reading theme. A quick read but idiosyncratic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 1/2/2014

    " Welcome back, Mark - some of us have missed you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/14/2013

    " This is one of my favorite authors, and I think this might be his most revealing, sad book yet. I just wish it didn't take so long between books! If you're thinking of reading his books, start with "Iron and Silk." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/29/2013

    " I loved this book! Salzman is an excellent writer of fiction so I hope he gets back to that, but this was a great interlude about his struggles with grief and anxiety, told with humor and grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rooker | 8/6/2013

    " A very personal tale of a successful person's insecurity, anxiety, and how he learns to finally let go and find comfort in life's unfolding events. Mark - I understand it took a lot to get there - for what it's worth I'm still paddling up stream. I'd love to sit and have a glass of wine with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvee | 6/16/2013

    " Easy reading, smooth writing. A memoir that shows how a writer reaches a philosophy of life - man is an empty boat rocked, nudged, and moved by cosmic forces outside of his control. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Johnson | 6/10/2013

    " I'm so glad to finally have more from Mark Salzman. This thin volume is thoughtful and full of humor. It's been a long time since I've seen a writer write so eloquently of writer's block. Much tragedy in this ultimately hope-filled book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam Kast | 5/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the large number (relative to the size of the book)of good and noble people in this book. An overall inspiring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/22/2013

    " I have read other books by Mark Salzman and like his experience with Asian culture. This is a memoir. I enjoyed the insights he gains from the perspective of Eastern meditation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moira Russell | 12/20/2012

    " Really not as good as the talk it was based on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 10/25/2012

    " Fuuunnyy.... grasshopper! Good book with some awesome insight to anxiety, love, family and relationships in general. Glad I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Larson | 9/11/2012

    " If you have read Mark's other books some of this book's content you already know. If you haven't read any of his books I don't think this is the one to start with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 7/3/2012

    " Engaging, at times laugh-out-loud funny, and well-written. Though I don't agree with all of the author's conclusions about life, his journey to arrive at those conclusions always kept my interest. His novel Lying Awake, to my mind, is his masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Whisner | 4/15/2012

    " Here Mark Salzman is not the fresh college graduate in China but a grown man with a wife, two daughters, writer's block, and a mess of anxieties. By the end, he's learned some things about how to face life. I liked spending time with him. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Salzman

Mark Salzman is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, he grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale. After college he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China’s most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir Iron & Silk. His other books include The Laughing Sutra, Lost in Place, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.